Bell's Cherry Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Bounty628:
2/5 rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
With a nice ABV of 8.50%, the Cherry Stout is classified as being a nice winter offering and should you enjoy this style of beer I would imagine that this particular beer could serve as a nice session beer. The alcohol level of this beer is nicely muted by the complexity of the stout and the overwhelming cherry nature at work in the beer.
When poured, the stout reveals a very dark black complexity with almost no mixed hues at all. There is very little head on the pour and what is there is a thin layer of off-white foam. What is most interesting about this pour is the amount of carbonation that dances up and down the pint glass. For a stout, by visualization alone the beer seems to be remarkably over-carbonated. The mouthfeel will be the real test for this.
The smell does not bring out any sense of roasting or darkness for the stout, rather what is clearly noticed is the cherry. The smell of the cherries immediately seems to highlight a sort of fakeness to the cherry taste that is to come as it is almost too much to really take in. The smell has a bit of chocolate that mixes in with the tartness of the cherry smell.
The carbonation that was so apparent in the pour came through just as explosively in the mouthfeel as it did in the pour. Perhaps a bit strange to have such a highly carbonated stout, when tasted the carbonation highlights that this offering is a rather thin and smooth stout, as well.
Unfortunately what disappoints the most with this offering is the taste of the beer. The taste is sour and fake tasting and unfortunately there is not much that impresses with Bell's Cherry Stout. The cherry taste within the stout is reminiscent of a cough syrup fake cherry flavor and unfortunately because the cherry is so overpowering it takes away from anything else in the stout taste. Though there is a mild roasted nature to the stout, it is muted by the fact that the cherry nature of the beer is so overly highlighted in the taste. Had the cherry been a bit more subtle and a bit less sour, perhaps this offering could have panned out alright.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2009 17:40:01 | More by Bounty628
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3.46/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
APPEARANCE: Dark as night almost all the way through, but JUST at the very surface a little reddish-brown light gets through. A sizable, finger-and-a-half tall head foams up, but has almost zero retention as it quickly collapses into exceptionally thin wisps that resemble a distant galaxy. No lacing.
SMELL: Medicinal cherry aroma with a bitter, coffee smell and a touch of dark chocolate.
TASTE: Hoowee...that is TART. Certainly not as tart as a good sour, but way more tart than I anticipated. This is not the sweet, candy-like cherry that a lot of other beers have, it's legit, Michigan Cherries. Wow. Dark chocolate provides a backbone along with some hints of roasted coffee beans.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium to big bodied with a bigger sparkle than one might expect. Dry throughout the start, almost to a point of puckering, with a sweet finish.
OVERALL: I like what Bells tried to do here, but I think it missed the mark. The cherries are a little too tart, while (somewhat contradictory) the finish is too sweet. Good beer here and I'll revisit it in the future, but this just didn't do it for me the way most Bells Beers do.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 04:29:35 | More by StoneTSR
4.01/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I was in the mood for a stout and I'm always in the mood for a treat, so this creation fits the bill nicely. It sits all black with a pretty little edge of foam. The aroma is faintly of cherry with just a nice roast smell underneath.
The taste is much more of cherries, and these are no artificial cherries, this is the reel deal. It tastes as though someone took a well behaved stout and then took some freshly squeezed tart cherry juice and added it somewhere along the way.
By itself it is pretty sour for a stout, but with some food, it is really good. It definitely is an interesting concoction and the kind of treat I deserve!
Serving type: on-tap
04-05-2014 16:55:41 | More by schoolboy
2.7/5 rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (281 1612 12386, packaged 10/8/13 B)
A: Very, very dark brown to pitch black. Only the slightest mocha head.
S: Roasted malts with a strong cherry scent. Weird scents here. There was a familiar scent early on, but I can't catch that smell again.
T: Tart and weirdly sour, like tart/sour cherries. I was quite excited to try this because I loved their Expedition Stout. It starts off with a bit of the characteristic roast of a stout, but then the odd cherry flavors bumrush it and just take over your palate.
M: Smooth for the most part with only a hint of carbonation.
O: I am extremely disappointed here, but I still want to try the Java, Special Double Cream and Black Note (obviously). I don't think I'm going to be able to finish this. but will probably just share it with someone or cook with it.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 21:50:14 | More by gillagorilla
Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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