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Bell's Cherry Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout

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80
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1,812 Ratings
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Ratings: 1812
Reviews: 925
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.76%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
"A mysterious dance of tart Michigan cherries with the dark, roasted malts of a big and bold stout." and "Stout brewed with cherry juice."

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-09-2002)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Midnight black with very little light at the edges. The medium-sized head is dusty brown in color, falls quickly to a thin film and deposits almost no lace. Cocoa, coffee and (of course) cherries are present in the nose.

The flavor is of chocolate and cherries, but is way too tart. The sourness actually crosses the line into unpleasantness. The mouthfeel needs to be a lot more full given the style. It's reasonably smooth, but has a touch too much fizziness.

When I was a kid we had a sour cherry tree in the backyard. Every summer my mom would bake the most wonderful cherry pies. In fact, I have never had a better pie in all the years since. She had a knack for knowing just how much sugar to add so that the sourness of the cherries was perfectly counteracted by the sugar. The result was something to behold.

It appears as though Bell's could learn a thing or two from my mom. I'm not a brewer, but perhaps the answer is less sour cherry juice, whole cherries instead of juice, or maybe some percentage of sweet cherries. I really wanted to like Cherry Stout and feel that with a few tweaks here and there, it could be good.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 21:03:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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A - Solid black, red edged, with very minimal head that fades to nothing. No lacing.

S - Very good roasted malt. A certain sour undercurrent may signal the cherries, but it is very subtle.

T - Until you drink the beer, at least; then the sour comes up and out front. The fruit elements, beyond the sourness, are muted, however. As the initial sourness fades down into the close, you get more roasted malts, along with a bitterness that trails out.

M - The sour line is strong, enough for mild puckering. Carbonation is present, making itself clear in a bubbling sensation during the swallow.

O - Interesting beer, but I find the sourness somewhat distracting in a stout that, absent the cherry, would be offering a smooth lusciousness and very nice roasted malt characteristics. As it is, I'm glad I tried it, but pretty sure it won't enter the short list of my go-to options.

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Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.