Bell's Cherry Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.33/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12oz. bottle -- 2009 vintage -- served into a tulip glass
Pours a deep, deep mahogany. I might as well call this one black. One, maybe one and a half, fingers of khaki head form, leaving adequate lacing. It looks a lot like the Bell's Kalamazoo Stout in terms of color, head, and viscosity. Pretty nice looking stout. And, yes, I am reviewing this beer as a stout, not as a fruit/vegetable beer.
Not much aroma coming from this one, not even at cellar temperature. Some wafts of chalky, old milk chocolate. Generic grain. Some cherry Robitussin. It smells like an average stout, basically. Muted flavors, but nothing that is off-putting or out of place. The cherry is, like I said, sort of medicinal on the nose. It doesn't hamper the score, but it doesn't exactly help it either.
Thankfully, Bell's Cherry Stout tastes better than it smells. The flavor of the Montmorency is, yes, a bit too medicinal. But it is also somewhat tart (as Montmorency cherries should be), and supple. The stout's thick body makes for a cherry flavor that tastes thick... combine that with the milk chocolate flavors from the stout grain bill, and you have a beer that tastes exactly like a cordial cherry. This beer absolutely nails the chocolate-covered-cherry flavor, down to the thick cherry syrup that comes in between the cherry and the chocolate shell. This is a one-trick pony, though; that flavor is this beer's only note. I should say also here that the cherry does not dominate the flavor. I find this to be a balanced beer for what it is. This balance could be entirely attributable to the year of age it has undergone.
Appropriate thickness for a 7% ABV stout. It could stand to be a bit thicker, actually; especially since what thickness there is makes the flavors play nicer with each other. The drinkability is, well, I guess I have to be sort of nitpicky here. Is this stout more drinkable than the average stout? I have to conclude that no, it isn't.
So I'm shopping at Bruno's, one of the few grocery stores in Tuscaloosa that is open on Thanksgiving. I see the Cherry Stout six-packs on the shelf and think "Oh, I haven't seen this year's batch on shelves yet." My roommate, who loves this beer, buys a sixer. When I get home, I notice under natural light that the bottles are very dusty. I check the batch number, and sure enough, it was packaged on Nov. 18th, 2009. Now, I have friends who hate this beer. They can't stand out cherry-forward it is. These year-old bottles, though, are quite balanced. Basically, I am telling you to drink this beer aged rather than fresh. Six months to a year will mellow out the medicinal harshness of the cherries and leave you with a pretty solid, if one-note, stout.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2010 06:16:18 | More by Reaper16
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3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Pours black with a large fading head.
Nose shows chocolate, roasted malt and chocolate fudge.
Flavours include more chocolate and roast but there's also an acidity from the cherry along with authentic cherry flavours. Could use more roast.
Carbonation feels a bit too lively.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 05:46:12 | More by CrazyDavros
Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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