Bell's Cherry Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a 12oz glass.
Poured a deep inky black with tinges of cola color when held to the light. A very light brown head forms at the top and quickly disappears. Looks like black water. Beverage smells of a delightful play of maltiness and cherry. The cherry smell is multi-layered, smelling sweet but also fleshy (odd, I know).
Sips with a prominent flavor of sweetness, which is primarily cherry backed by malt. Mid sip gives way to more malt characteristics before kicking in with a slight bit of cherry sweetness, mixing with caramel and light chocolate malt flavors and finally finishing with that tart cherry flavor described on the bottle. Finish is a tad syrupy and reminiscent of cherry juice but still enjoyable. Malt flavors become more apparent as beverage is consumed and add to enjoyment in mixing with cherry flavor.
Overall a great beer given it incorporates fruit but I'm not sure how it works singularly as a stout. The interplay of cherry and malt flavor alone makes this worth drinking and almost makes it a lower gravity dessert beer if you weren't into drinking an eisbock. I aged this bottle for a year and while it liked it better fresh, this is still a great one for a cold night.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2011 06:04:57 | More by TheStove
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2.94/5 rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Notes from 7/16/14 at Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
Bottle into pint glass.
A: Opaque dark brown with a light brown head that disappears. Minimal lacing
S: Tart cherries, dark chocolate. Yeasty and musty.
T: Tart cherries. Roasted malts.
M: Thin a mildly carbonated. Too thin for what I was looking for in a stout.
D: Not very drinkable. Thin and tart. Does not hold up well to room temperature. This is cherry juice with a little stout, not the other way around, unfortunately.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 22:38:54 | More by antott0523
Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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