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

Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout

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BA SCORE
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1,808 Ratings
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Ratings: 1808
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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warbird07

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The true star of this beer is the cherry. The stout itself serves only as a backdrop. Par for the course for Bell's. Actually it drinks kinda like a porter. Delicious. The cherry is true Michigan. Not a sweet dessert cherry Like you would put on a sundae, rather a tart masterpiece. It adds so much to the smell and taste of this beer. Don't expect to pound a sixer of this beer but as a beer lover you must try one.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 01:33:54 | More by warbird07
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a small gingerbread ring of head. Smell is very tart cherry with lots of coffee. A lot of cherry flavor that isn't at all like a maraschino or candy flavor. Taste is tart and sour, which takes the flavor in an interesting direction. Stout flavors follow the initial cherry tartness, and end the beer in a nice coffee and roasted malt flavor. Mouthfeel could be a little thicker, but not that bad. Excellent dessert beer, not sessionable, but someting to be savored, especially with the $13 a 6 pack price tage. A beer like none other, I am glad that this brewery takes a chance on something like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 18:17:14 | More by TastyTaste
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This brew poured into a pint glass was pitch
black with an almost devil's food colored
head. The dense head was brown and deep red
throughout. Gorgeous.

S: The aromas were faint but after some drink-
ing the typical stout aromas came through...
malty with a little coffee and a bittnerness
provided by the cherries, I imagine.

T: Typical quality stout at inception and when
the beer makes it to the back of your tongue
it turns your face into a knot. The bittner
ness is intense. It is quite a feat in that
such a strong flavor is imparted with a
delay and that the flavor is so fleeting.
The bitterness is not lingering on the
pallet and is not so overpowering that it
eclipses the other roasted malt characters.

M/D: I drank three and the last sip was as
impressive as the first. The creamy and
smoothness of this beer was fantastic. I
was very happy to see a fruit and porter
marriment that didn't go sweet but rather
allowed the bitterness of Michigan
cherries to compliment a brew style that
is often at its best when there are bitter
notes and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 16:34:40 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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GoldHorde

Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice stout!

Strong coffee aroma, pours a very deep black with a nice mocha head with a lengthy lace. Flavor of espresso and dark bitter chocolate with a cherry echo. Beautiful cigar beer - would stand up to any maduro....effortlessly.

A truly beautiful beer Bells!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 04:37:52 | More by GoldHorde
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sleazo

New York

4.72/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_The beer pours an impenatrable black with a cafe au lait coloured two finger head. This disspates into a real nice cap. This is what a beer should look like.

S_A sweet dark roasted malt lingers with a sweet/sour cherry aroma. Mild alcohol there as well.

T_I have say, this tastes like a chocolate covered cherry. Rich roasted stout flavours mingle wonderfully with a tart and sweet cherry taste. the cherry doesnt overwhelm but really blendns in well with those stout flavours. Roasted malt bitterness up front, cherry sweetness in the middle and a bitter and sour aftertaste.

M_Thick and creamy without any oiliness. Mid carbonation but right on with what this type of stout should be.

D_I have to say this is wonderfully constructed. I have had a few other cherry stouts that didn't do it for me but this is a home run.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 22:36:37 | More by sleazo
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass



A – Poured a very very dark brown, essentially black except for some slight reddish tinting around the sides of the glass. Completely opaque with no light at all passing through. A nice tight two finger head formed on the top and gradually settled down to just a layer of lace across the top but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace.



S – Very full thick smell loaded down with chocolate and coffee. I detected a nice hint of dark fruit, cherries naturally as it warmed up and even a touch of lactose sugar. The aroma was heavy, easily detected from a foot or more away.



T – The flavor was wonderful. Very robust and long-lasting, the initial wave of chocolate rolled over you on the first sip, balanced against it was a tight hint of sugar and caramel which gradually faded into a long cherry tart finish. Very well crafted nothing on this one was over the top or dominating of the other flavors. Definitely tasted like a good dessert this one was one of the fullest flavored stouts I have had in a while



M – Very very full bodied. This had the feel and consistency of a shake. Really very full with a great creamy like quality to it. It was very filling and never really got dull.



D – This was the perfect cold night, by the fire, sipper. I mean it really does not get better for that scenario then this. It was just so full and robust and filling you was not drinking this one fast, this was meant to be enjoyed over the course of a good long while.



Overall I cannot believe I had not tried this one sooner. This was a really great stout and something I would like to get more of. Perfect for after dinner or a cold night it just had a great deal of presence to it. I would have to recommend this to any fan of both fruit and dark beers; this is the best of both worlds here.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 00:10:26 | More by mikesgroove
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A "fruit beer"? C'mon...

Pours an incredibly dark color with a brown head that minimizes to a bubbly ring quickly.

Aroma reminds of a chocolate-pudding pie topped with curled chocolate shavings. The cherry comes out big and beautiful, mingling with the chocolate, and alcohol provides a dessert-liqueur kind of vibe. If only the alcohol didn't jut out so obviously, this would rate incredibly high for aroma alone.

This is my third try of this stuff in the past 10 days or so, and every time I'm astounded at how rich, flavorful and just plain delicious it is. While some might flinch at the warming nip it provides, I love it. The alcohol accents and heightens the sweet chocolate and tart cherry flavors. There's also a bit of graham cracker and espresso hiding in the background, adding depth and further character. Finishes sour, sweet and sticky, like a chocolate/cherry cheesecake.

If there's something better than the wallop of dessert-y flavor, it's the texture. It's sticky and chewy in a candy-like way, but also incredibly smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it lively. Buttery. Milky. Not at all cloyingly thick as you might imagine. Mmm...

If a stout is brewed with cherry juice, does that necessarily qualify it more as a fruit beer than a stout? That's crazy. This is simply one kick-ass stout that happens to have some cherry accents. People look at the Style listed and their prejudices take over. Anyone who steers away from fruit beers on principle is going to miss out on a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 23:14:11 | More by Metalmonk
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 8144
Pours a completely pitch black with copious amounts of dirty brown head. Aroma is really nice, a blend of cocoa nibs, roasted coffee, tart cherries, and burnt toast. On the palate, the incredibly rich, toasted malts, almost to the point of being burnt, blend well with the tartness and slight sweetness of the cherries. This is a really rich stout, and one that the berries make up only half, or even less of the flavor complexity. It reminds me of a 80% cacao chocolate bar and a cherry pie all thrown in a blender. It finishes with this smooth creaminess. Such a delicious stout, I'm surprised it is not one of Bell's highest ranked beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 18:51:40 | More by dreadnatty08
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured from a very expensive six-pack, into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: I have seen some dark beers in my life and this one is D-A-R-K. Even the head is a medium brown, rather than the khaki often seen in non-imperial stouts. Impenetrable to light, even at the edges of the glass. Less than amazing lacing.

Smell: There's definitely some tart cherry up front, followed by cocoa and maybe a little yeast. Good, but restrained.

Taste: Absolutely delicious! I see some site users have had trouble detecting cherry flavor, but I did not at all. It's right there from the beginning, a tart-but-not-puckery cherry that glides into a fudge brownie and espresso stout backing. The chocolate/coffee elements are closer in profile to the Bell's Double Cream Stout than the Kalamazoo Stout -- that is, sweeter and more rounded. No real hops or alcohol presence, which is fine with me.

Mouthfeel: There's some light tingly carb which creates a mildly annoying numbing sensation around the mouth -- my only real knock on this beer. Very creamy, sugary body.

Overall: I love this beer and will gladly purchase it again. Another home run for Bell's stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 06:30:00 | More by fountainofyouth
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brock146

Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours a dark brown/black color with a slight redness to it. Head is chocolate colored with a hint of red.

S: Roasted malts and sour cherry.

T: Chocolate covered cherry. Roasted malt and tangy cherry bite. Very tasty!

M: It could probably use a little bit more malt body.

O: I've been waiting a year for this and I am not disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 04:46:16 | More by brock146
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thelagerheads

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are two distinct forces working here: sour and smoke. Miraculously they each perform their solo duties on the ends-- smoke first, sour sour cherry last-- and in the middle they converge for what can only be described as an orgasm of tart interspecies lust. I'm not sure if the cherry tang is so sour on its own or if it's because it follows the chocofee smoke and thus only seems twice its veracious nature. But it is SOUR. Overbearing sour and yet I really like it a lot. Mostly because it tastes like nothing else but also because it is a change-up from the normal stout goodness with a BIG surprise burped in.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 04:44:35 | More by thelagerheads
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown/opaque color. When held up to the light you can see a nice red hue in the light. Medium head with good retention.
Smell: It smells of malt and cherries.
Taste: This beer is very complex It has a nice chocolaty malt flavor to it with a cherry finish. There is also a deep oak flavor that almost boarders on a wine feel to it.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Very good stout, easy to drink. Good alcohol content for the flavor it has.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 17:24:01 | More by pzrhsau
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rye726

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with tints of amber. Nice tan head had good retention and light lace.

Nose has roasty malts, cherries, chocolate and coffee.

Taste has tart cherries, dark malts, cocoa, molasses, subtle hops and espresso. Very well balanced.

Medium body has a delicate carbonation. Tasty stout from Bells.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 03:35:01 | More by rye726
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Heatwave33

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Sam Adams Pint.

Color: Black with a brown head with some red in it.

Smell: Cherries, roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Cherries, roasted malts and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, smooth with a nice dry finish.

Overall: This stout has a nice smooth rich cherry taste. The drinkability is phenomenal! Very well balanced and delicious. $15 for a sick pack. Worth it! Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 04:06:37 | More by Heatwave33
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a photon resisting slightly reddish black color. Head is minimal, but that's my fault, the last one of these I had, the floaters in the beer skeered me, so I was more careful to leave the stuff on the bottom of the bottle there.

Smell: Strong coffee, a whiff of cherries, and a definite smell of the alcohol. Quite a pleasant smell.

Taste: Cherry Stout indeed! Dark coffee taste with cherries in the background, a very nice balance of a fruity taste with a more stouty taste.

Mouthfeel: Big, bold, and chewy, this is a beer that grabs my attention. There's also a sort of sour and dry finish that is very nice. Alcohol is definitely noticeable. Carbonation is spot on. For a stout with fruit, this beer takes the best of both and does a nice job of combining them.

Drinkability: This beer, while certainly a "big" beer, goes down surprisingly easy. Nicely done, and I would recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 02:06:32 | More by JackTheRipper
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After Weyerbachers Raspberry Imperial Stout and this beer from Bell's I am beginning to become a real 'fruit stout' fan. This beer poured an opaque, dark black colour with a huge, frothy brown head. The aromas were of roasted malts and barley as well as sour cherries. The taste? Well, it was the same as the aroma. A nice roasty stout with a yummy hint of sour cherry flavor. The finish is a bit tart and the mouthfeel is a bit thin but the drinkability is very good for an 8%ABV brew.
Cheers!
-F

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 13:34:39 | More by francisweizen
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karst

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7220 Bell's Cherry Stout was packaged on January 16, 2006.
From the General Store outback of Eccentric Cafe

Pours nearly solid black slightly brown around the edges of the 0.4 L rastal New Belgium sniffer. Fine beaded brown head is quickly falling but keeps active with a swirl and thin but eternal ring that offers a little lace

The Kriek like cherry juice flavor from real Michigan tart cherries blends well with the dark roasted malts that offer a touch of semisweet dark chocolate.
At close to room temperature a little alcohol is present in the nose but well disguised as a flavor. Tart cherries aid a modest IBU bitterness to clear andy caramel malts - only nearly ripe tart cherry lingers (the flesh close to the stones) and I am thankful it is not immitation flavored.

It is hard to know if some lactose has been added as it closely resembles the tartness of cherries. May be a lambic like nature from wild yeast introduced from the cherries. Easy to hold in the mouth with good balance and dextrinous mouthfeel. A classic must try. I can't believe I am just getting around to this one the new crop of cherries will be ready in about a month.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 22:07:42 | More by karst
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep opaque sable with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is rich and smoky with undertones of coffee, cherries and unsweetened chocolate. Smoky, slightly sweet flavor has a firm and slightly sour cherry tone as well as hints of coffee and chocolate. Silky smooth texture is just a little tingly.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 17:27:16 | More by Cyberkedi
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HoppyMcStout

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh, Bell's Cherry Stout. Why are you so misunderstood?

I am a huge fan of this brew. It has been tradition for me the past several years to crack open a few when putting up the Christmas tree.

Finally getting around to formally reviewing this one...
The scent from the bottle is surprisingly sweet. After the pour, for some reason I'm not getting a whole lot of sweetness, but rather a very mild smokiness - seems on par with most stouts. Pours like you would expect a stout to in terms of color. Modest head with a slight reddish hue that fades quickly. The payoff here is the taste. You get a blast of VERY tart cherry which forms the base of the brew! Here is what makes this beer excellent in my opinion - so many beers with fruit in the title end up having very synthetic fruit flavors (i.e., SA Cranberry Lambic and Cherry Wheat) but this one doesn't have an artificial syrup flavor. (Additionally, I am at a loss for those reviewers who can't figure out why this beer is so 'tart', especially when the bottle tells you to expect it to be so!!!). The tartness then mellows a bit and you can taste some smoky coffee notes you would expect from a stout. Mouthfeel is good - seems a little thicker than your average stout, which I like. As this one warms the tartness dies a little and gets sweeter just as you would expect. I can recall when this beer had a higher abv and was even thicker and richer (and a little better from what I can recall, honestly)...too bad it changed, but still a fabulous winter brew!!! Easily my all-time favorite seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 21:12:23 | More by HoppyMcStout
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky, dark brown body with a large, lacy, dark-cocoa-brown head with rosy-red accents. Very nice. The nose is intriguing and marvelous. I love it. Sweet and sour cherries cut through a dark, roasty, peaty malt. Big, unusual, and in your face too. Taste starts off with sourish, slightly-sweet cherries. They stay throughout, but are bolstered by a solid, roasty, chocolatey malt base. Some peat in there as well, along with notes of Bell's delicious yeast. Finish is long and like cherry-liquer drenched dark chocolate cake. Full-bodied, thick, with a nic, bottle-conditioned feel. A great dessert beer, although not for everyday quaffing.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 23:27:52 | More by alexgash
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Martin2D

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Classic stout coloration with a small tanish head that faded quickly

S - Cherry and roasted grain

T - Cherries on the forefront, classic roasted flavors after.

M - Slightly thin on the mouthfeel for my tastes, but carbonation was adequate

D - Tough one, one might think this is an odd combination. From the nose I thought for sure there was going to be too much cherry flavor, but it's so balanced! Wouldn't want to drink a sixer (and probably couldn't!), but I would definitely want to drink this all the time if it was available.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 18:53:07 | More by Martin2D
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- very vigorous pour to get some head, but it ends up a creamy and frothy cappuccino colored chunk floating over a pitch black brew with only a shred of garnet red shining through the bottom of the glass. curtains of lace slide down without much stickage.

S- some tart cherry sweetness hangs in the background but overall the aroma is that of a quality stout- coffee, cocoa, and deeply roasted grains with a touch of charcoal and burnt bread smokiness. emphasis on the coffee. malt sourness is evident as well with some soil, compost, and damp log.

T- cherry flavor however, blends perfectly with all things roasted. this one is smokey and intensely burnt, with charcoal flavors reminiscent of monte alban mezcal only here the peppery flavors are replaced with sweet/tart bing cherry juice. and grain. cherry flavor becomes more pronounced and smokiness fades as the drink goes on and in my opinion, they're a quintessential match for this type of stout. real cherries covered in dark chocolate are a good example of the counterbalance between fruit and bitter. coffee still stands out as well as burnt wood and messed up toast and even without the cherries this would be a killer stout. in this circumstance the killer stout has been elevated to another level, as the acidity provided creates a whole nother level of depth. as it should. finishes roasty with some cascade like character, but the roasted malt is bitter enough to leave me satisfied even without much hop flavor. definitely toppin the 'fruit beer' list!

MF- a little over carbonated for me, i like a punch-you-in-the- mouth heavy american stout, and this one is sticky and juicy with some grainy feel, but not too much heft. mix a full bodied espresso with macerated cherries and this is what you get. they definitely did not skimp on the juice. don't get me wrong, it isn't anything less than super full bodied but it doesn't possess that major blast of richness.

D- kicking ass in flavor and seemingly lackluster in other departments, this is still one delicious and dangerously drinkable stout. no evidence of booze in this flavor packed monster and the cherry juice makes it inviting enough to keep drinking away without regard for the rustic burnt flavor. bell's has created quite an anomaly for me here, and my first fruit stout worth remembering.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 06:27:03 | More by hustlesworth
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No Batch Number; Sampled February 7th, 2010
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium Globe glasss produces a creamy, dense, fat-two-finger thick, nicely browned head. The beer is almost perfectly black a nd shows the same opaque, dark chocolate black / brown color when held up to the light. Rich, roasted malt notes dominate the nose with aromas of espresso, deeply toasted whole grain bread, some roast-acidity reminiscent of black coffee, rich dark chocolate notes and in the finish notes of toasted whole grains with just a hint of toasted grassiness. The cherry is very subtle in the nose, perhaps a hint of rose is here and maybe a very non-descript hint of fruitiness. As a stout the aroma is quite nice and rich.

The beer as it first hits my tongue reveals a rich, unctuous texture that coats the palate nicely. A tart cherry note provides some acidity and a touch of palate cleansing character to balance the richness. My second sip sees me noticing more sweetness, and thus more of the floral cherry character, underneath the dominant roast character. The roast provides notes of espresso, touches of bitter dark chocolate, big roasted grain notes and perhaps a hint of burnt vegetal character to the finish.

This is quite nice, I really like how the rich Stout / malt character is balanced by the kiss of tart cherries; I can't imagine the texture of the two components working together any more harmoniously than they do. The fruit and the roast grain somehow combine to contribute an almost smoked prune sort of flavor (more fruity than smoked). A damn fine beer that makes me quite happy that I can now get this locally in Arizona.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 22:46:39 | More by Gueuzedude
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into my standard curved-rim pint glass.

A: Deep, ruby red-tinted and dark dark beer with a light brown bubbly head on the top that disippated quickly.

S: A moderate nose of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate and cherry.

T: Smooth easy-drinkin' beer that starts roasty with flavors of coffee. A chocolate presence peeks out in the middle, and the cherry flavors overwhelm on the finish.

There's no trace of an alcohol burn anywhere in this guy. It's just a very smooth, easy-drinkin' stout.

M: Thick and full with the mouth, with a moderate level of creaminess on the finish.

D: High. Very high. This is one of my all-time favorite "first beers of the night". I like to start with a stout, and this is one of my go-to's.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 17:32:00 | More by psuKinger
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #6587

Pours out a deep crimson brown and sits completely black in the glass with a medium sized dark brown head, fading to a skim around the edges, but nice lacings.

Smells intensly of roasted grains and coffee, baked inside a loaf of whole wheat grain bread. The slightest hint of cherries seeps outside the threshhold of the roastiness that dominates this beer.

Tastes sweet up front with the well-known tang of fresh, tart cherries. Roastiness if finally subdued and mingles very well with the cherry flavor. Deep roasted grains, chocolate and dousings of black coffee make up fhe core of the flavors in a well-contolled malty environment. Little in terms of hop flavor. Finish contains the lingering flavors of cherries and a light dusting of roastiness with hardly any noticeable bitterness.

As smooth and as creamy as anyone could ever hope for. Light and lucious carbonation; a perfect match to the rich, full body.

Highly enjoyable stout. Cherry flavors are well in place and sticks to the stout atmosphere. I went in expecting a fair offering, but I am very impressed. A fine dessert in itself, but could easily be paried with any rich dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 23:13:29 | More by Skidz
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Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,808 ratings.