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

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Reviews: 981
Hads: 2,349
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 97
Gots: 226 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-09-2002

"A mysterious dance of tart Michigan cherries with the dark, roasted malts of a big and bold stout." and "Stout brewed with cherry juice."
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Photo of warbird07
4.89/5  rDev +37.4%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.85/5  rDev +36.2%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.76/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

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Photo of GoldHorde
4.7/5  rDev +32%
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!

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Photo of sleazo
4.7/5  rDev +32%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.61/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tastes like dark chocolate covered cherries and toast. Great by itself and would be good with chocolate cake. Highly recommended. My 700th different brew!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.57/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

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Photo of brock146
4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.54/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burgundy color, like the darkest cherry one has ever seen. Somewhat opaque, yet it's difficult to see through it. Smells of tart cherry, not typical of a stout. Some hop character off the nose and slight alcohol astringency. Tastes nearly like it smells, though if you have the expectation that this stout will be traditional, you will be left disappointed. At first I didn't like the taste because I had the expectation that it would be a smooth, chocolatey stout. As I kept drinking it, I found that it was really outstanding no matter how weird it seemed. The cherry flavor was upfront, but there was mild hop bitterness and hints of unsweetened chocolate as well but predominately cherry. The feel was smooth, typical of a stout. Overall, it's definitely worth a try. It's a bit out there, but you could end up like me and really enjoy it.

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Photo of rye726
4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.52/5  rDev +27%
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.

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Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.46/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th of the evening. Smooth, black, with a mocha head and a hint of amber. Smells roasted, bitter, tart, and tastes very much much the same. Best cherry Stout I've had so far, not cloying, artificial or overwhelming like others I've had.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.44/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much cherry in the aroma, smells like an aromatic, vanilla laced chocolate stout. The tart cherries hit you in the taste with dark chocolate, reminiscent of of a holiday boxed dark chocolate with sour cherry filling. At first it was a little strange for a stout lover who loves the roasted malt and dark chocolate, but after having a bite of whole wheat bread this beer truly shines. Not a session beer but is superb with a meal.

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Photo of Phatz
4.44/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Woody Chandler for sharing this truly fantastic masterpiece. It is unique and I don't think it is a beer that everyone will love. I also thinks it is probably the antithesis of what some would call a transition beer. It is bold and friendly at the same time but the sour nip mmm may cause a few people to leave more for me :)

Appearance: We were sitting in minimal light on the patio and it looked black to me. Until I held it up directly to the flood light then it has some dark brown and deep ruby highlights.

Smell: The aroma is one I call "RED." If you don't know the aroma I mean then you might think of how red freeze pops, red lollypops, cherry Juicy Juice and other red flavored foods smell 'red'. Nonetheless, it is an enticing aroma that launches from the bottle the moment it was open and sits tall in the glass. It is not extremely sweet red though it has a bit of a sour cherry attribute. mmm. It is so enticing I was salivating over it.

Taste: Sweet malts and chocolate hit the palate first with cherry following. It made me think of my favorite chocolate covered strawberry candies but not quite so sweet. It was more of a slightly sour black cherry than a maraschino cherry. The sweet cherry juicy flavor was intense but with the tartness it did not become cloying. There was also a bit of dark malt and coffee following the bittersweet chocolate. The finish was pleasantly minty and lingered for quite some time.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was medium light and very smooth and easy. The flavor of the cherries really took over and distracted from the actual body of the beer.

Drinkability: I really enjoy a roasty stout and the cherry syrup and sprinkle of sour were a very refreshing change. I would like a case of this beer to mix up my regulars between Guinness and SN Porter. I don’t think it is a beer for everyone though. It could be a bit intimidating.

Hope this is helpful.

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