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

Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout

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1,804 Ratings
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Ratings: 1804
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%


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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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Dark as night almost all the way through, but JUST at the very surface a little reddish-brown light gets through. A sizable, finger-and-a-half tall head foams up, but has almost zero retention as it quickly collapses into exceptionally thin wisps that resemble a distant galaxy. No lacing.

SMELL: Medicinal cherry aroma with a bitter, coffee smell and a touch of dark chocolate.

TASTE: Hoowee...that is TART. Certainly not as tart as a good sour, but way more tart than I anticipated. This is not the sweet, candy-like cherry that a lot of other beers have, it's legit, Michigan Cherries. Wow. Dark chocolate provides a backbone along with some hints of roasted coffee beans.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to big bodied with a bigger sparkle than one might expect. Dry throughout the start, almost to a point of puckering, with a sweet finish.

OVERALL: I like what Bells tried to do here, but I think it missed the mark. The cherries are a little too tart, while (somewhat contradictory) the finish is too sweet. Good beer here and I'll revisit it in the future, but this just didn't do it for me the way most Bells Beers do.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 04:29:35 | More by StoneTSR
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in the mood for a stout and I'm always in the mood for a treat, so this creation fits the bill nicely. It sits all black with a pretty little edge of foam. The aroma is faintly of cherry with just a nice roast smell underneath.

The taste is much more of cherries, and these are no artificial cherries, this is the reel deal. It tastes as though someone took a well behaved stout and then took some freshly squeezed tart cherry juice and added it somewhere along the way.

By itself it is pretty sour for a stout, but with some food, it is really good. It definitely is an interesting concoction and the kind of treat I deserve!

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 16:55:41 | More by schoolboy
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gillagorilla

Maryland

2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (281 1612 12386, packaged 10/8/13 B)

A: Very, very dark brown to pitch black. Only the slightest mocha head.

S: Roasted malts with a strong cherry scent. Weird scents here. There was a familiar scent early on, but I can't catch that smell again.

T: Tart and weirdly sour, like tart/sour cherries. I was quite excited to try this because I loved their Expedition Stout. It starts off with a bit of the characteristic roast of a stout, but then the odd cherry flavors bumrush it and just take over your palate.

M: Smooth for the most part with only a hint of carbonation.

O: I am extremely disappointed here, but I still want to try the Java, Special Double Cream and Black Note (obviously). I don't think I'm going to be able to finish this. but will probably just share it with someone or cook with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 21:50:14 | More by gillagorilla
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redbeerdviking

Pennsylvania

2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- Pours a jet black color with little to no lacing.

S- Faint smells of cherry with toasted malts and coffee.

T- Starts off with coffee, then gets smokey and tastes like charred oak. Finishes with tart cherries. This is definitely a sour stout.

M- Very easy to drink, not overpowering with alcohol. Nice consistency throughout.

O- I enjoy the complexity of flavors offered in this brew, but I thought it was just a little too much with the coffee, smokey flavor, and sour cherries together. I really like the idea of a sour stout, and will be looking for beers of similar style.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 03:25:17 | More by redbeerdviking
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digitalflood

New York

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick black solid body. Nice lacing. Wet mouthfeel. Smells of sour cherries. Front palate is all port and merlot. Lots of sour cherries and some coffee bite mid-palate. Full bitter stout riding over chocolate covered cherries with some more Merlot. Lots of sour. It's real hard to make a consistent beer flavor with something this sour-- but they pull it off. Very drinkable despite the complexity. Not for amateurs. A real sour beer in stout form. 3.5 out of 5. Good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 02:50:00 | More by digitalflood
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WettNutz

Indiana

2.4/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a pint glass

A - Beer was pitch black, with no head, none.

S - Only faintly smelled of cherries. Smelled more like beer than cherries really.

T - Sweet at first, but finished with tartness. This was the most interesting aspect of this beer. Besides that, there was only just a hint of cherry to it, and had a hint of coffee. I really wished it tasted more like cherries. If it were bolder, it would be much better.

M - Medium to full bodied, and went down smooth.

O - Not necessarily a bad beer, but at $17.99/6pk, not at all worth the money. I really wish it was more flavorful and cherry-ier, as this would really accentuate the transition from sweet to tart. If I had paid $9.99/6pk like most of Bell's beers, I would have a much better opinion of this beer. Probably better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 21:59:20 | More by WettNutz
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alphagnome

Iowa

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Pitch black body that allows no light to break through the glass. Brown head has a slight red hue to it at first, but once it fades to a simple ring around the glass, it's a light brown color. Zero lacing.

Aroma:
Rather lacking. Light chocolate malt laced with hints of cherry. Light peat character. Nothing else here, unfortunately.

Taste:
Truth in advertising.. This is one tart stout! Right upfront, you are hit with a light bitterness and tart, tart cherries! A bit of roasted chocolate and cola. Not my cup of tea, but it's hard to fault Bell's for that because it's exactly what they advertised it as.

Mouthfeel:
Pretty run of the mill for a stout.. Medium bodied, light carbonation. A bit watery. Dry finish.

Overall:
Bell's is my go to brewery, when I can't decide on what I'm in the mood for. I love cherries and stouts, so I imagined this being a match made in heaven... unfortunately, it was far from that. I'm a guy that likes tart, so when I say it's tart - take notice... It is! Worth trying if for no other reason than to add it to your palate of tastes.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:10:57 | More by alphagnome
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HardTarget

Texas

2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep black showing only a line of tan when back lit. Doesn't hold much of a head, a thin halo tries to hold on.

Smell: Dark roasted grain, a bit of a cola profile, maybe thinking of a cherry coke. Whiffs of a sour note.

Taste: Everything in the smell, multiplied. The roasted grain goes burnt and ashen, the sour note goes through the roof with a hint of cherry pie filling as it goes by, then the cherry pit/cherry pie flavors linger for a while. It's quite a ride.

Mouthfeel: Pretty flat, almost still (no carbonation going on really), medium body, thin finish, bit oily in texture.

Overall: A bit too much going on. The over-roasted grain along with the sour note don't do much for me. The cherry flavor is good, and tastes natural (over ripe juicy) but the soutness overwhelms most of the goodness going on.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 00:56:57 | More by HardTarget
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metter98

New York

3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with just a few bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and black cherries are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of dark cherries and hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't really that heavy compared to other beers in the style but has a nice mixture of cherry flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 17:52:11 | More by metter98
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Aprice34

Virginia

1.69/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

While I usually enjoy beers from Bell's, I was very disappointed with the Cherry Stout. I like both cherries and stout, but the BCS was, in my opinion, difficult to drink, as each sip left a lingering bad aftertaste on the palate. In addition, it was hard to taste the cherry juice. The beer tasted "artificial"

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 09:41:38 | More by Aprice34
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep black with a red tint. Two-finger tan head that dissapates very quickly. No lacing.

S - Smell of roasted malts and light coffee. Not picking up any cherries.

T - Tart cherries right upfront produce a nice amount of bitterness. The cherries are balanced out by dark roasted malts. Finish is mostly bitter cherries.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel.

O - Not something want all the time but a nice change of pace stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 03:20:53 | More by TreyIsWilson
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KrugTheSuperAmazing

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a 6 pack, poured into a gulden draak tulip glass.

A- Very strange, doesn't pour like a beer. Very dark in color, but no head whatsoever even after a (in my opinion!) pretty good pour, no lacing of course to follow.

S- For me im getting a lot of cherries, little bit of chocolate, some nice roasty malt, smells quite nice to me, very dessert like in the smell. Cherries, cherries!

T- Dang, talk about tart, right up front I feel like im drinking a cherry fruit beer, the tart is crazy, but then i get a little chocolate and malt in the background, it really reminds me a dark chocolate covered cherry you would find in a valentines day assorted chocolate box, personally for me, having a huge sweet tooth, I like this quite a bit. It leaves a cherry aftertaste which is quite pleasant if you like cherries and sweet things!

M- Id say its fairly thin on the mouthfeel, carbonation is low, and after sipping for about 30-40 minutes the carbonation is almost gone. Again, nice cherry after taste that I personally like.

O- I think its great, I do warn you though its super tart, and the cherries really give your taste buds the blam style, but its still got that nice bitter chocolatey, malty background to remind you its a stout. If youre new, and wanting to get into stouts, I would recommend this to you! If youre not a "sweet" beer person, id still say try it! But just be warned its sweet and tart.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:04:51 | More by KrugTheSuperAmazing
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kilo_005

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft
A: this is the drawback of the beer. It doesn't look like beer. No head. No lacing. No visible carbonation. The color is of a Bordeaux. But...
S: good candied fruit/raisin type of aromas. Smells like a sweeter Sherry like a PX. Good
T: I think this beer is exquisite on taste. You have all the notes of a great stout plus this striking sour cherry flavor. The finish is excellent.
M: interesting. Kind of viscous of the finish. Some might like that some might not.
O: I'm surprised how low this beer scores. It's a very innovative and unique beer. People flavor ales all the time with cherry juice but they do it in a stout and pull it off. Try it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 00:59:44 | More by kilo_005
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FLima

Brazil

4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deepest black color with a thin dark caramel head with low retention.
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and hints of cherries.
What a surprising relatively tart flavor, super concentrated, predominant sour notes of cherries, melted chocolate, smoke, red wine and licorice .
Full body with low carbonation.
Incredible beer, with an initial sourness that balanced with its cherries notes and strong roasted and hoppy base.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 14:06:46 | More by FLima
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap @ Via Marconi Pizza Pub

Dark. Slight tan head. Ok very dark black oil color.
Some slight carbonation. No lacing that sticks but appears on each swirl.
Smell is just dark beer. I get no cherries.
Taste is a balanced lighter stout upfront, some tiny cherry bitterness but very quickly it is BOOM--dark, smokey stout.
Mouthfeel is medium to thick.
Try it but it's not tart or sweet like you'd think for a dessert in a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2014 17:35:01 | More by SHerninko
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown beer with a red tint and a nice tan head. The tart flavor was off-putting at first, but as I continued drinking it I began to enjoy the combination of tart cherry and roasty caramel. This is one I would revisit again, maybe after aging it some.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 19:12:37 | More by brutusmuktuk
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a small foamy light tan head that disappears quickly, leaving just a few bubbles and no lace behind

S- roasty malt with a hint of coffee, the cherry is subtle, but noticeable. Slightly tart with red licorice, woodsy and herbal

T- The cherry juice is quite tart up front, nearly puckering at first, but is pretty authentic tasting. The base stout has a bit of smoky roasted malt flavor on the finish with a little bit of coffee on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a light foamy mouthfeel with a tart yet dry finish

O- A nice change of pace for the stout world, I actually like the tartness of the cherry juice. However, it somewhat overpowered the base stout. Would like to see more emphasis on chocolate malt to give it that chocolate covered cherry effect

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:17:52 | More by Treyliff
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, very dark red brown with a short dark tann head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: toasty malt, brown sugar, vanilla, cherry

T: shockingly sour up front, very tart cherry, the sourness overpowers the flavors of the beer

M: full with lower carbonation

O: the sourness creates imbalance without providing much cherry flavor, the qualities of the base beer are good, the tartness is mouth puckering

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:52:44 | More by M_C_Hampton
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into rogue pint glass. Very dark, syrupy appearance when poured, light brown head that dissipates quickly. Chocolate/cherry/metallic nose. Label says "Stout brewed with cherry juice." This drinks more like cherry juice with a little bit of stout added. Strong, sweet cherry syrup taste. Interesting, but less than moderately appealing. It's an OK beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 17:12:33 | More by psoriasaurus
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CloudStrife

New York

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Packaged on 11/07/13.

A: Pours a dark brown with an obvious red quality yet this beer still appears black in the glass. A slightly tanned head sits on tops of this and is somewhat quick to dissipate.

S: Yup this is a stout with cherry juice added. Has the typical roasty and chocolaty tones you would expect in a stout with a dose of tart cherry. Chocolate adds a bit of a chalky aroma.

T: The cherry juice is an interesting addition yet I am not sure I'm a fan. The chocolate qualities in this are real nice though. A bit of nuttiness in the backend. Roasty like a malt should be.

M: Medium body with a nice creamy aspect to it. Easy drinking for 7%. Moderate to low carbonation.

Overall this one just doesn't strike my fancy. The cherry comes across a bit fake and subtracts more than it adds to the flavor profile. Thinking it would be better as a regular milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 02:20:55 | More by CloudStrife
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a thick looking dark black, half inch head, and some good lacing down the glass.

Smells include roasted malt, dark chocolate, and tart cherries.

There is a sour cherry twang up front with each sip, that is acidic at times rather than tasty. The roasted malt does all it can to back this sourness up, but it doesn't always. There's also some nice dark chocolate flavor, keeping the beer a bit bitter.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, slow sipper due to the sour cherry flavors.

An interesting beer, the cherry flavor needs work, though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2014 18:39:05 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/08/13. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a pretty nice two finger mocha head. Lots of effervescence, causing the head to dissipate rather quickly. Minimal lacing. Looks decent, but the lack of a lasting head and some sticky lacing is disappointing.

Smell: Really nice, and quite interesting with the combination of roast, cherries, and smoke.

Taste/feel: Hm. I can understand the score discrepancies for this beer for sure. I was thinking this would be a great beer. Tart cherries in a nice roasty stout? Sounded great -- I'm left confused though. Hits the tongue initially with a nice tart cherry flavor with stout flavor behind it, but then after the swallow... I don't care for it. The tartness mixed with the bitterness from the roast and maybe the smoke creates a quite unpleasant sort of weird flavor dancing on my tongue that just won't go away. But, that creates the urge to take another sip of this beer, which has a great split second first impression. That tart/bitterness battle in this particular beer just seems incredibly odd. It doesn't have that taste I associate with cough medicine, but it does have that medicinal feel because of that tart/bitter finish. I can't explain it better. I haven't had cherry juice on its own, but it's almost that tarty bitterness that I get out of cranberry juice, I guess? The feel is quite thin for a stout -- this would probably be more appropriately named a cherry porter. Carbonation is also pretty high.

I thought I'd be one of those people to rave about this beer, but it just doesn't sit on my tongue right. While it's foaming in my mouth before I finish the sip, it tastes great, but then the aftertaste comes and doesn't want to quit. It's a beer I wanted to love, but honestly, Bell's missed the mark a little bit on this one. I love the tartness from the cherries since they make this quite a unique stout -- I think that should stay. Maybe take out the smokeyness? I don't know what would reduce that odd clash. All-in-all, I may try it again at the right price. $3 for a single is probably too high for me to buy it again, but it's a unique stout that needs to be tried at least once.

*Sudden end note: As this beer warms up, the clash is quite a bit less significant. It seems to become more balanced. The smoke flavor accents everything very nicely. I was definitely drinking this at too cold of a temperature at first to fully enjoy the first half of the beer. I'll be bumping up some of the scores slightly.*

3.55/5 straight from the fridge.
3.69/5 as it warms up a bit.

Welp, that does it for the longest review in the history of BeerAdvocate. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 14:51:12 | More by Alextricity
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Gryphon69

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle
no date

A- Pours a very, very dark brown , near black, no visable carbonation. Small dark cocoa head that faded really fast, some light lacing on the sides that didn't stick long either.

S- Dark roast malts, chocolate, sweet fruit but not cherry imparticuler, more like a fruit syrup.

T- OH the flavor does not follow the nose, very tart and mild / medium sour right up front, followed my a mild roast, not much noticalbe chocolate. The tart and sour dominate from start to finish.

M- Medium to light body with a smooth feel. There is a definiate fizziness to it.

O- Found it very interesting use of tart cherries, reminds me of a flanders red than of a stout. Still a pretty good beer if you like that style, which I do from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 02:45:55 | More by Gryphon69
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jdb288

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Bells. Pours black with red tones, no head. Taste is sour, tart cherry, lemon, malt sweetness. The cherries are the star here and it shows well.

I am curious how this one does with age. Like a good lambic, would the fruit age gracefully and fade into the background? Let's find out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 19:19:05 | More by jdb288
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"A mysterious dance of tart Michigan cherries with the dark, roasted malts of a big and bold stout." Brewed in the style of an American Stout with local cherry juice added. Cherry Stout is one of Bell's annual stout releases, available in 12 oz. 6 packs and limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip snifter. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a mocha brown foamy crisp head over a very deep brown, near black body. Retention is average, no lacing is left behind. 3.5

(Smell) Medium roast malts, pinches of semi-sweet cocoa nibs, a modest smooth caramel syrup build the soft malt body. Cherry juice doesn't burst in the aroma but some mild cherry syrup is evident, and even more so, a fruity tartness that gives this beer some welcome aroma changes. Perceived balance is equal parts sweet to tart. The aroma is fairly simple and mild even with the inclusion of cherry to the mix, the aroma comes off as light and drinkable. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Very tart and dry bordering on sour up front, following with a dry earthy cocoa and faint roasted finish. The sourness, while more unique than not for a stout, does dominate and wash the flavor potential that this beer has, and the remaining flavors are too simple in composition and mild to make for an ideal pairing. Drinkability is decent despite these challenges. Aside from the strong acidity, which may be too intense for some, this may make out a fairly drinkable stout. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Body is slick, dry, tart, chalky. Carbonation adds some froth and cream but mainly accents the cherry juice and dryness with a shallow crisp bite. Body is light/medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is fairly low, largely concealed by the tartness of this beer. Expect a malt body that doesn't quite live up to the cherry additives in this beer. Balance is moderately tart over sweet. 3.25

(Overall) I figure that many of the people who try Cherry Stout and are disappointed overall misunderstand the types of cherries used. The usage of sour cherry juice makes for a fairly tart, under-sweet, edgy profile that either is overdone or simply unmatched by the malt bill that it is paired with. In my suggestion, an emphasis on an enhanced, fuller chocolate body would largely remedy the imbalance, or possibly the inclusion of sweeter, juicier cherry varieties. As it stands, the tartness is enough of a blow to the palate that I could only burden having one to two maximum per session. While I recommend trying any stout with cherry incorporated, I encourage grabbing a single bottle or trying on tap first to determine if tart cherry stouts are a force you would dare mingle with. 3.5

Bell's Brewery, Inc.'s
Cherry Stout
3.48/5.00

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 03:08:58 | More by Jadjunk
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Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,804 ratings.