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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
80
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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rlee1390

Indiana

3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass with a two finger brown that dissipates extremely quickly.

S-Some slight cherries. lots of roasted malt, almost smoke even. Not much coffee or chocolate.

T-Starts with some cherries that are neither sweet nor tart. Then a beef jerky like flavor comes over with unbalanced smoke. As it warms the smoke/beef jerky like notes fade away, but are still present.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation and watery.

O-Can't believe I'm saying this but Bell's really missed the mark. The balance was off, the cherry wasn't where it should have been.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 02:04:31 | More by rlee1390
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Emnmarko

Michigan

3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Completely black like a glass of molasses. little head or retention.

S- Dark roasted malts that smell delicious backed by a slight sweet cherry backer.

T- A creamy roasted malt flavor fills my senses, then it is joined with a sweet, but mostly sour cherry tone. What started promising quickly loses ground. For me the tartness does little to balance the flavors in this stout as a hop bitterness does for others.

M- Again the smooth malty sweet feeling is ruined with a puckering sour mess.

O- I just can't dig this stout. I guess cherries don't do well in beer for me. But admittedly I am rather partial to a bitter beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 19:01:51 | More by Emnmarko
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken last weekend of November, though this isn't my first rodeo with this excellent American stout.

12 oz brown Bells style bottle. Label art is authentic Bells with its shade of white with red trim, a painted cherry tree and a few cherries placed along the sides. Lovely bottle and fits perfect for the cherry stout indeed. Poured this into a standard American Bell's pint glass.

A - pitch black with a splash of reddish color painted the edges when held toward the light. Actually a bit of red to it when just sitting there if you look at it right. Dark tan head didn't supply a lot of size on the pour but it does leave a lovely ring of creamy lace leaving better than average stick.

S - dark chocolate and tart cherries are the main act. Some roasted dark malts play in the background with hints of black coffee roast and a sweet malt toward the back of the nose. Almost creamy like as you pull away from this. Wonderful!

T - tart cherry up front with an almost sour like ale character to them, but not quite as sour as you'd expect from the first few notes. The stout side of this really takes over before the cherry gets too sour. Dark chocolate, hints of black coffee roast and dark toasted malts really sum up traditional American stout flavors. The finish brings the cherry and tartness back into play with an almost juicy gushing array of Michigan cherries with a faint semi bitter dark chocolate note as it settles into toasted malt notes as it drags out.

M - medium bodied. Though not as thick nor textured as other Bell's ales I've had it still displays a nice mouthfeel for a fruit stout. Having this too thick would take away from its tart cherry like character. The body is medium but its very smooth and easy to drink. Tartness and stout notes play well together and paired with a nice malt balance slash notes of dark chocolate its easy to handle more than 1 in a setting.

O - Bell's cherry stout holds a well deserved place amongst an array of their stout releases. The breweries from Michigan I love call the cold months 'stout season' and its hard to argue Bell's don't release a load of great, drinkable stouts for winter. I enjoy cherry stout and its almost a tradition for my friends and family to have one every winter. It's like an American stout meets sour ale with them walking hand in hand down your palate with the cherries only being there for flavor and not to just pucker you up. Cherry Stout holds a place in my heart and a place in Bell's winter lineup and I hope it remains there. One of the best fruit stouts ever made.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 19:19:01 | More by BradtheGreat7
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark brown (almost black) chocolate syrup. Not too thick, which is good.

Smell: Mostly chocolate and some faint fruit...very faint.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I can definitely taste the cherries, but it kind of tastes fake and highlights a metallic flavor. Nice notes of chocolate though, but the combination doesn't work for me. Mouthfeel is definitely very weak and thin. Almost zero carbonation. The chocolate notes give it decent warmth though.

Overall: Just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:10:19 | More by tjsdomer2
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter. High hopes for this one, with no previous knowledge, never looked it up until the review. I'm not terribly hopeful.

Pours really nice; very dark and smooth looking, large dark mocha head, fizzy and carbonated, head fades relatively quickly.

Smells musty and organic with a light sour aroma, nearly like a white wine, sort of tart.

Taste is similar; but the tart cherry becomes more prominent and dwarfs the normal stout malt/barley setup. It's too tart, not sweet enough and lacks enough typical stout flavor for me.

Feels is pretty typical, although it's a bit carbonated for a stout. Super silky smooth, but overall not my cup of tea. Glad I tried it, but low on my list of bells beers. Worth a try, but I prob won't give it another shot. Won't dissuade me from bells, though, cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 00:39:49 | More by rodlavers
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nearly black color. The head is a one finger khaki shade: retention isn't very good, but the texture is aesthetically pleasing (what texture there is). Minimal lacing is left behind.

S: Mostly, there's a roasty, slightly licorice-forward aroma emanating from the glass, with lesser hints of chocolate abounding. One really has to let it warm up to get some cherry notes. I'm glad this is "stout first, cherry second" instead of the other way around - even more so considering that the two elements work well.

T: Immediately, I notice one thing - the cherries aren't bringing a huge amount of sweetness, instead it brings a subtle tartness that works well Those aforementioned cherries hit the palate immediately with that sweet tartness. The 'stout' takes over on the second half, bringing a chocolaty, roasted and *very* subtly hopped finish. This does a great job of hitting my sweet tooth in all the right ways.

M: There's no mistake this is a lush, sweet, and wet finishing beer. MAYBE it could have a bit more body given how lingering and sweet the finish is, but who cares. It starts with somewhat healthy carbonation, but fades rather quickly.

O: Damn, this is a good beer. One is enough, though. As a dessert beer, it's hard to fault. While it's really only great in the right mood, during said mood, it hits the spot fantastically.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 22:40:02 | More by ThisWangsChung
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle that is about 3 years old and poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a jet black color with almost no head besides a thin tan edge layer.
Aroma is some roasted notes and dark cocoa chocolate, with a bit of sweet cherry fruitiness.
I may have sat on this just a little too long, there is a bit of a tart note, maybe phenolic, that seems to be on the edge of something else, but I dont mind it for the sampling.
FIrst sip reveals an average to thick body with silky smooth texture and very fine gentle carbonation.
Flavor is rich chocolate malt and like hot chocolate and a bit of dry cocoa chalkiness. This moves to sweet cherries that linger after each sip leaving a coating of fruitiness in my palate.
I dont get any hop presence here from start to finish, nor do I find any evidence of alcohol.
The beer is smooth and drinkable and I am enjoying it throughout the sampling. QUite a bit of a coater on my palate, and I dont think I could drink more than 1-2 of these in a night, but it is fairly enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:41:43 | More by sulldaddy
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very deep brown nearly black color with hints of ruby red shining through the very dark body. Upon pouring there is a one finger of cream colored head that forms atop the brew. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a very light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a cherry smell along with a big level of a roasted malt smell. Along with the sweeter cherry are some other sweeter aromas of a other darker fruits with some raisin and plum as well as a little bit of a caramel smell. Further complimenting the darker roast flavors are some aromas of cocoa, which when combined with the rest creates a nice robust sweet cherry stout smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a very sweet and sour cherry flavor. There is a moderate roast malt flavor upfront, but in comparison the cherry it is light. A very little bit of cocoa flavor is present upfront as well, with this flavor quickly fading from the taste as it advances to the middle and the end. Along with the loss of the cocoa, so too do the flavors of roast and sweeter cherry dwindle some. While the sweeter cherry lessens a bit it is replaced by some plum like flavors as well as a huge increase in the sour cherry flavors. These flavors take to the taste to its end, where one is left with a lightly roasted, fruity, and massively sour cherry flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The average body is a nice compromise for the roasted flavors and the fruity flavors of the brew, keeping the brew rather easily drinkable even in light of its more tart cherry flavors.

Overall – An interesting cherry stout. While it starts out with a decent stout flavor, cherry is really the dominating taste in this one, especially at the end where it almost entirely knocks out the stout flavors. While it is not a brew that I would go to all that often, it is one that is well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 02:58:35 | More by Darkmagus82
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