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

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Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout

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80
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2,328 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,328
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 97
Gots: 222 | FT: 11
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 HorseheadsHopHead
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, nearly nine months old, poured into a tumbler glass.

LOOK: Almost pitch black with some dark brown on the edges. An unaggressive pour didn't produce much head, but some brown lacing is visible.

SMELL: The first thing that hits me is coffee, despite not having any coffee, to my knowledge. Then I get dark chocolate, and some dark fruit notes, though not much cherry. Maybe a bit of black cherry, but there are notes of prunes and raisins.

TASTE: A big blast of cherry sweetness upfront. The cherry is much more prominent in the taste than in the nose. Dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley notes are present in the middle, and then it finishes like a milk stout with some creaminess. The aftertaste smacks of both sweet and sour cherries.

FEEL: The body is medium, but leans toward heavy. Creamy on the finish. Carbonation is light, but leaning moderate.

OVERALL: While not ridiculously authentically cherry-tasting, this is a beer for those who like it sweet and fruity. A bit too sweet for my taste. Well-made, though. I wouldn't refuse this if offered, yet I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it, either. A decent fruit stout.

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Max's Taphouse. Fells Point. Eh. Wouldn't get again.

Photo of bluehende
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The cherry gives a nice tart and subtle cherry flavor. Avoids the normal cough syrup flavor of a cherry stout. Very good.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.90 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter glass
From: Palm Springs Liquor in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: June 14, 2015
Consumed: June 19, 2015
Misc.: Born on Nov. 6, 2014

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of dark tan, frothy head, that thinned out rather quickly. Light amount of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.50)

First smell was dark chocolate, coffee and roast malts. Second go around was dark cherry, cherry nuts, cherry wood, dark cocoa, chocolate milkshake and toffee. Not as pronounced cherry as I would have thought though. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted a little better than the nose, but not as good as I was hoping. Got dark chocolate, roasty malts, smoky fire, tart black cherries, toffee, caramel, chocolate covered cherries, chocolate milk, fudge, toffee, caramel, faint Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia and dark cranberry. (Taste - 3.88)

Full-to-medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Best part of beer by far. (Feel - 4.50)

I have to say I was disappointed overall. I did like it, just not as much as I thought I would. I’d still have it again. (Overall - 3.88)

3.90 | 88 | B+

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of chocolate-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice, soft, subtle aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes of slightly burned toast, freshly brewed coffee, dark chocolate, sour cherry and a touch of licorice and brown sugar.

Taste: Interesting. Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, such as slightly burned toast, freshly brewed coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses and a touch of licorice. Then there’s flavors of tart, sour cherries, not sweet, but not too sour, more as an accent as opposed to a dominate flavor. The cherry blends pretty well with the stout.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an interesting stout. I was expecting a sweeter beer, one evoking chocolate covered cherries or cherry cordials, rather than a blend of stout and sour, tart, cherries, but it all blends pretty well in a satisfying, interesting stout. Recommended.

Photo of BenwayPHD
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light black with a very thin red brown head. The smell is reminiscent of cherry pie, but with some chocolate. There is also mild coffee and caramel notes. The flavor is very tart/sour upfront coupled with mild chocolate. This is shortly followed by a bright sweetness, like cold brewed coffee. It finishes with a soft bitterness. I like it, but i don't love it.

Photo of Gear54
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a snifter

Pour is pitch black with 1/2 finger of kaki foam. Very little carbonation and no lace left behind.

Smell is sweet tart cherry with coffee and dark chocolate in the background. Smells very unique compared to other stouts.

Taste is interesting. It follows the nose exactly, however, I'm not sure that's a good thing. Way over the too on cherry tartness and sweetness. Almost artificial like cherry syrup. It masks almost all of the coffee and chocolate flavors that are such a nice pairing in the smell category.

Feel is good. Sticks to the palate well and coats the mouth. The syrupy sweetness hurts the drinkability for me personally.

If the cherry was toned back a bit to complement the coffee and chocolate instead of hide it this would be an amazing beer. I rate it as average. Not my favorite from Bells

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Something about the tartness of this beer made me drink it really, really quickly. Pretty unique stout.

Photo of ramrod666
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black. Low Carbonation. Sour cherry. sweetness lingers. roasted finish. great stout.

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

hhhmmmmm, sorry too much cherry flavor.... "syrup-like" cherry flavor at that.
so much so that it imbalances everything else in the brew.
the chocolate & roasted coffee are there but quickly leave the palette once the fruit hits the tongue. nice body & head that leaves some weak lacing for a stout. not my favorite from bell's, and may have scared me away from cherry stouts all together.

Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: It’s dark and thick with a light tan head. The slowly fades out leaving just a ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Lacing is mostly slick. Smell: The aroma has a light toasted grain character with hints of almond like nutty notes and cherries. Taste / Palate: The flavor has a tart cherry roasted maltiness up front. As it warms I get more roasted coffee like malt notes. The finish has a mix of light tartness and bitterness. Carbonation and palate feel right on.

Photo of ClavisAurea
2.08/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Aged bottle; dated 9/18/2014 so it is 6 1/2 months old when I'm trying it. Served at cellar temps in a pint glass. Here we go...

Appearance: Poured a fairly thick brown with a slight red hue. There was initially no head but there is a small rim of brown foam on the edges. No sediment and the beer appears to be opaque.

Nose: Roasted malt acidity, sour cherries, cheap chocolate bars, slight vanilla from some oak (is this barrel aged or something???), no alcohols at all

Taste: sour cherries, thin mouthfeel, really dried out, the cherries are really overpowering, there is a little roasted character in there but I just can't get past the cherries. It's not like a good cherry either. Kind of a thin cough syrup like flavor. Good cherries=kriek; bad cherries=this beer (and Liney's Big Eddy Cherry Doppleschwartz for that matter). No alcohol presence at this age (don't know if they were there when this one was younger.

Overall: Fail, at least with some age on it. I really needed to try this one fresh to get the true flavor but I can guarantee you that it should not be aged. The mouthfeel dries out too fast and there isn't enough body to sustain it in the cellar. The cherries should have stayed on the trees or gone into some nice preserves or something. Keep your cherries out of my beer please. Skip this one in the future and pay the extra money for the Bell's Expedition Stout; totally worth it.

Photo of chopp02
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look and the smell of this beer is fantastic, however, the taste is too tart for me and I did not like the texture of this beer while I was drinking it. If you like sour beers, though, you will enjoy this one.

Photo of Mersh
1.98/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Maybe this isn't my cup of tea but the cherry tasted so artificial it made me gag. I am a huge stout lover but this was a bad representation of the style.

Photo of Nolo
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Looks like motor oil like Greg says, a really dark stout. Dark beige small thin head, looks like an espressos crema.

Smell: Really couldn't smell the cherry juice in this one, it is present but its really low compared to the usual roasted barley, coffee, chocolaty smell. I also get a hint of some nuts in it. Its still pleasant.

Taste: You can totally feel the cherry juice hit your palate, very nice and smooth, a little soury in my opinion and it doesn't ruin the chocolate, coffee and roasted malt flavor. Sweet indeed for a stout. Really good.

Feel: Slightly crisp due to the cherry juice and kinda dense. It doesn't leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Its just awesome.

Overall: I really, really liked this beer. The ABV is not that high and it goes great as a dessert or with some kind of chocolate or vanilla or cheesecake. I don't understand the low ratings on this one.

Photo of wattoclone
4.44/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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

This beer can't decide if it's a stout or sour.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.46/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Photo of Rhlufa65os
4.74/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a smooth and very tasty beer worth every sip.

Photo of Furlinator
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant mixture of dark chocolate and tart cherry. Like if a stout and a wild ale had a delicious baby.

Photo of vma
4.48/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

if you like the taste of tart sours and stouts you should try this beer. it really is good I really enjoyed it

Photo of Jaybirdbrew
1.87/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Cherry was too cloying, like cough syrup.

Photo of Modernrickk
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not sure how to put this lightly but this beer is like a stout that someone accidentally poured cherry juice into..

The dark malts taste and smell decent .. The tart initial taste tho isn't really my cup o tea.. I wouldn't mind NOT having this again.. But I still have 5 bottles lol
Mouthfeel is thick.. Syrup like and pours out weird.. Even the way it rolls out of the bottle is strange.. Like syrup ..

Photo of Jsmick
1.98/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I can't believe Bell's put this out...... Maybe if this were going to be a sour stout, it might have been better, but this beer tastes unfinished. The sourness of the cherry juice overpowers the rest of the stout. I'm a huge sours fan, but this basically taste like a stout that was infected, and not in a good way. I can smell the cherries and the roast, but that doesn't come through in the taste.

Photo of WheelsPSU
2.44/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like Bell's but this was not good. There was absolutely no head when this poured and gave off a slight roasted malt and sour smell. The taste was medicinal cherry, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavors just did not mesh together.

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Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 2,328 ratings.