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

Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout

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Ratings: 1803
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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Photo of schoolboy


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
Photo of 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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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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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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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
Photo of SHerninko


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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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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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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South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shiny black - one of the prettiest we've seen. Minuscule head like a good stout.

No aroma.

The stout base has a hint of smokiness and seems like it might have been good on its own. The tart cherry is very noticeable - enough to make it a sipping beer. Spectacular if you are a cherry fan.

Lingers slickly in the mouth. Doesn't have the "afterburn" that some stouts have. Good warming beer without a blatant alcohol taste.

Evocative a chocolate covered cherry, but not as sweet.

Tried a sampler glass mixed 50-50 with a chocolate stout and it was close to perfection.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2013 22:07:58 | More by Bernoulli
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2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at the Khyber during PBW. While I appreciate the attempt, this one doesn't quite work for me. This was the 2007 version too. The sour cherries def come through but add a little unsettling tart funk that I didn't enjoy. Glad to have tried it though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 16:47:35 | More by jwhancher
Photo of Durge


3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice find at The World of Beers in Fort Myers, Florida, this one is a pitch black brown color. This stout carries a decent chocolate-tan colored cover and modest lacing. The aroma is a unique blend of tart cherries and chocolatey malt. Pleasant and enticing with a lemony hint. The flavor brings a more challenging blend of bitter cherries with charcoal malt, with very little chocolate. Bitterness really takes over here but the malt base remains and carries a modest herbal hop. Tasty but takes some taste bud adjustments. Medium bodied with a pretty cohesive feel that includes a bit of chalkiness. Carbonation is very subtle but a bit prickly. You do get use to this and I would say it’s a neat, unique stout worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 03:06:49 | More by Durge
Photo of Flux


3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, served in pint glass.

A- dark reddish brown to black. Not a lot of head and very minimal lacing.

S- Definite cherry aroma, and a little green/tart smelling. Roasted, chocolate and biscuit malt aroma. Minimal hop aroma.

T- Upfront tart cherry with chocolate roastiness.

M- Felt thin for a stout, low carbonation.

O- I'm all for adding fruit to a stout but it would be nice to pick up more on the malts without all the sour cherry taking over. I love a good sour beer, but not when i'm expecting a nice rich, deep, complex, roasty, and malty stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 03:42:05 | More by Flux
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3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a deep black color with a thick layering of off-white head. Some spots of lacing on the glass with a few wisps of film on top.

Complex nose with chocolate and roasted dark malts. Plenty of cherry with faint tartness, some darker fruit tones as well. Slight warmth with sweetness.

Heaping amounts of tart cherry up front with skin and unripe notes. Chocolate and roasted malts come through with a decent amount of sweetness. The backbone holds together for a bit, but the tart cherry seems to overwhelm most of the profile. Finishes sweet and sour.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. This smells delicious, but the overwhelming tart cherry became a turn off for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 05:23:27 | More by xnicknj
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3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Fort Myers. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 1 finger creamy dark tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malt, coffee and a touch of cherry.

Taste: Dark roasted malt up front followed by coffee in the middle and ending with sour cherry at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of sourness and coffee. A little bit too much sourness for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. You could knock back a couple without any problem.

Overall: Good beer overall. Not my favorite, but the cherry adds an interesting element. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 23:58:16 | More by adam42381
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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bell's tap Takeover at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, VA.

Quarter-finger of tan head, dark brown body with garnet highlights.

Stouty nose with malt and some roast character, but no cherry...

Cherry taste, but kriek cherry, not that cough syrup stuff. Kind of a 'Flemish Stout'? Interesting-- tart, almost vinegary character.

Mouthfeel is thick enough to not be vinegar, but not much else there.

Overall exciting fruit stout, good for lambic/Flemish fans.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 02:37:19 | More by zaphodchak
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3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 18 Dec 2010.

It was presented to me with a foamy finger-and-a-half of deep-brown head that fell pretty quickly. Color was a deep, inky blackish-brown with limited light penetration. Nose had a strong sour cherry bite. Mouthfeel was medium with a tart, sour cherry bite right away on the tongue. I am not one of the current sour/lactic/pedio/brett freaks and I actually generally eschew such beers, but this was pleasantly tart. The cherry really dominated the taste, overpowering the stout flavors. Finish lingered with cherry and a dryness that left me thinking of wine. I would not want a steady diet of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 00:49:56 | More by woodychandler
Photo of AgentZero


1.95/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Nice looking brown beer with a small khaki head that left some splotches and chunks on the side.

S - This beer smells pretty bad, like cherry cough syrup on top of malts mostly.

T - Wow, taste is horrible. A fruit beer is one you can generally give to non-beer drinkers and they will like it. Everyone hated this, medicinal-cough syrup like flavor accounts for the "cherry" in the Cherry Stout. The "stout" would be a mess of burnt malts. Whole thing is a disaster.

M - Creamy, medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Train-wreck of a beer. Must be better in bottles because that B rating is much too high.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 17:17:58 | More by AgentZero
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3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep dark brown color with a thick coffee colored head that leaves nice lacing.

S- I can definitely pick up the cherries in the nose. Lots of roasted scents and dark fruits.

T- Loads of tart cherry flavor. I didn't expect the cherries to be as dominant or for the overall flavor to be as tart as this. Some roasted flavors in the finish with a touch of alcohol heat.

M- Medium/full bodied with decent carbonation.

O- Overall, this was a very interesting beer. I thought going in that this would be a stout with a hint of cherry. But I was wrong, this is definitely a cherry dominated brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 23:14:32 | More by projectflam86
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South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - an appealing red-tinged opaque black, but with no head.
{Possibly improper handling by Hopjacks (Pensacola, FL) -- the gut next to me returned his Magic Hat beer because it was completely flat.)
S - sweet and fruity stout with a clear cherry note.
T -substantial (sour?) cherry flavor. Tart and a bit salty. Decent finish.
M - smooth but not quite creamy; light but detectable carbonation. .

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 20:30:49 | More by chinchill
Photo of vande


3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black. nothing to be seen through.

S - some fruity/sour type funk going on here.

T - tart, hidden cherry mixed in with the roasted malt...reminded my gently of a jolly pumpkin type funk on this one...

O - Pretty good... I'd like to compare it to the bottle at some time...

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 00:06:56 | More by vande
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3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Pints & Quarts as the leftovers from the Bell's Takeover the Taps event the night before.

This pours almost black with red highlights around the edges, an off-white small head, and a little bit of lacing. On the nose the cherries jump out, tart and huge, but under that there is some caramel malt. In the mouth the tartness becomes even bigger, the cherries are just huge in this beer, but there is caramel lurking underneath. The finish is long on tart, but the mouthfeel is a little thin to me. I'm glad I had it, and I would have it again, but to me this is a one-and-done beer because of the cherry intensity.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 20:34:03 | More by EricCioe
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pint on Tap, I've been dodging this beer for a while now.

Bell's Cherry Stout is black like all the others, a big black stout with a thin layered light tan cap up above that left no traces. Swirls could not even bring up a inch of foam. Smell is all cherry, tart cherry, although I know it's not the real deal, just juice. A blast of cherry backing a smallish stout with some chocolate in the back, slight roast, not in the big picture though. Getting some licorice and malt with the cherry. Feel is tangy, slightly tart, not funky. Body is medium with a lively carb, perhaps too much, it was a bit bitey. Another great one from Bell's but one that is a single go for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 04:39:44 | More by BARFLYB
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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint on tap at terrace taproom.

A- comes to me filled to the brim so no head but my buddies had a small cap of tan head that settled instantly leaving on a thin ring. Very dark brown almost black with a red brown glow at the edges.

S- sweet and tart cherries with a dark roasted malt hit behind. All things considered a rather simple and light nose.

T- there's no missing the sour cherry in this one cherries are big and bright with a good tart and sour twang before the deep dark malts kick in and hit you up with the chocolate and a touch of coffee. The cherries never give up the lead but as the brew warms the malts make a slightly bigger impression. Tart finish.

M- a bit above medium in body with a bright carb that adds to the good pucker that comes with this one.

D- I was surprised by this one that's for sure. Did not expect this much of a sour cherry presence but I dug it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 01:52:01 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of Tone


3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, citrus, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight acidic feel. Tastes of citrus, hops, roasted malt, and sweet malt. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, and good mouth feel. The body is a little lacking though. The cherries are not strongly noticeable, but I enjoy that more than most probably would.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 02:06:42 | More by Tone
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3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Ginger Man, NYC, NY

Dark brown with ruby tints, nearly completely opaque, capped off with a nice brown head. Aroma of malty chocolate, sour cherries. Mildly sour black cherries obviously right up front on the palate and lingering throughout. Roasty malts in the background. It's hard to get a fruit flavor that doesn't clash with roasty dark malts, but Bell's does a pretty good job of it here. Medium-to-heavy body, not too thick. Moderately drinkable, though not many people seem to be into stouts that have a sour twist to them, so take that as you will. Overall, very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2010 18:29:38 | More by Rifugium
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Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,803 ratings.