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

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Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout

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Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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."

Added by Mitchster on 01-09-2002

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Reviews: 1,011 | Ratings: 2,493
Photo of Jomolieri
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

It's juice with beer added - not the other way around. That pretty much sums it up. But for a little more explanation:

It has a unique flavor, a strong stereotypical stout notes combined with a cherry juice feel. And this is the problem. It feels way too thin in the mouth.

It poured with no head or lacing and almost felt like I was drinking a flavored fizzy drink rather than a beer. Very disappointing.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Good"? Really guys?

Pours a dark oily black with some dark purple tints. Head doesn't stay long in the snifter but is pretty to look at. SRM of mmmm... 41.

Aromas of roasted malts and coffee, backed faintly by smashed cherries and cranberry juice.

Mmm. Roast malts come through first, giving an almost coffee-like character to it. Tart fruits - cherry, plum, prune, dark skinned grape - all come soaking through as its left to linger in the mouth. At the end we get a total emulation of blackberry pie, with some cherries added. Why this get poor reviews i dont know. Maybe people don't like pie?

Feel is leathery but smooth, insanely tart, and leaves a parch on the palate. Carbonation is moderate to heavy.

I dont know what to say. I will gladly enjoy the rest of my six pack for months to come. Worth the $16? Yeah, i suppose. At a few dollars cheaper I'd go broke - and i know you know what I'm talking about.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had parts of this six-pack over two years and I still can't get used to it.
Way, way, too acidic and sour. Cherry is OK in stouts, but not this way.
This may be for the very few... and they can have it.

This is listed in the "1001" beers and undermines the whole book.

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Photo of LMO1190
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells like tart cherry juice with chocolate. Sort of dry. Very nice

Taste. Like tart cherry juice with lite chocolate. Almost taste like a red wine.

Feels very smooth.

Overall, I don't see why this beer doesn't have higher reviews. It's very drinkable. It kinda reminds me of Sam Smiths Taddy Porter

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Photo of drtth
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark, dark brown that is almost black with a dark tan 1/2" head that soon begins to recede to a ring and irregular patch of foam over part of the surface. Sipping creates a few scattered patches and legs of lacing. By the end of the beer there's still a long slender line of foam on the liquid and ring with enough foam left to create some small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are a nice mix of the cherry with the standard dark chocolate and a hint of coffee that is characteristic of many stouts.

The flavors are pretty much as expected from the nose with the tart cherry, chocolate and coffee flavors. In addition there's some sweetness blended in with the tart cherry to add some of the character of maraschino cherries (which were originally made using tart cherries). So in some ways the favor profile is similar to a dark chocolate covered cherry.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with a slight creamy touch from the light carbonation. The finish begins as the chocolate and coffee fade into the background leaving the cherry and sweetness behind to also slowly fade. At the end there's just a touch of dry bitterness that reminds of dark chocolate.

I liked this one as a treat and expect I'll be having it again. While it won't be a regular thing one of these every once in a while as a change of pace. I could also see using it for a paring with some chocolate or certain cheeses to close out a dinner. But I also don't see having more than one in a row.

Note: After writing this review I read a few of the other reviews and was surprised to find how many didn't care for this beer. While I wouldn't say it was the best stout I've ever had I do think that it is well made and is a tasty, complex blend of tart cherry, dark chocolate and a touch of sweetness that is quite nice

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Photo of TH28
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. 12/1/15 bottle date. Appearance: Jet black with a moderate brown head that dissipated quickly. Aroma: Roasted malt and black cherry notes. Taste: Light roasted malt that quickly turns to a sharp, tart black cherry. Light to moderate perceived bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation. Finish: Dry, tart cherry lingers with a touch of roast. Overall: Surprised at the intensity of the tart cherry, but it balances the roasted malt well. Could use a bit more carbonation, but overall a nice beer.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated 12/1/15. Pours black with a smaller sized khaki head. Smells of tart cherry and dark roasted malt; weaker intensity. The taste follows exactly with mostly cherry and malt with some char and cocoa; kind of one-dimensional. Mild tart finish. Below average body and carbonation. Overall, it has a great look, but needs something added to the smell/flavor to keep me interested.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I purchased a bottle of this from the Trig's grocery store in Schofield, WI. Cherry Stout pours a dark hue with a small head and lacing. The scent is of chocolate and some malt. The taste has a nice initial maltiness and ends with hints of chocolate and cherry. The finish is very smooth. Overall this is a very nice stout.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking at previous reviews it looks like this is a love it or hate it sort of beer. This one works for me. The cherry juice is a strong presence, so much so that it might dominate the stout profile one might be expecting. For me, it works well and makes sense. I don't know if I'd want to consume a six pack in a sitting, but I'm enjoying my single enough to make me want to seek it out again.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.Smell is a very strong cherry smell,with not much else.Taste is such an overpowering cherry that I found I really couldn`t enjoy it that much.More like drinking wine than beer.This is not one I will be revisiting.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with tan head. Cherries, just like the name says, with some roast and cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a chocolate covered cherry flavor.

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Photo of WestmontStorm
2.11/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Did you ever bite into a chocolate candy that's part of an assortment and get the nasty one filled with a fruity gel? If you like those candies, this one's for you. Starts with a nice stoutly flavor then ruined, for me at least, by the sour cherry flavor. Loves Bell's but not this one.

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Photo of Myotus
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured hard at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (packaged 13Nov15) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Consumed on 16Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and a half's worth of cinnamon colored foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth of khaki foam after 45 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a moderate amount of small, rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and thin with some spotted areas of thickness.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sweet coffee, roasted malts (not bitter, though), sweet chocolate, and tart cherries entangle with subtle vanilla aromas.
TASTE: Strong bittersweet/tart cherry flavors first strike the palate. I was not expecting that based on the smell of the beer. Mild sweet chocolate and bitter roasted malt flavors immediately follow. Subtle vanilla and sweet coder flavors enter lastly as sweet chocolate and bitter roasted malt flavors push on. The cherry flavors don't necessarily grow stronger, but rather the sweetness fades, resulting in a lingering bitter/tart flavor.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. Carbonation is low. Goes down smooth and somewhat creamy. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: What smelled amazing, turned out to taste okay. Even as I drank this, this smell did not match the flavor profile. The cherry juice just took a whole different (and displeasing) approach in the taste than the smell.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Jet black: Not much head; nothing remarkable wrt lacing.

Smell: Soy Sauce.

Taste: Espresso-charcoal upfront, that immediately mingles with a tart vinous fruit;
Tartness lingers on the palate as a sour note vs. bitterness.

Feel: Largely non-descript.

Overall: Finished the pour; Not a fan generally of overly smoking or roasty stouts,
since those flavors themselves can accentuate tartness. This is a little different,
since the tartness is more a component by design vs. a byproduct. That aspect
makes it somewhat unique, but I still like my stouts sweet!

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 7% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish brown with two finger light brown head quick to dissipate. Opaque.

Smell- Chocolate, cherries, and roasted malt.

Taste- Slightly roasted, milk chocolate malt up front. Prominent cherry flavor builds, and blends with the chocolate malt tones. The cherry flavor is not so sweet, but is very much on the tart side. The tartness only builds, and goes right through into the finish. Finishes tart and dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- An interesting stout that mixes it up from the norm of stouts. Bell's could have chosen a sweeter cherry over the tart variety in this beer as it is borderline sour. This aspect really makes this a sipping beer only on the basis it is brewed with lots of cherries.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown on the edges, black in the middle. Thin, cherry cola like head, 1/5". Aroma was cherry. Dark cherry and thick roasted malt.

Tons of cherry, massive thick mouthfeel a consistency that leads some to say cough syrup, I get it, even if the taste only has minor shared tendencies.

You really have to like lots of cherry in your stout to enjoy this one. Can't wait to try the barrel aged version.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with a hint of ruby, very thin tan lace that didn't retains barely and only after swirling it in the glass. What's most unique about this brew is the cherries. Sour cherries in the aroma as well as the typical roasted malt, chocolate and coffee associated with stouts. Likewise, the taste is tart, a product of the cherries, but with a roasted malt backbone. I feel the cherry juice in the finish as well as some hops bitterness that becomes more prominent towards the end of the drink. The body is lighter for a stout, softly carbonated but with some crispness. The tartness tends to make it less smooth than other stouts.
Overall, this is an unusual and interesting stout. The sour cherry tartness is perhaps a bit much, as I would have liked for the roasted malts to take more of the center stage, with the cherries serving as more of a garnish. It is a thus a slightly flawed brew but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of J1moyer
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yummy! Bell's Cherry Stout is on tap at Fishpaw's Marketplace in Arnold, MD. Check it out. They offer many beers, wines and spirits. Cheeses are available too!

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Photo of Danny_Brewstein
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remembered this being more sour and tart last year. Also the bottle poured with no head what so ever. When it was cold, the cherry flavor was really not present, just the tartness and some bitterness from the dark roasted malts. Tasted best to me just above room temp, when the cherry flavor came through to help balance out those other notes.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice beer in the glass but the head was small and doesn't hold that great. Nice chocolate, coffee, roasty and cherry smells. Seems to work well. Taste is quite interesting and tart cherries mix pretty well with the stout characteristics for the most part. Not a home run, but I respect the craft and artisanal attempt at this mix and overall it's pulled off quite well and drinkable.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours jet black small tan head gone quickly no lacing no head in under a minute.
Smell bitter chocolate cherry some roasted notes sourness from the cherries the smell I thought could have been better.
Taste bitter chocolate very tart cherry sourness roasted or smoked flavor on the back end.
Feel medium body kind of dry from the cherry bitterness not a huge fan of the feel
Overall not a bad example of a tart cherry stout I would probably have this again.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Foamy head, dark brown.

As many have said, this is sour, but seems accidentally so. Maybe just using rejected cherries, or else cherries just don't work well with Bell's stout.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark beer, pitch black but with no head, surprising for 7%
S - dark, roasted chocolate malts with tart cherry in the background. Not mind blowing but substantial. There's a distinct bells stout character to this that seems to be present in all of bells stouts across the board
T - dark roasted malt, chocolate, tart cherry, smoke. The tart cherry lingers but isn't overwhelming.
M - medium to heavy mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is cherry mixed with dark malts.
O - decent stout unlike any other that I've had. It has a distinctly natural taste that most flavored stouts don't have.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Standard stout black, capped with roughly half a finger of incredibly short-lived pale off-white head. It barely leaves even a ring as it dies.

Smell: Dark roasted grain and tart cherries, in roughly equal measure, accompanied by some mild sweetness and light coffee notes.

Taste: That is...interesting. This beer opens much like a milk stout, fairly sweet and malty, and then is abruptly transformed by the arrival of the cherry flavors. While tart, said fruit mixes with the sweetness of the beer to present a flavor not unlike that of a Luden's cough drop (for those old enough to remember those little red rectangular lozenges, anyway - I haven't seen them in over a decade). The cherry tartness intensifies as it goes, until the aftertaste seems almost like what one would expect from a cherry sour beer.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, especially for something with the designation of a stout, this is bordering on light-bodied. The carbonation level seems fairly lively, however, which saves the beer from feeling too watery.

Overall: While interesting to try, this will not be a repeated beer in my drinking rotation, even seasonal as it may be. While the Luden's-esque flavor was something of a trip down memory lane, said memories generally involved being sick, so that plus a vaguely medicinal profile make this a below average offering in my book.

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Photo of CHickman
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/13/15: A fresh bottle, it pours black with a 2 finger foamy tan head that had tons of bubbles in it, popping and dissipating slowly as the head eased down leaving decent spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of roasted grains, coffee grinds, cherries, light yeast, toffee, char and dark fruit. It's rather simple smelling, but this is a stout brewed with cherry juice so it shows off the cherries, char and roasted grains. Not the most complex nose, but accomplishes the brewers set out to do so I give them props for that.

Tastes of black cherries, coffee grinds, light yeast, toffee, charred wood, peat moss, cocoa powder, dark fruit like raisin and dates, burnt grains and a sweet bitterness which must be from the cherry juice. It's a tad bit too sweet, but I like the complexities which come from the cherry and fruit sweetness as they mix with the burnt malts and smoky flavors.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery and very light feeling, the body is light to medium, This brew hides the 7% ABV very well, and went down smooth even with the mild bitterness and cherry sweetness. Aftertaste has minerals and earthy notes, which tame the bitterness but can't subdue the fruit sweetness of those local Michigan cherries. It was good overall, but I'd grab other Bell's stouts over this one.

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