Bell's Cherry Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.83/5 rDev +8.5%
At Beer Bistro's US fest. Pours a dark colour with a little pink lacing on glass. Appropriate and full-mouthed carbonation. More cherry cola than anything else, on the sweet side. Chocolate secondary. A novelty stout.I am sure that they have improved the recipe over time.
07-06-2007 02:08:37 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
Thanks to Kelly88 for sending me this one!
Pours a thick and opaque black with no head whatsoever. There is a tiny bit of a film on the top of the beer. Smells of roasted espresso beans, bittersweet chocolate, and sour cherry puree. Taste is of sour cherry juice up front with the dark malts, roasted coffee, and bittersweet chocolate on the finish. There is an acidic/sour twang to this beer with each sip. Somewhat of a high level of carbonation. A bit sticky in the mouth. Overall, a neat idea but something that is an acquired taste.
03-26-2011 06:24:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
A: Very dark with a tanned head.
S: Plenty of cherries present in the nose, along with a good amount of chocolate.
T: Lots of cherries and chocolate. A decent amount of complexity.
M: A little bit thin and a little too tart. I'll have to take some advise I've heard and age one of these for a while.
D: Drinkability is average. The flavors are a little overpowering and the mouthfeel is a tad off, but a pretty good tasting beer.
04-22-2009 23:54:39 | More by Thorpe429
3.51/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
03-08-2014 17:52:11 | More by metter98
2.88/5 rDev -18.4%
Midnight black with very little light at the edges. The medium-sized head is dusty brown in color, falls quickly to a thin film and deposits almost no lace. Cocoa, coffee and (of course) cherries are present in the nose.
The flavor is of chocolate and cherries, but is way too tart. The sourness actually crosses the line into unpleasantness. The mouthfeel needs to be a lot more full given the style. It's reasonably smooth, but has a touch too much fizziness.
When I was a kid we had a sour cherry tree in the backyard. Every summer my mom would bake the most wonderful cherry pies. In fact, I have never had a better pie in all the years since. She had a knack for knowing just how much sugar to add so that the sourness of the cherries was perfectly counteracted by the sugar. The result was something to behold.
It appears as though Bell's could learn a thing or two from my mom. I'm not a brewer, but perhaps the answer is less sour cherry juice, whole cherries instead of juice, or maybe some percentage of sweet cherries. I really wanted to like Cherry Stout and feel that with a few tweaks here and there, it could be good.
12-01-2003 21:03:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.08/5 rDev +15.6%
Plops thickly and richly into the glass. Has all of the lacing and legging that you look for in a strong stout. Tart and sour aromas from the fruit flavors. Coffee and chocolatey as well. Tastes devinely sweet and tart. Like a chocolate covered cherry and coffee. The hop bitterness / flavors and the cherry sourness makes a bit much salty and metalic. Get some apple and oak flavors out of this. Full rich body makes me look for a fork and a knife. Creamy texture slides down easily. She's a sipper, but well worth the effort.
08-04-2005 16:00:24 | More by BEERchitect
4.65/5 rDev +31.7%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A Poured a very very dark brown, essentially black except for some slight reddish tinting around the sides of the glass. Completely opaque with no light at all passing through. A nice tight two finger head formed on the top and gradually settled down to just a layer of lace across the top but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace.
S Very full thick smell loaded down with chocolate and coffee. I detected a nice hint of dark fruit, cherries naturally as it warmed up and even a touch of lactose sugar. The aroma was heavy, easily detected from a foot or more away.
T The flavor was wonderful. Very robust and long-lasting, the initial wave of chocolate rolled over you on the first sip, balanced against it was a tight hint of sugar and caramel which gradually faded into a long cherry tart finish. Very well crafted nothing on this one was over the top or dominating of the other flavors. Definitely tasted like a good dessert this one was one of the fullest flavored stouts I have had in a while
M Very very full bodied. This had the feel and consistency of a shake. Really very full with a great creamy like quality to it. It was very filling and never really got dull.
D This was the perfect cold night, by the fire, sipper. I mean it really does not get better for that scenario then this. It was just so full and robust and filling you was not drinking this one fast, this was meant to be enjoyed over the course of a good long while.
Overall I cannot believe I had not tried this one sooner. This was a really great stout and something I would like to get more of. Perfect for after dinner or a cold night it just had a great deal of presence to it. I would have to recommend this to any fan of both fruit and dark beers; this is the best of both worlds here.
11-27-2007 00:10:26 | More by mikesgroove
2.58/5 rDev -26.9%
Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium foamy head with low retention and no lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee is quite dominant and interesting with some cherry notes also noticeable. Taste is a weird mix between roasted malt and cherry, which I dont seem to agree with. I really dont like the mix between the sweet cherries and roasted malt. Body is lighter then expected but still about average for the style.
12-15-2006 18:52:34 | More by Phyl21ca
3.2/5 rDev -9.3%
A: The pour on this one is almost black with a tall tan head.
S: Strong notes of roasted malts and a bit of dark chocolate, too. The cherries really stand out and there is a big fruitiness. Strangely, there is a slight tartness to it, but I like it.
T: Woah, the tartness on the palate is rather strong. Quite acidic, much more so than just some sour cherry juice/fruit flavor. There is a lot of cherry flavor and a fair amount of roasted malt.
M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.
O: The tartness on the nose was nice and added some depth, but it really took over on the palate and became too much.
07-21-2011 04:49:31 | More by womencantsail
3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Batch 8957. "Your Bell's Cherry Stout was packaged on February 5, 2009". Fascinating!
Appearance: Pours a deep, black body with a rather tall, frothy, tan-colored head.
Smell: Quite a mixture of deeply roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, chicory, and tart-scented cherries. A bit like a Black Forest cake.
Taste: Roasted barley interspersed with some burnt malts. Heavy bittersweet chocolate sauce taste mingled with ground chicory. Moderately sweet. Blitz of tart, sourish dark cherry juice with a touch of acidity. Lightly earthy hops alongside the roasty bitterness of the malts. Slightly tart, roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, slick mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Decent. I do so love a great stout and Bell's does make a great many of them, but, well, this one just doesn't quite do it for me. Pass the Kalamazoo or Expedition, please!
06-30-2009 23:46:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.25/5 rDev -7.9%
This beer poured out as a nice rich looking black color with a thin tan colored head on top. The head faded and doesn't really lace the glass all too much. The smell of the beer is sweet, roasted and has a tart cherry aroma coming off of it. I was hoping for more of a sweet cherry but either way you can tell there will be some cherry in there. The flavor if the beer is just a little off in my opinion. I was thinking that this would have gone better together but I felt the cherry was just a little too tart for me. The mouthfeel was a bit on the light side also which hindered my thoughts on this beer too. Overall this brew was fun to try but I haven't really got much desire to have it again.
11-03-2011 02:03:38 | More by Knapp85
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
Thanks to AKSmoked Porter for this bottle,pours a oily looking black with no head or no carbonation looked like a oil slick no trace of head here at all.Nice aroma though of tart cherries and bitter chocolate,big tart cherry flavor hits right away with some baking spices notes, with a taste of earthiness in the finish.Felt like a oil slick in the mouth as well Iam not sure what that feels like but this is it,a little cloying in sweet/sour dept as well.Probably the worst offering I have had from Bells but it was nice to try.
05-10-2004 23:34:24 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +12.7%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Stumbled on a pile o' these guys at a nearby store and pounced (they go quickly around here...unlike the Beltway traffic...Zing!). It pours a starkly opaque black-brown topped by a thin finger of very quickly-dying khaki foam. The nose is heavy on the maple syrup, molasses, and roasted malts. A tinge of figs and black cherries hides in the back, barely nasally visible. The taste resembles a batch of sour cherries doused in dark chocolate, molasses, and toasted caramel. Once the cherries die away, a nice, smooth, roasty character finishes things off. The body is a firm medium, with a light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a kinda surprisingly good fruity stout. It may not sound right, but it sure tastes right.
07-21-2010 02:31:39 | More by TMoney2591
4.05/5 rDev +14.7%
Served with a small tasting glass at Jerry's in Chicago.
Black body that has a ruby glint around the edges. First pour was headless, but the second one managed to get a mocha cream layer on the surface. Aroma was slightly lactic, milk sugar, chocolate. Cherry was slight if there at all, it may have been residual after a few sips. Chocolate and cherry tartness in the taste. Cherry isn't sweet, or fruity really. It reminded me of more tart dried cherries that have a little acidity even. Very smooth and velvety body, rich and malty. Easy to finish, although I didn't really want more than one...
12-08-2008 02:45:42 | More by emerge077
3.1/5 rDev -12.2%
A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, foamy, tan head. It left some lace.
S - It smelled of very tart cherries, caramel and some chocolate.
T - The tart cherry flavor is almost overpowering. The burnt toast malt is muted compared to the cherry taste.
M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This was tough to drink. Just too much tart cherry flavor. I need more sweetness to balance it out.
10-25-2008 19:03:19 | More by zeff80
4.43/5 rDev +25.5%
Bell's Cherry Stout does what most don't, it combines true stout flavor with gosh-darnit-honest tart and lightly sweet cherry flavor. There's nothing at all fake about it.
It pours the typical stout appearance with an opaque brown-black body topped by a creamy head of dark tan froth, but unfortunately the head retention is quite limited and only very minor spots of lace are left behind.
The nose is more stout than cherry, but it's there for sure amidst the cocoa and soft roastiness.
In the flavor the tartness of the cherry hits you first, bright and brash, and then softens to reveal chocolatey and cocoaish notes followed by soft roastiness, and then some more fruit. The bitterness is kept to a minimum, as might be expected. It's smooth and creamy in the mouth, and it finishes the same way. It's kind of like a blend of an Oud Bruin and a softly cocoaish and chocolatey stout - very unique - and the fact that you can taste both the cherry and the stout seperately is really remarkable.
I enjoy it as an apertif or dessert beer, although I'm sure there are many great food pairings for it. Really remarkable. Worth seeking out.
12-21-2008 00:58:12 | More by NeroFiddled
Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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