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

Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout

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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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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 02:08:37 | More by Sammy
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 06:24:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 21:03:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 00:10:26 | More by mikesgroove
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3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 04:49:31 | More by womencantsail
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Quebec (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 don’t seem to agree with. I really don’t like the mix between the sweet cherries and roasted malt. Body is lighter then expected but still about average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 18:52:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 16:00:24 | More by BEERchitect
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3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 23:54:39 | More by Thorpe429
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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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3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 23:46:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 23:34:24 | More by oberon
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3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 02:31:39 | More by TMoney2591
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4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 00:58:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally black, without a head to speak of. Intensely aromatic; roasty, toasty, and sweet! Very lively and hoppy, and just incredible! This is some potent flavor here, and I have to step back, take a breath, and marvel at it, before returning to slowly sip.
A very thick, and heady taste, without a great deal of bitterness, perhaps completely muffled by the deliciously sweet avalanche of cherry flavors. Nice finish, dark, yet sweet. Thick, and full bodied. No session brew, this is meant for thoughtful nightcap, a rewarding dessert.
Cherry stout! What'll they think up next in Kalamazoo? Banana stout? Fig stout? Dragonfruit stout? Bring it on, Bell's!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 16:08:24 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from WeisGuy, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a very thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of cherries, chocolate and dark malts.

T: The taste is fruity and malty, with strong flavors of cherries & chocolate and a dry sweetness. There’s not much of a hops presence but you don’t really expect it in this type of beer anyway. The after-taste is slightly sweet. It seems like someone decided to take the chocolate-covered, liqueur-filled cherries and make them into a beer.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is very sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, nice kick. This beer didn’t exactly get a ringing endorsement form a fellow BA that I talked to before I traded for it but, I wasn’t as bad as he made it out to be. However, this really isn’t a beer that I would want to drink more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 04:11:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 02:45:42 | More by emerge077
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3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a finger of mocha colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Cherry juice & some cocoa & prunes?

T: Dark chcolate, sour cherry & oakyness up front. A strong pruneyness battles with the tart cherry favor as this warms. Finishes tart, dry & with a slight smokeyness

MF: Dry, oily with low almost zero carbonationn

Drank okay the ABV is well hidden, but, the tastes weren't really pulling together for me, expected so much more from this one

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 03:53:26 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a 1/2" brownish/red color head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich, chocolate malt scent along with a tart cherry aroma. It's almost coffee smelling with a cherry liquor added. The taste is average. It has a very bold cherry flavor that sticks out beyond the chocolate malts. It seems a little over the top, but I like the effort. The malts mix well with the cherries, but there needs to be a bit more malt. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking stout despite it's flaws. I homebrew a recipe much like this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 02:03:47 | More by WesWes
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3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Bell's glass because I can. Beer is black with a thin lazy brown head of small bubbles, low retention, low carbonation, low lacing.

Aroma is roasty and sour with cherries and fruits. Interesting.

Beer is medium to light in body, tart on the corners and sweet up front, the flavors are interesting but not a combo that I particularly enjoy. I had enough after a bottle and won't be going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 21:35:55 | More by drabmuh
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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is cherries, chocolate and cream. The flavor is more of the same. I get some cream, smoke, cherry, chocolate and roasted malt. There is a roasted aftertaste. The cherries are slightly tart, but not as tart as I was expecting. Creamy, thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 02:27:48 | More by Mora2000
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3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 19:03:19 | More by zeff80
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4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No Batch Number; Sampled February 7th, 2010
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium Globe glasss produces a creamy, dense, fat-two-finger thick, nicely browned head. The beer is almost perfectly black a nd shows the same opaque, dark chocolate black / brown color when held up to the light. Rich, roasted malt notes dominate the nose with aromas of espresso, deeply toasted whole grain bread, some roast-acidity reminiscent of black coffee, rich dark chocolate notes and in the finish notes of toasted whole grains with just a hint of toasted grassiness. The cherry is very subtle in the nose, perhaps a hint of rose is here and maybe a very non-descript hint of fruitiness. As a stout the aroma is quite nice and rich.

The beer as it first hits my tongue reveals a rich, unctuous texture that coats the palate nicely. A tart cherry note provides some acidity and a touch of palate cleansing character to balance the richness. My second sip sees me noticing more sweetness, and thus more of the floral cherry character, underneath the dominant roast character. The roast provides notes of espresso, touches of bitter dark chocolate, big roasted grain notes and perhaps a hint of burnt vegetal character to the finish.

This is quite nice, I really like how the rich Stout / malt character is balanced by the kiss of tart cherries; I can't imagine the texture of the two components working together any more harmoniously than they do. The fruit and the roast grain somehow combine to contribute an almost smoked prune sort of flavor (more fruity than smoked). A damn fine beer that makes me quite happy that I can now get this locally in Arizona.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 22:46:39 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:03:38 | More by Knapp85
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4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and thick as can be. Very minimal tan head. Even without it, it still looks good. Nose is slightly syrup like with a roasted edge to it. Flavor is thick with a firm roasted edge to it. Minor cherry tones really. Seems to kick hardest on the back side, and does so rather quickly and then leaves. Feel is smooth with a nice carbonation. This is a pretty good stout. Nothing that will blow the mind, but still pretty nice all the same.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 06:51:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep dark pretty much opaque brew with a thin tan head, lacing is thin and pretty sparse. Aroma: Dark roasts produce mild dark chocolate and black coffee robust tones with an air of nuttiness and tart cherries blended in there. Is reminiscient of Amaretto with that almond cherry blend found in that. Tastes: Sharp acidic tartness in the forefront, blended by dark bitter roasts not very complex a bit one dimensional with tart cherries I don't think I am a fan of this one just doesn't do it for me. Mouthfeel: Rather thin figuring the appearance of a dark liquid pouring into my glass weighing in at 8% would be packing some chewy textures and full body right, well that's not the case here a medium to light bodied brew leaves me rather unimpressed. Drinkability: Just not my kind of stout lacks extreme body and contains entirely too much tart cherry juice, not a fan don't like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 17:55:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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