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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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Ratings: 2,022
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 93
Gots: 134 | FT: 12
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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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

shaebs99, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
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3.76/5  rDev +6.8%

funkel81, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

s1ckboy, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

tbeq00, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very very darkcolor. Very nice color. Head is one finger and tan, doesn't last well.
S- The aroma has cherry but it doesn't hit you over the head. Mostly dark/roasted malt, with a slightly smokey presence.
T- It's tart up front, but the cherry flavor doesn't really develop beyond the tartness. There's some dark chocolate as well. The tartness mostly overwhelms everything else.
M- Medium body for stout, light carb.
O- This beer would have benefitted either from more cherry flavor (without adding more tart), or toning it down more. As it stands, it came across just as a tart stout, without the vibrant fruit flavor I hoped for.

jsprain1, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of doopydoogle
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with a thin reddish-brown head.

S - Chocolate, metal, cherry juice, some mineral

T - Tart front with rounded chocolate, cherry, and some toffee/caramel flavors coming through. The cherry really gives it some bit, but not necessarily at the expense of the stoutness. Finish is a pleasant mild chocolate with some nice malt tones coming through and an odd almost biscuity flavor.

M - Great carbonation, and the tartness of the cherry juice gives it a very interesting mouthfeel.

O - Nice, if you like REAL cherry juice and stouts. It's a great marriage!

doopydoogle, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of engagechad
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single - tulip glass

Pours a thick, dark blackish purple with a nice cherry cola looking head. Smells nice, cherry is faint but good. Taste is tart and a little syrupy. not sure if it's a good feeling really but it's interesting that's for sure.

taste is good but not really something I would seek out again.

engagechad, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours black with a finger of tan head. Ok head retention.

S- aromas of cherry pit, tartness and ground coffee bean. Light chocolate on the finish.

T- initial tart cherry flavor that blends with a semi-sweet chocolate. Light coffe tone on the finish.

MF- smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and medium carbonation.

D- very drinkable with big tart cherry flavor.

Overall a great fruity stout.

Viciousknishs, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- This is quite the slick pour. The chocolate milk head builds to an even finger. The cap is rather smooth. The head retention isn't the greatest and there isn't much lace to be seen. The body is dark and opaque as it should be.

Smell- There is really strong coffee-roast and leather scents. Under that is a chocolate sweetness, there is also some tart cherry and woodiness. If you want to give points for being subtle, this is where they are given.

Taste- The drink starts with that roasted malt and it rides the tongue heavily into the finish with a strong char, maybe a little overdone. You know that feeling you get when you eat a cherry and you get that slick, tart feeling in your mouth for a while? That is here. That is exactly what I get on the palate, but not really any cherry flavor.

There is some caramel malt, and maybe even some cherry sweetness, but it is subtle, not as forward as that roasted malt.

Mouth feel- This stout is medium bodied, wish it filled up the mouth a little more. No problems with how smooth it feels when drinking it. This is about as "bad" as Bell's will get with mouth feel, and it's not even "bad".

Overall- In a cherry stout, of course you would like some cherry. And I can't argue that the essence of cherry isn't there, because it is. This beer errs more on the side of a traditional stout with a high roasted malt profile.

So yes, technically this is a sound beer. But if you are expecting to taste something a little different, this one will probably let you down in that category.

Pintofbrown, Nov 04, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into snifter. First off, this beer is black as hell. No head at all, faint frothy edges, faint lacing down glass. Smell is of cherry with a slight roast backing it up. The taste is sweet, surprise. A lil too sweet, but very drinkable.
Overall, a lil too sweet, but a very well done beer. Would have to be in a specific mood to enjoy one again.

biglobo8971, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Knapp85, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is pretty dark, a thin brown head rises, but falls quickly. Very bubbly, no lacing.

S: The smell is very, very sweet. Roasty, with some tart cherries. Basically smells like your run of the mill sweet stout with cherries added.

T: It's actually pretty tasty. Sweet and roasty, with a nice tartness underneath. I was worried it was going to be too sweet, but that isn't the case.

MF: Medium to heavy body. Carbonated well.

O: It isn't all that drinkable. The sweetness, while headed off by the tart cherries and roastiness, is undeniable and sort of takes over after a while. Strange aftertaste.

russwbeck, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of tfratzke
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pitch black head with brown/tan head. Smell of tart cherries, maybe slight chocolate? but that may be my mind playing tricks on me by it's appearance. Taste is tart cherries, and smoke. This was a lot more sour/tart than i was expecting. Slight chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is way too watery for a stout for me. This was the them most disappointing aspect of this brew for me. Overall, it's interesting, but i would pass on it next time around.

tfratzke, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of tsauce2
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a pint glass

A: SRM is very dark brown with slight red tinge. Head is 1 in, tan, dissapates to line the rim of the glass. Medium lacing.

S: Roasted malts and cherry juice, but slightly faint smelling.

T: Deep roasted malts, dark chocolate with pronounced natural, slightly sweet, slightly tart cherry flavor. Slightly bitter roasted malt taste with cherry.

M: Malty/creamy with cherry tingling the palate. Semi-wet finish.

O: Very enjoyable stout. A bit more malty than I prefer. Excellent use of the fruit component; blends very well with the stout without overpowering.

tsauce2, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of gdrydenc
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours black with very limited brown head. Although the color is what I'd expect, with the cherry added I would have thought a hint of red or auburn in the head would be expected.

S - Smells like a stout with a bit of cherry to it. Plain and simple. Not a great combo of smells.

T - I don't know if I just don't like sourness in my stouts, but this is not a delicious beer for me. The cherry adds just sourness, not a lot of cherry flavor. Maybe in the finish there's a bit, but not a great taste.

M - Fairly average mouthfeel; the issue I have is still with the bitterness. It almost makes me pucker, which is not conducive to tasting a stout.

Overall, I don't like the addition of the cherry juice to this. I think it overpowers the malts of the stout and ruins the taste. Not a huge fan.

gdrydenc, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of dorianmarley
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark black with a red tint, especially in the head.

Smells of smoke, with some cherry.

Taste is dark chocolate with smoke and tart cherry in about 25-25-50 percentages.

Mouthfeel is smooth, as opposed to creamy and has nice carbonation--making the strong flavors easier to drink.

Overall, strong flavors, but well-balanced for what it is.

dorianmarley, Oct 22, 2011
Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 2,022 ratings.