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

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80
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2,174 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,174
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 91
Gots: 157 | FT: 13
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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3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at the Flying Pig Saloon in Malvern, PA.

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, it looks a bit like motor oil - thick, black with a 1-finger tannish head.

S: Roasted barley malt and a wee bit of cocoa powder. But the tart cherries are a stand out.

T: Decent amount of roasted malt up front, but it's ultimately overwhelmed by the tartness of the cherries. As I get used to that, I get a bit of chocolate as well, but the cherries keep coming back to the forefront.

M: Medium in heft with fairly high levels of carbonation. A softer, finer carbonation would've served this better, I think.

O: Decent stuff - I had it as an aperitif of sorts after some time outside in the cold, and it worked to wake up the taste buds and warm the belly. But a bit too tart overall to get a higher score.

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4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Sam Adams Pint.

Color: Black with a brown head with some red in it.

Smell: Cherries, roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Cherries, roasted malts and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, smooth with a nice dry finish.

Overall: This stout has a nice smooth rich cherry taste. The drinkability is phenomenal! Very well balanced and delicious. $15 for a sick pack. Worth it! Cheers.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gifted by afdempse- Thanks Adam!

Pours a super dark brown- almost black, with a beautiful one finger dark chocolate head. Average lacing on my snifter glass. The nose is chocolate, cherry, malt, and some funk.. Not bad. The taste is interesting. A little heavy on the sour cherry, and a little light on the chocolate/malt. Still, it's pretty good. Feel is super smooth w/ the malt backbone vs. tart w/ the cherries. Nice. Overall- a solid brew. If it was a little bit more balanced, this would be a great beer.

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A: Beer pours a dark brown/black color with a slight redness to it. Head is chocolate colored with a hint of red.

S: Roasted malts and sour cherry.

T: Chocolate covered cherry. Roasted malt and tangy cherry bite. Very tasty!

M: It could probably use a little bit more malt body.

O: I've been waiting a year for this and I am not disappointed.

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Vigorous pour yields an inch of light brown head that rapidly dissipates, leaving a thin band behind and excellent clingy lace. A black beer with the faintest of red highlights.

Aroma of roasted dark maltiness and fresh cherries. Very tasty, with lightly sweet and sour cherries, chewy malt, roast, and vinous notes. Fruit is very fresh and real; a little subtler but nicer and more natural tasting than the Stone Chocolate Cherry Stout. Flavor balances all the elements of roast, char, sweetness, bitterness, sourness and boozy warmth. Woody and tannic. As it warms the cherries really come to the fore with excellent sweet and tart flavors. Nice chocolate notes as well.

Creamy and pleasant mouthfeel with medium low carbonation. Slight booziness and warming in the finish and aftertaste. Sticky and a little thick but far from sludgy.

Very good and very interesting.

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Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 2,174 ratings.