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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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2,024 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,024
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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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No batch number on this bottle, which is something I usually check before buying.

Aroma - Cherries and a sweet roasted malt aroma

Appearance - Quickly dissipating light brown head with not a lot of carbonation. Poured a very dark brown color.

Taste - Sweet sugars and bitter cherries dominate the flavor profile with a slight roasted malt accent. The bitter cherries don't seem to compliment the beer in my mind.

Notes - Medium mouthfeel

jwhawkins81, May 20, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

To me, this beer is more like a porter than a stout. Not very creamy. Not very dark. The tart cherry flavor is at first a bit exciting to the tongue, but it gets old quickly. I can't see having more than one of these at a time. The smell of the cherry is nice the whole way through.

Spica66, May 18, 2010
Photo of warbird07
4.9/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The true star of this beer is the cherry. The stout itself serves only as a backdrop. Par for the course for Bell's. Actually it drinks kinda like a porter. Delicious. The cherry is true Michigan. Not a sweet dessert cherry Like you would put on a sundae, rather a tart masterpiece. It adds so much to the smell and taste of this beer. Don't expect to pound a sixer of this beer but as a beer lover you must try one.

warbird07, May 06, 2010
Photo of Irish212
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this as part of a pick six from Al's of Hampden.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown, with very little head that disappears in half a minute with a small trace of lacing.

S: Soothing dark cherry smell.

T: Tarty sour cherry taste.

M: Solid body but to tarty of an aftertaste.

D: Not a bad beer, but i wouldn't want more than one in a six pack.

Irish212, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Pabs311
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours very dark brown with a thin dark mocha head, disipates quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

S- dark malts, coffee, chocolate. some fruit there also not neccasarily cherries but dark fruits.

T- sour cherry flavor up front, then followed by some mlaty chocolate sweetness that gives the impression of drinking chocolate covered cherries. not much else going on, but very nice

M/D- medium-full bodied, low carbonation. the sour cherries make this one that isnt goin to go down fast. not unpleasing just good in small doses over time.

Pabs311, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of magnj
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 9447

A - Deep chocolate body is impervious to light. Muddy head is minimal from an aggressive pour and drops quickly. Appears to be viscous based on the pour, carbonation is tough to determine.

S - Chocolate with tart fruit. Not as strong as I worried it might be cherry wise but still tart and almost a little funky.

T - The cherry is obvious and tart up front but stops just a bit shy of being dominant. The chocolate is the main show aside from the cherry. Both flavors play together well and offer a vague sense of chocolate covered cherries or chocolates with cherry filling...same thing I guess. In the finish I get more of a roasted dark grain flavor than chocolate. A well balanced brew, I don't generally like cherry in my beer but this isn't bad at all.

M/D - Full silky body. Easy to drink but I could only take 1 in a night. Would be a perfect desert beer with some fruit or chocolate cake.

magnj, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Cascade99
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Served from draft; poured with a thin beige head that disappated fairly quickly (most likely due to glassware and method of cleaning). Appearance was opaque.

S- Aroma was sweet malt and smelled of fruit. I wouldn't say cherries, but smelled closer to a plum. The aroma was not over-the-top, but rather fairly subtle.

T- Sour. I assume due most likely to the cherries. Not sure if actual cherries or extract is used, but there is definitely sourness to the beer. Also noted roasted coffee tones, but the sourness over-powered the other flavors. The sourness was more than expected and I felt was too much for the beer. If from the cherries, a little less would go a long way for this beer. I would not say that the beer tasted like cherries, but that is expected, as the addition of this fruit can have other impacts to the beer other than the simple taste of cherries.

M- Mouthfeel was medium. Slightly lighter than expected, but within the style guidelines.

D- This is one that one is enough. Overall, the sourness of the beer would lend itself to a single serving.

Cascade99, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass. Pours a deep dark black, with a nicely formed tan head. The nose is roasted malt, smoke, chocolate and coffee. Surprisingly no evidence of cherry here. Upon taking a drink, I get more of the above, especially the smoke and chocolate, although finally a bit of the promised cherry flavor. Although not much of a cherry stout, this one is still a pretty good stout, very drinkable and enjoyable.

emmasdad, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost entirely oqaque black, capped by a one finger mocha head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Lots of roasted malts up front, some hints of roasted/slightly burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and an earthy quality. Cherries are very subtle.

T: There are the cherries...starts off with a blend of tart cherries and some bittersweet chocolate up front, with the chocolate giving way to roasted malts and coffee, with a hint of vanilla thrown in the mix. Tart cherries remain through the duration and dominate the finish.

M: Medium body with a very smooth, moderate carbonation. The tart cherries and rich, robust character of the base stout integrate perfectly.

D: ABV is nowhere to be found and the flavors are interesting, enjoyable, and very easy to drink. This would definitely be one of my go-to winter brews if it was available in CA.

Xul, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Nearly black color, thick dark brown head with decent retention & good lacing

Smell: Roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, molasses

Taste: Up Front: Tart cherry, sweet malt. Finish: Roasted malt, espresso, chocolate

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body (light for a stout) with low carbonation

Drinkability: It was surprisingly easy to drink.

Overall Impression: A really good balance of flavors. Not nearly as tart or sweet as I expected, which is a good thing. I have always been a fan of the combination of cherry with dark chocolate, and this did not disappoint. It also has a yeasty homebrewed quality to it that I enjoyed. It reminds me of a Chocolate Cherry Stout I brewed years ago.

BeerGodz, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

Gueuzedude, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours into the glass black with thin dark red head on the top.

S - Smells like cherry juice, some malt sweetness, and dried cherries.

T - I was expecting the cherry flavor right away but I was hit with chocolate malts first, then a hint of the cherry juice, coffee, hop bitterness, and tart cherries at the end.

M - Thin bodied and doesn't fit the beer, should have more body imho.

D - Surprisingly good tasting, thought it would be more cherry flavor but it was well balanced with the rest of the ingredients. Not an everyday beer but glad I tried it.

semibaked, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of ryanonline
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with sort of a Ruby tinge around the edges. Flat dark tan head and lacing that doesn't stick around.

Smells like a chocolate stout with tart cherries.

Taste is the same.

The mouthfeel is very thin and sparkly. Very sweet finish.

Moderately drinkable. Very thin body leaves lots of room in my tummy.

Nice, different style of beer. Definitely willing to try more than once.

ryanonline, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of cnally
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Seems like a strange combination, right? But who knows, until you try it?

The body is an opaque black, with barely a tan/mocha head that fizzes out quickly.

Burnt wood, smoke, very malty, and just a touch of cherry in the aroma. Very good.

Well, the cherry just makes it a sour mess. The finish is overly extremely ashy and smoky as well. These qualities really destroy the good will of the middle of the flavoring, where you can sense a decent smoke and bitter chocolate.

The mouthfeel is well balanced, carbonated well and not sticky at all.

Barely drinkable. A noble attempt, truly, but really an odd flavor profile and that's that.

cnally, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Jayli
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a two finger of meadium brown, creamy head. Head retains moderately, receding to a film that lasts the whole way through. Some minor wispy lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is of cherry, chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

T: Taste starts with a sweet artificial cherry flavoring that then moves in to a chocolate mingled with roasted malt flavor. Coffee comes through and then almost a candy brandy flavoring finishes out this beer. Touch of smoked flavoring in the aftertaste.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, thin bodied with a touch oily feel.

D: Taste is alright, goes down relatively easily. This a beer that one of two would be enough.

Jayli, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of tedsox31
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. The color is very dark brown, with a light brown head that dissipate very quickly. Some lacing is left behind.

The aroma is very roasty, chocolately, and cherry fruit. The cherry doesn't overwhelm me, but it is definitely there. Some UK goldings hops are present.

The taste is chocolately, rich, and full of cherry as it warms. There is lots of roastiness in the background also. Hops are also there once it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and low carbonation. The taste lingers on the tongue after swallowing.

This is a very good beer. Not one to have more than a couple in a night, but excellent on those cold autumn, winter, and early spring nights.

tedsox31, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a nice dark black with a coffee-coloured head.

S - Nose is Dark roasted malts with chocolate. Some faint fruit smell comes through on the nose but it is not obviously cherry.

T - Roasted malt and sweet, sour cherry. The cherry palate is very interesting as it first comes through sweet but the aftertaste is somewhat sour. It is nice that the cherry flavour is not overwhelming, but the tartness still comes through quite noticeably.

M - medium body.

D - A good stout; it is nice that they didn't make this overwhelmingly sweet.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes

Black pour with two fingers of head. Aroma is slightly sour cherry, oak, roasted malts, and lip gloss. The flavor is tart cherry up front on top of a bed of lightly toasted malts, with an odd lip gloss finish. The body is medium and the carbonation is somewhat high. Finding a good cherry stout seems to be a tough task...I thought if anyone could do it Bell's could, but unfortunately this beer just is not very good.

alcstradamus, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from Notes, January 2010

Pours black, dark black, with a nice little 2 cm brown head. The bubbles are a little loose, and dissipate kind of quickly. No real lacing to speak of. Looks right around average. The aroma is immediately filled with cherries. A bit of sweetness, like overripe ones, and a bit of tartness, like the slightly yellow and orange ones. Nice cherry aroma, but still enough of the coffee, chocolate smells to let you know that it's a stout under there. Overall, a good smell, it does what it says here. The flavor is interesting, tart, juicy, and fruity, backed up with coffee, with a taste of dark chocolate. But the dark cherry flavor dominates overall. It finishes a bit dry, I wish there was more chocolate sweetness to accent the cherry flavor, as opposed to sort of bitter astringent coffee, but it's a great blend of stout flavors and cherry flavors. The body, is medium, maybe a little heavier than that, but still lighter than I expected, maybe because of the cherries. A decent chewiness though. The carbonation is very low - I would've liked a little more, though I can see how it would be easy to have too much in a beer like this. It's a little high on the ABV scale, woudln't want more than one, though I did enjoy the one I had. I could see this being much better - primarily with a slightly more sweet stout, but it was a pretty good beer.

taylorhamrick, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Riccymon
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bell's web site tells me this was bottled in November of 2007-- must have been sitting on the shelf for a while, as I bought it in August 2009. Pours from the bottle an inky black, darker than I'd expected. Just a smattering of brown heads fizzes and fades as fast as a can of Coke. Smell isn't spot-on for cherry, but it smells like a fruit juice blend of blueberry, cherry, and raspberry. Some chocolate malt in the nose as well, but not quite as much as I'd like in something labeled a stout.

Tastes of sour cherries and peach juice accompanied by a wood and chocolate note that sort of reminded me of some red wines. Mouthfeel is delicate and silky in texture, but its sour nonetheless. A touch of alcohol rounds out smell, taste, and mouthfeel, probably most noticeably at the end of each sip. Cherry Stout is interesting, and I'm glad I grabbed a bottle, but I'm equally glad I didn't buy a six-pack.

Riccymon, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of boudreaux
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Naked Pig Back Forty pint glass. No batch number.
Pours a creamy, dense, fat-two-finger thick, nicely browned head. The beer is almost perfectly black, and when held to the light, reveals an opaque, dark chocolate black / brown color. 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, and reminds me of a fresh-opened box of cherry cordials. 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). I didn't expect cherry-flavored coffee flavor to work, but Bell's figured it out.

boudreaux, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Beer was refridgerated. Drank at around 40 degrees.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black. Head was weak even with a somewhat agressive pour. Maybe 1/2 a finger of light brown head. Actually ended up leaving some lacing.

No surprises in the aroma for me. Roasted Chocolate malts and some light cherry notes pushing through.

Tastes like it smells. Chocolate malts with a hint of cherry. I feel it could go just a little stronger on the cherry flavor.

Overall I found this brew enjoyable and wouldn't hesitate to purchase it again.

pwoody11, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in my Black Booty BIF. This was an interesting beer from Bells.

The appearance poured a dark black with a nice brown head. It was a crisp head that poured one finger and quickly turned into a haze over the top. No lacing.

The smell is very faint, but what is there is chocolate malts with roasted grain. There is some earth and a sweet cherry.

The taste is unusual and unlike any stout I have had of late. It has a very strong cherry flavor that is incredibly tart and sweet. I am actually just now noticing a red tint to the foam left on top of this brew. It has a background, but it is so shadowed that I cannot tell what exactly is going on. Cheery bomb.

The mouthfeel is tart and dry, with some sweet notes. Nicely carbonated and good finish. Its such an interesting beer that it is actually starting to grow on me more and more.
J

Jmoore50, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of jampics2
2.55/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard.

Black with no head and ruby red edges.

Smells of roasted malt and cherry. Not appealing, smells like subdued notes of cough syrup.

Ewww. This is just not good. Dark roasted malt. Sweet and sour cherry. Booze. Just a mess, really. I'm surprised this beer is still made by Bells - this really sucks.

Mouthfeel was ok. Nice carb and crisp feel.

Drinkability was bad - this tastes horrible and I do not want to take another sip.

Worst Bells Beer ever, including that smoked anniversary beer my 21 year old palatte wasn't quite ready for years ago...

:(

jampics2, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a thin dark tan colored head which gaves way to some lacing. The smell is of roasted malts, coffee malts and cherries. The tasted is of deep roasted malts and caramel malts. The first couple sips were of tart cherry with the rest tasting more like a sweet cherry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and thick. The drinkability is good, it is smooth and has good flavor it could get a little old though the cherry could get a little bit much after a while.

goblue3509, Feb 22, 2010
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80 out of 100 based on 2,024 ratings.