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

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Ratings: 2,286
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 98
Gots: 209 | FT: 11
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-09-2002

"A mysterious dance of tart Michigan cherries with the dark, roasted malts of a big and bold stout." and "Stout brewed with cherry juice."
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Ratings: 2,286 | Reviews: 985
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a surly pint glass.

A: This beer poured rather syrupy out of the bottle. There was some yeast/cherry juice or something in the bottom of the bottle. It looked like mud. I made sure to swirl this around and get it into my glass. The beer did not pour with any head or lacing what so ever. It has a nice black color with lots of dark red tones.

S: I smell chocolate malts, fruity syrup and some hops. Smelled similar to one of those chocolate covered cherries your grandpa eats at Christmas.

T: The beer has a definite stout flavor, I enjoyed the taste the burnt malts and the hops. The cherry flavor is obvious and a little too syrupy. I think Bell's could work a bit more balancing this beer out. That being said, I did like how the tartness/sourness of the cherry contributed to the bittersweet aftertaste; it was much like eating a 70% cocoa chocolate.

M: This beer is flat, probably why there was no head present in the pour. The cherry juice gives it an interesting feel in the mouth. It coats your tongue a bit.

D: I don't think this beer is overly drinkable. I'll stick with it for desert and thats about it.

Photo of Schmittymack
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A- Wonderfully dark brown/black. No reading the newspaper through this one!

S- Pick up sweetness and chocolate.

T- VERY tart. I'd had this before but don't remember it being quite this tart. Mouthfeel is a little thin but drinkability is quite good, especially if you like tart cherries. I'll be doing more of this for sure.

Photo of aepb1
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown/black, small brown head

S- Malts and LOTS of cherry acidity

T- Wow cherry! quite tart, that tartness is balanced by the hops and mellowed a bit by the malts in the end but still there

M- Full! smooth and good carbonation

D- The cherry taste is very intriguing and being a homer, it makes me miss the Michigan cherries...

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a black color with a thin brown head that leaves some lacing behind

S - IS of roasted malt that gives off chocolate scents and some cherries

T - Theres a lot of cherry from the start maybe even too much then the roasted malt tries to come in

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I'm enjoying this beer however the cherry flavor is pretty damn strong making it hard to really want to drink another one right away its still worth a try though

Photo of DoctorB2B
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A: I liked that even though this is a stout which retained it's normal characteristics (completely opaque, very dark) it also had some of the traits of the cherry juice. By that I mean that you can see a little bit of off color red in the head as you pour.

S: Smells like a chocolate covered cherry

T: I liked the idea of a cherry stout which is why I wanted to try it however it didn't really appeal to my taste to much. The tartness of the cherry really seemed to overpower the stout.

D: I would probably get this again in the winter to see if things were different sitting next to the fireplace however it's not one that I would stock up on.

Photo of speter
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ink-like black with a thin layer of tan foam that quickly fades to nothing. No lacing to speak of, but good legs.

S: Rich, roasted malts, cherries, plums, and prunes.

T: Very vinous. The tartness of the cherries and the dryness of the stout combine extremely well, producing a refreshing beer. Stouts are not known for being hoppy, but the sourness of the cherries provide a nice foil to the roasted malts. The tart cherry flavor really comes through in the immediate aftertaste.

M: Very rich and full-bodied.

D: This is a very enjoyable sipper.

Photo of zhooker
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to a large snifter. Extreeemely dark, with big mound of creamy, slightly red-hued foam. Fantastic retention, with little lacing; I think the head is a wee too heavy for that.

Not a lot of nose on this one. Deep roasted malt scent, typical of a stout. There is a little extra something in there, I'll call it a certain 'spiciness.' Probably imparted by the fruit factor.

While slightly undercover in the aroma, the cherries are big in the mouth. There is a slightly-sweet, slightly-sour tart flavor all throughout the mouth, front-to-back. Strangely -- at least in my mind -- it compliments the deep-roasted flavor of the stout very pleasantly. The tartness of the cherries sticks throughout the mouth, like eating half a bag of Sour Patch Kids. Well, not THAT tart. But close.

The resulting mouthfeel from the tartness is my only complaint here. Not overly sweet, like so many fruit beers. This is likely my last craft brew before I leave for the beer wasteland of South Korea for the summer, and it was a pleasure. Not sure I could handle more than a couple pints on any given night, but it goes big with its flavors. makes it work, and well.

Photo of arizcards
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from AJ's in late February for $2.99. No batch number.

Beer poured black as night with little to no head. Nose is roasted malts and a hint of cherry. Taste is primarily roasted malts with the sour cherry blended in fairly well. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth but there is a lack of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. The cherries are blended to where it is not overwhelming which is good but the sour stout concept combined with a lack of carbonation makes this not overly appealing. It was fun to try the concept though.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice

A - Poured a motor oil black with a super thin head that vanished immediately. Lacing was really slippery and didn't hang on the glass at all.

S - Roasted malts dominate the flavor, vanilla, nuts, a bit of caramel...can't really pick out the cherry at all. Smells pretty good though.

T - The cherries jump out in the flavor. This is one smooth stout. Very pleased with the flavor. The nose is evenly blended with the dominating cherry flavor. Very interesting indeed, but in a good way.

M - Very smooth and silky. Very rich. Coffee like after taste. Great feeling beer.

D - Very unique. Not necessarily one that I'd drink a lot of, but certainly a beer that I'd drink again. The combo of stout and cherries is an interesting match that might not be the best for everyone. I dug it quite a bit though.

Photo of inxy
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Blacker than black. No sign of browns or reds for me. No head really, ring of dark tan around the corner. Lacing is barely there suds that drip back down into the glass.

S- Nutty and malty. I'm not getting a lot of cherry in the nose.

T- I wasn't digging it at first. My expectations were cherry infused chocolate. However the aftertaste is quite refreshing and left me wanting another sip. Now I'm halfway through the glass and am definitely understanding this beer. Living in Michigan, this beer is a wonderful translation of a good batch of Traverse City Tart Cherries into a national medium. No sign of artificial flavoring, Cherry is clearly coming from an authentic source.

M- Carbonation to match the tartness. Maybe a bit too thin and watery overall.

D/Overall - I'm not typically one to only drink a certain style of beer in a certain season, but this is a great option for a summertime beer with "stout" essence. Not too heavy and quite crisp overall. Great for a backyard session on a not too hot day, or a summertime evening jam session on the front porch.

Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Jet black with cherry red tinge to it, slight head

Smell: Excellent mix of typical coffee aroma with fermented cherries

Taste: Great flavor. The coffee and cherry flavors really complement each other quite well. Almost no alcohol taste. Is not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich. A little more viscous than some stouts.

Drinkability: I thought my bottle was very drinkable. The flavors and aromas kept me wanting to come back for more.

I'd say this is a very good interpretation on a fruit flavored stout. It has good presentation and is a good drink. The only knock I have on this is the price. Six packs can be north of $16.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Photo of Spica66
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of warbird07
4.89/5  rDev +38.9%
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.

Photo of Irish212
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Pabs311
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Cascade99
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Xul
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Photo of semibaked
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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.

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