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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: 1,918
Reviews: 930
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 83
Gots: 110 | 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:
"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 veggiemafia


4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. into a pint glass, with some salad with balsamic vinegar/rosemary and apples, walnuts and blue cheese, went really well.

Really thick and oily looking. Small tan head with a hint of red to it.

Smell is really really roasty with the cherry spine in the back. Really nice blending of the coffee/bittersweet chocolate/tart ass cherry smells.

Taste is more of the same with the cherry tartness sitting on the back of your tongue and almost making you pucker, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick and heavy, kind of syrupy, I guess from the cherries, but still pretty nice.

I could stand to have a few of these, it's unique, but still really solid.

Great fruit beer without tasting like a usual fruity sweetness overload.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 01:16:13 | More by veggiemafia
Photo of warriorsoul


3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stonecrusher for this one of many...poured as advised by the master.
Black in color with a full finger of dark tan head that disappears almost instantly.
Nothing screaming out in the nose, but a inviting chocolate covered cherry aroma is there beckoning me for a closer inspection.
Taste is very unique and most pleasant...an extreme cherry profile, but so well balanced into the characteristics of a stout. Dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and the slightest hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is quite thick and the carbonation is excellent for this one...finishes clean and goes down too easy. The alcohol is nowhere to be found which could be quite dangerous.
I may not drink this one all evening, but it is one I'd love to end most evenings with...another solid offering from Bells.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 01:55:27 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of GreenWBush


3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Traditional Kalamazoo light-consuming black. No head to speak of, and I wonder if there's some carbonation/age issues with this particular example only in that there's a weird satanic yeast beast that plops out of the bottle.

Nose is coffee grounds, burnt leather, rubber, anise, while the cherry only registers as a drop in a roasty bucket. Cherry pie-filling dropped into a cappucino. Everyone else in the room said 'urine' too, and even if I disagree with the sentiment consensus matters.

I'm amazed that stout and cherry flavors can co-exist, let alone actually enhance one another. The tartness of cherry essence is felt mostly at the back end of the slurp, that comes off stronger on the palate proper than in the flavor. Interestingly odd and captivating all at once, but nothing that I instantly crave.

Sharp carbonation with a light body that doesn't serve the multitudes of flavors whirling around. Has the biting mouthfeel of coffee grounds, which isn't particularly pleasant. The cherry thing going on in the mouth, however, is luscious and amazing.

The tart cherries linger on the lips long after the bitter roast subsides, ending this odd adventure of a beer like a fantastic end sequence on a decent film.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 16:08:52 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This brew pours an opaque black color with no head to speak of. The aroma is of roasted malt with cherries in the back gorund. The taste has a lot more cherry in it than the aroma suggests. There is a base of roasted malt, but I would like this brew more if the malt showed through more clearly. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation, and an overall smoothness. This brew is pretty good, but Bell's make so many great beers that I would choose before this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 17:43:25 | More by KarlHungus
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given the mixed bag of reviews, I was not sure what to expect with this beer. Expect this...a pitch black pour with ruby highlights and a 2 finger high head of pink stained khaki froth that leaves snail trails of lace as it slides down my pint glass.

Aroma is interesting, toasty dark and chocolate malt notes, acidic day-old coffee, bittersweet baking chocolate, and sweet/tart cherries. Very dessert like, chocolate-cherry cheesecake?

Flavor begins with thick, darkly roasted malt, stale chocolate, strong coffee, pumpernickle bread, and a sweet and lightly acidic cherry flavor that reminds me of a Harry & David chocolate covered dried cherry. My fiancee thinks it tastes like cherry Robitussin. As it warms, I begin to agree w/ her.

Body is just medium, and could use some more beef. Soft carbonation lends to a smooth, creamy texture that finishes with an undesirable chalky dryness. I didn't realize it was 8 % till' I did this review. ABV well concealed.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 23:46:00 | More by AlexJ
Photo of Ricochet


2.4/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pitch black pour with no head, just the faintest light getting through, and I think there is a slight redness from the cherries, but is probably my imagination. Smelled like an imperial, no detection of the cherry, mostly toasted malt and alcohol. Mouth was average for stouts I've tried, that's all. Washed like other beers.

Taste is where this beer takes a deep downward swing. I have liked raspberry porters, and other fruity beers, but when a beer has a tart fruit like Cherry or Cranberry, the tartness of the fruit overpowers the beer, no matter how good the beer is, and that is the case here. Almost imperial for strong alcohol, nice malt finish, slight chocolate flavor, but the cherry seems weak and makes me think of SA's Cranberry Lambic, only this can be tolerated.

An out of place effort for a stout. Could be better with tweaking. Not my cup of tea as is.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 03:18:36 | More by Ricochet
Photo of neonbrown82


2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours to an opaque black with a thin mocha head that almost seems to have a cherry hint to it. The head dies down within seconds, however, leaving only a small ring as a reminder.

The smell is not particularly mind-blowing. A bit of chocolate malt and cherry, a bit of roast. The aromas aren't exactly strong for what I was expecting out of a cherry stout.

The taste is pretty much terrible. The label says this is brewed with cherry juice as opposed to actual cherries... it is noticable. Tastes like they used some cheap shit they bought in bulk at Sam's or something. Very tart with a horrible aftertaste as the rich roasted chocolate begins to join in.

This is obviously not a beer I would want to sit around and drink all night. Hell, I may not even finish this whole 12 oz. Consider this beer fodder for guests.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 06:48:25 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of bahumutx


3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a very small tan head.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate. Also hints of bitterness and cherries. What a great smell!!!

Taste: Roasted coffee flavor throughout. At first it is sweet and then moves onto a tartness with a slight cherry flavor. There is also a hint of chocolate. As the beer warms that tartness tones down and more cherry flavor comes through along with more roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium to Thick Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I could drink 1 or 2 of these in a sitting.

Another good beer from Bells. The tartness can be somewhat overpowering but was balanced well the sweetness and roasted coffee flavor. Keep up the good work bells.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 02:29:18 | More by bahumutx
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into IPA glass (small pint-style glass). Brown color with red tints. No head.

Smells stouty, can't pick up the cherries in the aroma. The cherries come through in the flavor though. Not too strong, just a hint of cherries. Mostly this tastes like a classic stout. A little light in body, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 02:04:56 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of nlmartin


3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a very nice black. The head was ruby cherry tinged off whiteness. There was very thick lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer smells like chocolate dipped cherries combined with coffee.

Taste: The beers taste was a major let down for me. The cherry taste was tart as expected but somehow not enough cherry taste was present. The coffee back ground tasted like old cheap coffee left to burn on the heater.

Mouthfeel: The beer was a bit on the light side for my taste. The carbonation was not enough for a beer this light.

Drinkability: This is an ok beer. It did not meet the sink but I will not be buying this one any time soon. Maybe if the beer is given time to cellar it will be ready to drink by this summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 14:09:49 | More by nlmartin
Photo of plaztikjezuz


4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The batch is very good this year.
pours a very deep dark ruby almost like a black muscot has a light lacy dark pink head.
the smell of alcohol, cherries, and chocolate lingers from the glass.
the flavor of tart cherries and chocolate with a light hop spice.
mouthfeel is slippery thick.
beer is very drinkable but i most enjoy on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 04:14:53 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of RedHaze


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 6690, bottled 12-06-04.

Pours an inky black that allows no light to penetrate even the edges, with a very small dark brown head that fades quickly to a thin ring with trace amounts of lacing.

Smell; there's a bit of a bitter hop presence at first, but then the cherries come through with some nice chocolate malts, with a hint of coffee.

Taste; the tart cherries really stand out on the initial sips. As it warmed up the chocolate malts and coffee flavors start to come out, along with a some hoppy bitterness. It's a little hard to get used to the tartness, especially in a stout, but it deifinitely gets better as it gets warmer. I only noticed the alcohol as a slight warming, not at all in the taste. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery for a stout, especially with the low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 01:31:40 | More by RedHaze
Photo of ypsifly


4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz batch# 7127 bottled on 11-14-05 and poured into a pint glass.

Black with a decent sized light brown head that shows some tenacity, but doesn't show much for lace.

The roasted malt aromas are dominate with the cherries and lactic notes in the back. There's a woody presence that reminds me of the Special Double Cream Stout and just enough hop aroma to add to the complexity.

Very full and creamy mouth. Amazing! A five in that category for sure.

This doesn't taste as roasted as it smells. It still has plenty of flavor from the dark malts, but the cherries balance the eqation....thus the virtual experience of chocolate dipped cherries. Not as contrasted as the real thing, but its there. Damn tasty.

The only factor that could hurt the drinkability is the abv, which is totally masked and can sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 06:24:55 | More by ypsifly
Photo of stewart124


3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy brown head that does not last long on top of this dark stout with ruby highlights. After 5 seconds the head is down to nothing. Smells of dark roasted malts and faint hints of sweetness. Bits of chocolate and coffee present.
Very smooth body and texture leaning towards creamy. Dark malts are a definite and coffee tastes are there. Warming with a slight sweetness in the finish. Reminds me of a piece of chocolate cake or chocolate covered cherries. A bit sweet but still a pleasing beer. Maybe better after it has warmed a bit. Not the most drinkable beer but still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 02:44:49 | More by stewart124
Photo of benito


2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, this pours an impenetrable black with a sizable tan head that holds on strong. Later, with less beer in the glass, I noticed dark ruby hints along the liquid's edge that contrasted with the dark cocoa shades of its center: as though chocolate-covered cherry were liquifiable.

The bouquet is a powerful cherry, with its tart overtures in full throttle. And, that more or less sums up my experience with the actual drinking of this beer as well. The taste is a strong cherry, more like tart juice than anything else. I struggled to find any 'stout' like qualities and was disappointed that there was virtually no bitter balance to dry out the cherry flavor. Rather medium bodied, this brew is drinkable and has a nice feel to it. Were the flavor profile more complex, I think it would be easy to have two or three of these.

Whoever first reviewed this on BA was spot on in categorizing this as a 'fruit beer' rather than a stout. Not bad overall, but in general I'll stick to Bell's other, great beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 17:28:08 | More by benito
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i hereby dub this beer, "Three Philosophizers"

this is a dark beer with a sincere redness to it.. is it a tinge to the foam, a hue, or my imagination? no real foam left soon and no lacing. aroma is laden with cherry syrup, reminiscent of lindeman's raw power. sweet chocolatey stout aroma exists minimally. nose lacks earthy, nutty qualities and combines nicely with the fruit.. black forest cake comes quickly to mind.

flavor, again, is dominated by the tart sour cherry character. this is ultimately a fruit beer, despite my expectations of a coffee dominated brew with estery notes. instead, cherry here is accented by dark sweet malts, cocoa, dirt, and mild hops.

nothing too complex and something that could probably be mixed at home with two other commercially available products. however, bell's thought to do it in one bottle, and they get points for that. im sure this beer has its enemies, but this runs right up my alley. kudos.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 23:09:50 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a nearly black color topped with a thick layer of dark brown foam. The aroma is chocolate, roasted barley, and cherries. Roasted malt flavor with some tangy tartness. Cherry flavor comes through in the finish, but it's a creamy sour flavor that I don't really enjoy. Mouthfeel is too thin. Not very good drinkability. The stout flavor is pretty good, but I don't like the fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 01:42:43 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of blackie


3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

re-reviewed July 09, 2008

Batch # 8244 - November 30, 2007

a: pours a modest mocha head, the beer is nearly black in color

s: love how the tart cherries peek out from behind the roasted malt background, freshly dried cherries covered in a fine dark chocolate, german chocolate cake with a thick cherry sauce, cherry compote over a chocolate cheesecake, any other dark chocolate-cherry dessert you can think of, quite nice

m: low-medium carbonation, medium-full body

t: roasted chocolate over a tart dried cherry filling, finishes very roasty, not as intriguing as the aroma but still quite good

d: an enjoyable beer, especially camping in the winter

single bottle from Team Beverage Raleigh

old review:

appearance: fizzy, dark brown head dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is very dark in color with only a little hint of reddish brown coming through the edges. Batch # 6587

smell: An obvious, but not so much as to be too overdone, cherry smell is present. Maybe some chocolate and dark fruity notes. Slight alcohol twang and a little roasted coffee. Hop aroma is low or masked. I am picking up some not too pleasant smells in this one, including some of the vinegeriness I usually associate with oxidized red wine.

mouthfeel: pretty high in carbonation, body is a little below medium

taste: Strange. Chocolate, dark malty flavors and cherries dominate. Immediately after swallowing I notice a bad astringency that only gets worse. It is quite detracting. Some coffelike flavors. Some hop bitterness. I can feel the 8% alcohol after a while.

My least favorite of the Bell's line


bottle dated 10.08.13 consumed 12.06.13 as number 3/6 in my Bells back-to-my-roots six-pack night...had a great experience with this tart, roasty goodness backpacking one winter night awhile back, and that always sticks in my mind, not quite sure where we were, but it remains a special thought - best upon warming as the cherries start to pull through better, the roast and tart cherry interplay is enjoyable - particularly on the nose, the char and fruit acids compete a bit on the tongue, pulling out some tarred flavors, overall an enjoyable sip

slight score change, previously 3.5, 4, 3.5, 3.5, 4

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 01:52:36 | More by blackie
Photo of UncleFlip


3/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice and dark (ruby around edges) with a very healthy head that's a mix of tighter and looser bubbles (one or two massive ones in there). Head disapates fairly quickly, leaving little lace behind.

The smell is thick and sweet, like an oatmeal cookie dough smell, mixed with a hearty dark crusty bread and cherries.. It's a buttery mollasses smell. Reminds me of some smells from the kitchen where I spent time as a child, but it's not one I would think of when I think of beer.

The cherry flavour (STRONG flavour of black cherry juice) is rather overbearing. Somewhere under there is some stout flavour, but it seems way too weak. A better balance of the flavours would be much better, IMO- and maybe smething more subtle than black cherry.

The tight carbonation dances on the tip of your tongue. At the same time, the liquid underneath is just a bit thinner and more watery than I expect in a stout.

I give this one low marks on drinkability because the cherry is WAY too overbearing, and would put me off after just one. I would also want more stout quality to keep my attention.

Great concept (I like fruit and stout), but this one misses the mark.

Be well

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 05:38:04 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of dirtylou


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: quite a pour. very dark with dark brown/ruby had that fades after a minute or two. quite intriguing

smell: sweet michigan cherries are potent, with a dark roast scent in the background

taste: sweet cherries, medium coffee roast, which at first seem to mix kind of strangely. it takes the taste buds a minute to get used the complexity.

mouthfeel: very sweet and rich

drinkability: alcohol was definately masked by the bold flavors, probably dont need more than 1 or 2 at a time though

this is certainly worth trying, as is any stout that Bell's unleashes on the market. I dont know what I would do with a 6 pack of these though, glad i just got a single.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 23:44:52 | More by dirtylou
Photo of BEERchitect


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
Photo of Golden2wenty1


3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pour is a thing of beauty...pitch black with ruby highlights and a gorgeous coffee colored head. I love a dark headed beer. Smell, interestingly enough, is of cherry flavored yogurt. A little sour, with some hops and alcohol notes. Taste is quite unique - smoked wood, bittersweet cherry juice, with alcoholic vapors. It's pretty sweet and a little syrupy, but I don't mind, I like a thick beer. Many might think it's a little cloying, but I enjoyed this fruit-themed stout from Bell's, a brewery yet to disappoint me. Have some balls and give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 00:01:11 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of DrJay


3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark, black, with faint brownish red highlights. Meager ring of head, chocolatey brown with a slight reddish quality. Strong roasted aroma, chocolatey malt, light alcohol, and cherries, smells almost like black forest cake. But there's also a bit of acrid burnt character that's less pleasant. Slightly acidic all the way through with some fruity sweetness. Malty base with lighter roasted and chocolate than in the aroma. Finishes dry from malt and fruit, with lingering cherry and very mild alcohol. Low carbonation, medium body. Fairly tasty, but more maltiness with less astringency would help balance this one out quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 00:13:28 | More by DrJay
Photo of mynie


4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, not quite opaque but close. Incredibly large head that fizzes out quickly.

Smells of a deep coffee stout along with a cherry wheat. Strange, is all I can say. Nice.

Sour tasting. Big cherry, like candy gum, rushes of coffee and roasted malt in the middle. Nothing intense, just a lot of niceness that happens to run togehter well. Faded grain aftertaste. Nice.

This is a nice beer. Easy drinking and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 03:06:16 | More by mynie
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3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn near black. Not black though. No such colour exists according to the intellectuals. Close. A micro head caps the apex for just a blink. It is ruby to tan and rings the rim after the half hearted display is over. Sparse croppings of carbonation bubbles appear in isolated regions of the inner circle. Lace mostly slimes back into the ring apart from a few random splotches.

The nose throws major sweet cherry tones that seem to mute the stout tones. Some cream comes through, but chocolate and coffee standards are seemingly quelled. Not completely eclipsed, but kept in check like a battered wife. Actually, if I had blindly sniffed this brew, I may have ventured a guess that the fruit was something other than cherry. The stout scents distort the cherry. Okay, the two aromas produce some weird effects. I feel as though I am contradicting myself here. I say it smells like cherry and that it does not reek of stout and then I say it smells like neither or maybe it does. (Taste) Drink the damn thing and try to understand where I am coming from. This sucker flips the script. I need my meds. So do I. Shut up. No, you shut up! The body is thin for a stout...or so it seems because of the sweet cherry that I think might be in here. But it isn't a stout. Yes it is! There is no cherry. Bull roar! I cannot drink this again, for I will have an episode. No more. Too much. I am sticking to the traditionals. Who needs fruity brew anyhow. The flavour is the same as the smell. Confusing. Interchange them as far as this document is concerned. Cherry stouts are not to be trusted.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 14:27:21 | More by SupaCelt
Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.