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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: 1,964
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 88
Gots: 120 | 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 ballenc
2.15/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served into a conical glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle with a crimped-on cap

Opaque,predominantly black hue with a hint of deep red/brown, very thin mocha brown head, no lace.

Light aromas - mostly roast and faint cherry notes

Limited cherry taste - not as much malt flavor as a typical stout - definite smokey finish.

Thin, weak mouthfeel - probably the thinnest stout I've ever had.

I was intrigued by this beer, but after the first bottle, it's a disappointment.

I am a big Bell's fan (love Two-Hearted), but the Cherry Stout is not what I was expecting or hoping for.

ballenc, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours that thick black with streaks of brown. All opaque, no light allowed to pass. Medium tan head seems to crawl up the sides of my glass. Leaving a little lacing here and there. The aroma is a very subdued roast with a tartness not characteristic of most stouts I've had. Must be the cherries. Hints of licorice from the puckery smelling cherries. The taste is a little tart for taste. Doesn't mix well with the light roast. I was hoping for a better balance between the malts, hops, and cherries. Instead all three clash to leave an odd cloying. Almost like vinegar in acidity. Viney even.

scruffwhor, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium foamy head with low retention and no lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee is quite dominant and interesting with some cherry notes also noticeable. Taste is a weird mix between roasted malt and cherry, which I don’t seem to agree with. I really don’t like the mix between the sweet cherries and roasted malt. Body is lighter then expected but still about average for the style.

Phyl21ca, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of BlackAngus
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Opaque black, thin rim of brown head.

S - Sweet-smelling, cherry is very slight. Mostly roasted barley.

T - Sour cherries are MUCH more noticable in the taste than in the aroma. Roasted barley. No noticable hops flavor.

M - Like used crankcase oil. But in a good way. No carbonation, really.

D - I like it, but I couldn't drink a lot of it.

BlackAngus, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of beveritt
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a tapered pint glass. The label presents a trees surrounded by some cherries and states "brewed from barley, malt, and cherry juice" and "a mysterious dance of tart Michigan cherries with the dark roasted malts of a big and bold stout."

Appearance: No appreciable head, just a ring of tan foam. The beer itself is completely opaque.

Smell: Slight cherry tartness with a little bit of roasted barley.

Taste: Tart cherries, becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. Just a hint of roasted barley. Little to no hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation, a little thin for a stout.

Drinkability: All in all, a good beer. However, it certainly does not taste like a full bodied stout with cherry flavors, but rather a cherry fruit beer that is on the dark side. I could see the tartness of the cherries getting old after awhile.

beveritt, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black with just a little red around the edges and a very small reddish brown head.
Smells like a chocolate covered cherry held a foot or so away from your nose. Not bad at all. Very dark smell with some alcohol as well.
Wow, the cherries jump out at you in a hurry. Almost no noticable carbonation. Thick and cloying, vinous and dark. Lingering aftertaste that sticks to you lips.
Not bad for a fruit brew, not my favorite style but well made.

kirok1999, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Almost black with about half an inch of head; the head does stick around for a while, though.

S- Mostly roasted malt and coffee, but there is a definite sweet cherry candy aroma in there too.

T- Fairly tart to begin with as the cherry juice starts things off. The cherry flavor quickly mixes with the roasted malt and an unsweetened dark chocolate flavor. Finishes with burnt malt and lingering cherry tartness. No hint of the 8.5% alcohol.

M- Medium to full bodied mouthfeel (on the medium side) with fairly low carbonation.

D- Excellent. There is no way I'd be able to tell that this is 8.5% alcohol. If it weren't for the high alcohol content I'd be tempted to say this stuff is sessionable.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. This was my second fruit stout and I liked it better than the first one I had (Weyerbacher's Raspberry Imperial, although it's been a while since I last had it). Good use of the cherry juice in this one, it complements the stout characteristics well. Recommended.

vtfan77, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle with a crimped-on cap

Opque,black/brownish hue,tall dark mocha head loudly fizzing down to a coating of foam.

Moderate aromas,mainly very roasty,smokey and hints of cherry.

The taste was very sour and tart,like unripened cherries,a bit acidtic drowning out a lot of the malt flavors. Sweet malts flavor start to come through mid-taste,with a smokey taste lingering in the finish.

A medium mouthfeel,very fizzy,a bit thin for a stout. I was excited to try this beer,now i'm dissapointed. Always liked Bell's beer,this is not one of my favorites.

jcdiflorio, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of pbr85
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a very small brown head that disappears pretty quickly.
S: Super malty. Strong cherry scent on the nose. Alcohol smells are pretty evident.
T: Woah there, cherries are everywhere. When I saw "cherry stout" i thought they meant "cherry" stout, but there is alot of cherry blended with some toasted barley flavor.
M: Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation level is good, and it doesn't take away from the flavor of the beer.
D: Time will tell if this beer gets on my nerves after the bottle is gone, but I don't think it will. An enjoyable beer.

pbr85, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of vwcraig
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep ruby almost black. Leaves thin ring of lacing around edge of glass.

This beer is not very aromatic. Light smell of unsweetened cherries and possibly some cocoa or chocolate, I guess almost like a cherry cordial but not as sweet.

Taste of mostly tart cherries Gives a puckering sensation in aftertaste. Slight roasted malt and caramel flavor and also kind of salty at points.

Heavy, oily mouthfeel but on par with most stouts.

Not my favorite to drink but is unique I guess with the fruit added. Maybe try again after some time.

vwcraig, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a very dark brown with good carbonation. The head is light tan about one fat finger and leaves good lace.

The smell is dominated by the Cherry, some dark roasted toasty notes.

The taste follows. Tart dry cherries drive the taste, a bit too much for me. The Cherry after taste is strong and lingers too long.

The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation with a full body that holds the cherry taste a bit too long.

The drinkability is not so good, There are other brews that I would rather drink. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of mjc410
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my La Moneuse glass raises a one finger dark tan head that quickly falls, but leaves some thick and somewhat sticky lacing. The body is a truly opaque black. The nose has a distinct sweet and sour cherry note, backed by a solid coffee roast scent. The taste is very roasted, with strong coffee flavors. There also seems to be a oak character, along with a funkiness I normally associate with lambics. This must be the tenth bottle I've had from my case, and for some reason it's finally hitting me as a truly great beer, with surprising complexity. The mouth is pretty heavy, enough to slow me down, but I like it. Carbonation is minimal. I could (and have) drink a lot of these...

mjc410, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of phisig137
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, letting very little light through, and a four finger head. Decent retention falls, leaving behind a ring around the glass, and minimal lacing.

Aroma is heavily roasty, and slightly chocolate-y. A bit of caramel is present, as well as biscuit malt. Smells like a great stout... but no cherries are anywhere to be found.

Flavor is chocolate up front, with toasted malt coming up next, followed by a mild wave of tart cherries. The bottle label listed "brewed from..." and doesn't list hops. Somehow I don't find that hard to believe. No hops seem to be present at all, and the cherries offer a nice tartness on the finish to counteract the malt sweetness. The cherry is very well integrated, and blends quite well with the beer. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and full. Drinkability is quite good.

Another winner from Bell's. It is a refreshing change of pace to drink a "fruit" beer, where the fruit plays harmony, instead of taking center stage. Very enjoyable, and highly recommended. I feel that this could be one of my new "hot weather stouts". I can't even describe how happy I am that Bell's is back in VA.

phisig137, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of xav33
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bells Cherry Stout
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in an English Pint
Packaged 10/06, picked 11/06

Poured black with an average light brown, with a rosy tint, frothy somewhat lasting head.

Smelt of strong dark chocolate, soured milk, coffee, decaying cherry picking gnomes in a compost heap .

Taste was upfront strong dark chocolate with sweet and sour lactose and cherry followed by a strong yet mellower continuation of the above on a long finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, softly carbonated, creamy, and strongly astringent.

The overall feel is like drinking a cherry picking warehouse's mop water. Bonus points though for the cool novelty and nice balance of bitter, sweet and sour.

xav33, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of nouseforotacon
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep, rich coffee brown/black bottom with minimal tan foam lacing. Average-looking stout with a rather weak and disappointing head.

Rich, vinous aroma with deep chocolate and coffee notes. Hints of vanilla. Dark, tart cherries round out the nose well. Iniviting.

Blast of tart, sweet cherry juice flavor followed by dark, bittersweet chocolate and rich espresso beans. Very vinous, complementing the cherry and the chocolate flavors nicely. Carbonated, tingly mouthfeel. Tart, dry finish, with the cherry juice lingering on the tongue. A bit chewy.

A bit strong and bold, but this one from Bell's delivers as advertised. Not the greatest mouthfeel, and drinkability is only slightly above average. That said, I'd readily try this one again if it was available.

nouseforotacon, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of bucko
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours jet black with a thin brown/red head that doesn't measure up to much and diminishes quickly to a tiny ring. The aroma is subtle with hints of roasty notes of burnt coffee and chocolate. The flavor comes on with a nice punch of tart cherry that finished dry with the punch of burnt espresso. Perhaps just a bit more "burnt" in flavor than I would have liked. Notes of cola and spice come through in the middle. A slow sip reveals that this is more complex than I had initially thought. The cherry flavor is intense and tart and more importantly, natural. Thank goodness it doesn't ring of an extract flavor. Mouthfeel is nice... I think the cherry seems to diminish perception of the heft of the beer. This beer is surprisingly quite drinkable, though the heavy heavy burnt notes might keep me from hitting this too hard. Definitely an interesting beer with a little room for improvement.

bucko, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of ndekke39
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from a bottle in batch 7674, packaged on October 12, 2006 - fresh!

A: Pours a fairly viscous and opaque black, with a thin reddish-brown head. Reminds me right away of dark Michigan cherries.

S: Smells definitely of the tart cherries (as described on the bottle), smoky and salty notes, vague spiced meat like pepperoni, sweet caramel. The warm fruitiness reminds me of a good red wine. Mostly, though, I'm catching nice, dark cherries.

T: Sweet and tart on the front of the tongue, lots of cherry in the middle, then ends with a bitter coffee flavor. Some dark chocolate, too, right at the end. Honestly, doesn't taste very "stouty" until the end. Otherwise the cherry (and thus the CHERRY stout) dominates.

M: Mouthfeel is just a tiny bit of fizz at the beginning. Decently thick for a stout, although I actually prefer them thicker.

D: Overall, a very interesting beer - can't say I've had a cherry stout before, and I think the combination works. While the tartness is just a little beyond easy sipping for me, I still consider this another strong offering from Bell's.

ndekke39, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S - 12 oz bottle, batch 7220. Packaged Jan. 16, 2006

A - Black. Head is a light chocolate brown that jumps to about 1 1/2 inches then drops to a sheath on the beer that is tucked high around the edges.

S - Malty, chocolate, tart cherry, at first I thought it kind of smelled like barbeque sauce. Malty and fruity, its nice.

T - Tart, really kind of reminded me of a flanders or gueze. Sour acidic flavor, cherry is there obviously but is really overpowered by the tartness, slightly sweet and a little smoky as well.

M - Coats the palate well and the tannin like dryness from the cherry cuts through, pretty well balanced.

D - A very easy drinking stout. I dont even know if I would classifly it as a stout, maybe a fusion beer.

rsyberg01, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of jaxon53
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aquired this beer from a trade (thanks BigErn). Served slightly below room temperature. Poured vigorously into a pint glass , where about one finger of tanish , white , frothy head formed and left some thick lace on the glass. Poured a deep brown that appeared black in the glass. Smelled faintly of chocolate , some cherries, and small amounts of coffee. Not too much going on in the nose. Tasted of cherries (seemed more present here than in the smell), sweet tart candy, and some somewhat hidden java notes ,with little carbonation and a very dry finish. The 8 percent alcohol content was completly hidden by the tart cherries .A little thin in the mouth, and a bit too sweet and tart in my opinion.

jaxon53, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of nvsblman
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin, coffee colored head. The aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts, and toast along with the cherries. Also noticing a bit of a leather aroma? The taste is just like chocolate covered cherries with a little tobacco flavor added in. Full mouthfeel with low carbonation. This is a pretty nice fruit stout.

nvsblman, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of thelagerheads
4.55/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are two distinct forces working here: sour and smoke. Miraculously they each perform their solo duties on the ends-- smoke first, sour sour cherry last-- and in the middle they converge for what can only be described as an orgasm of tart interspecies lust. I'm not sure if the cherry tang is so sour on its own or if it's because it follows the chocofee smoke and thus only seems twice its veracious nature. But it is SOUR. Overbearing sour and yet I really like it a lot. Mostly because it tastes like nothing else but also because it is a change-up from the normal stout goodness with a BIG surprise burped in.

thelagerheads, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Batch ID '7220' was packaged on January 16, 2006. Maybe it's starting to show its age?

A: Completely black with a small tan head. Very pour retention, leaves more of a leg than lace.

S: Chocolate, cherries, bready, slight roasted acidity.

T: Fairly tart, yet balanced by a pleasant, roasty bitterness. Chocolate covered cherries is the dominant flavour with nut bread & a slight grainyness in the background. Alcohol is hidden by the tart/bitter balance, but starts to come forward as it warms.

M: Moderate body is well attenuated for its strength; relatively dry with a slight acidity.

D: Approachable & digestible, but the strong flavour (and alcohol) inhibits the sessionability.

Derek, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Bierguy5
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7220. Pours quite black with no highlights at all. There seemed to be quite a bit of carbonation in this. Thick tan foamy head disappears very quickly. Roasty aroma, maybe a bit of chocolate, combines with sour cherries. The flavor seems just like the nose would lead to believe. A bit of roasty malt, maybe just a hint of chocolate, and sour cherries. At first, the sourness was too much, however as I went on, I began to like the combination. This is unlike anything I have had before. A bit thin, however very interesting. I think this is worth a try, as it is quite a unique beer.

Bierguy5, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of Onibubba
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Black with no head. Not much to look at. Smell is not very intense. Faint smell of the cherries, but that is all.

Taste. Yup. Tart cherries...Not much else. I don't get the roasted or coffee flavors I get from other stouts. This is very one diminsional.

Mouthfeel is not to my liking. This may be the worst feature of this beer to me. Not creamy. Alcohol is not at all appearant. Had no idea that this was an 8%. Well masked by the tartness of the cherry.

This was not a bad beer, just not as interesting as I had hoped. My expectations were shot down in every aspect of this beer, and that's too bad.

Onibubba, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of Nero
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: dark black with a moocha thin strip of head on it.

Smell: very coffee, expresso, slight fruitiness to it.

Taste: the coffee really come out here with hints of expresso and chocolate. The cherries weren't really noticable until the after taste which did tast like chocolate covered cherries.

Mouthfeel: thick and rich and creamy

Drinkability: I wouldn't drink too many of these. It was one of the first fruity stouts I have tried. Nice on a cold summer night but nothing I would drink to quench my thirst in the hot summer sun.

Nero, Jul 25, 2006
Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,964 ratings.