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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 schoolcb


3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark garnet with a reddish hue I reckon is contributed by the cherry. Little head, but what is there persists as a reddish tinged lace of tan bubbles. Aroma of roasted malts competes with the sweet cherry smell. This beer is all about the cherry. It's the first thing you taste and the last thing you taste. The stout flavor is in there, and it's good but it has a hard time peaking out from behind the cherry. The cherry adds a cloyingly sweet aftertaste that actually leaves a puckering "after-feel" in my mouth. I heard good things about this particular beer and I have to say I'm a little dissappointed. Back off on the cherry and I think they'd have a winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 22:38:08 | More by schoolcb
Photo of Quaffer


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

Picked this up at Gomer's in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a very dark, reddish-brown color. It didn't let any light through when I held the glass up to the window. The slightly viscous fluid produced a dark brown head less than one finger in height. That disappeared quickly until only a thin ring of bubbles remained around the circumference of the glass. There was no lacing.

Smell: Fresh cherries, sweeter in character that what I usually detect in stouts, were strong right after the pour. This aroma mellowed out and became sharper as the beer settled. It was joined by deep roasted malts, a light charred aroma, and a subtle smokiness. A little bit of sweet vanilla and spice was in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, sometimes almost slipping into the full-bodied catagory. It had an oily and somewhat coating quality to it. Overall smooth with a light carbonation developing in the throat.

Taste: Damn, I hope you like cherries. A strong, tart cherry flavor dominated the flavor and lingered for longer than it needed to. There was some heavily roasted malt in the background, as well as some alcohol on the finish. But that was it. The cherries were dark and sour, making the mouth water on almost every drink.

There is nothing subtle about the cherry flavor in this beer. Not like I was expecting. I was hoping for a better blend of the cherry flavor and the stout characteristics. Somethiing rounder and fuller would have been nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 22:19:51 | More by Quaffer
Photo of whynot44


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

Very dark opaque, almost black with just a touch of red at the edges and a creamy chocolate colored head that dissipates quickly to only a trace of lace.

The aroma is interesting with dark roast malt predominant, hints of chocolate and cherries are also present.

The taste is slightly vinous due to the cherry flavor. It is a little like eating a black forest torte with coffee. The cherry flavor is always present but is not overwhelming and blends well with the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Finishes slightly sour but creamy with a lingering choclate cherry flavor.

Full bodied, almost like an oatmeal stout, the alcohol warmth is nice at the end. This is definitely not a summer cooler or session beer but could make an excellent desert or after dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 05:00:31 | More by whynot44
Photo of amatuerbeerguy


3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown head, low retention, medium carbonation. Dark color body, a nice aroma of malt, chocolate, and cherry tingle the senses. Some what harsh translation between the chocolate and the cherry flavors. Semi sweet chocolate gets overwhelmed by the highly sweet cherry. Moderate mouthfeel, lending itself to a drinkable fruity stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 05:06:59 | More by amatuerbeerguy
Photo of UnionMade


3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mikeys01 for the bottle!
Upon first pouring, I thought the beer was flat. Not a trace of head. A thin rise of bubbles sluggishly forms a weak collar, but that's about as much head as this beer forms. Inky black, completely opaque.
The aroma initially smells a little winey and oxodized. Sniffing further, it's really just a mellow black cherry undertone to the roastiness. Not much else is present.
The flavor presents itself nicely. So far this was looking pretty lackluster, but the flavor is good. Solid roasty goodness up front, chocolatey. Very fruity, driven forward by a luscious black cherry flavor. Hints of plum and red grape. Some sourness into the finish, framboise-esque, offering balance to the sweetness. A bit of a voinous, cardboardy oxodization in the end, finishing with chocolate covered sweetness. Syrupy heavy body, with soft carbonation sluggishly pulling it along.
Kind of a stout/framboise hybrid. Interesting and tasty. The closest comparison I can think of is Magic Hat's Feast Of Fools or one of those fancy chocolates with the cherry inside. I think my bottle may have been a bit old, I'd like to try this again when I know it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 02:09:48 | More by UnionMade
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3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck bottle - no freshness date.

Nice looker - midnight brown/black, no highlights. Khaki head that stuck around a while.

Scent was intriquing - Chocolate covered cherries, although the cherry scent was very faint. Dark roasted malts prevalent.

Taste was an even mix of a nice raosted malt backdrop with tartness from the cherry juice mingled in between. The roastedness of the malts are very nice.

Mouthfeel was good. Carbonation just the right level. Body is full with a nice dry finish. The tartness from the cherries made the edges of my tongue curl. Never had that happen while drinking a full-bodied stout.

Drinkability: One and done.

Overall the stout qualities are very good; full-bodied & roasty - rich & creamy. Add tart Michigan cherry juice and that's where you lose me. Hey, you goota give 'em credit for doing something different. I wonder if this stout will grow on me (?).

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 23:11:23 | More by malty
Photo of BeerFink


4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours opaque black with a thin tan head which doesn't stick around long. Very interesting aroma. Thick coffee and roasted grain, with some chocolate. The sweet cherries are also present in the nose. Taste full of roated flavor and chocolate, with plenty of cherries as well. Very much like eating chocolate cherry cake. Strange experience indeed! Although the cherry flavor is always present, it does not overpower the classic stout taste. Finish is sweet cherries mixed with bittersweet chocolate and some fruit acid. Chewy, almost oily mouthfeel - enjoyable, but not highly quaffable. A vinous character is derived from the fruit, especially noted in the acidic finish and the warming alchol that is perceived rather than tasted. A surprigingly good fruit stout, I had no idea what to expect. Definitely not a brew to start the evening with, or a session beer. Although it was good, it was like dessert, meaning the limit is one (maybe two) a night.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 03:00:13 | More by BeerFink
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Opaque, dark brown with cherry highlights. Thick, creamy, brown head. Looks great. Smells of musty, sour cherries with a mild chocolate backbone. The sour aroma overwhelms the nostrils. Taste is an overpowering dose of sour cherries. Some sweetened dark chocolate in the finish; just barely bitter. Definitely lacking in the expected flavors of a stout to balance out the sour cherry flavors. Not bad but not that great either, 'specially from the makers of Two Hearted Ale and Expedition Stout. I expected better. Wouldn't buy it again–my time and taste buds are too precious.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 01:21:19 | More by oxmasterscream
Photo of OatherS


2.33/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured rather quickly from the bottle to the glass and no head. Poured very flately. The appearance is extremely dark, almost black. Highly dissapointed with this beer especially with the high hopes I had for it. I was expecting a nice stout taste accented with cherries and this could not have been farther from that. Very bland initial taste followed by a very tart aftertaste. Any cherry taste was non existant, save perhaps for the slightly medcinal aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 19:35:33 | More by OatherS
Photo of alexgash


4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky, dark brown body with a large, lacy, dark-cocoa-brown head with rosy-red accents. Very nice. The nose is intriguing and marvelous. I love it. Sweet and sour cherries cut through a dark, roasty, peaty malt. Big, unusual, and in your face too. Taste starts off with sourish, slightly-sweet cherries. They stay throughout, but are bolstered by a solid, roasty, chocolatey malt base. Some peat in there as well, along with notes of Bell's delicious yeast. Finish is long and like cherry-liquer drenched dark chocolate cake. Full-bodied, thick, with a nic, bottle-conditioned feel. A great dessert beer, although not for everyday quaffing.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 23:27:52 | More by alexgash
Photo of jmc44


3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark black with a significant tan head. Smells of cherry with a hint of coffee. The taste of sour cherries overwhelms all other flavors of the beer; only savoring it hints at any maltiness. While a tasty brew, I would not be drawn to it next time I am looking for a stout, as all the flavors of a true stout are not present. Would be excellent if ordered in lieu of, say, cherry pie at the end of a meal.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 02:52:29 | More by jmc44
Photo of Tballz420


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

This beer here is completly black, some sediment floating about, almost no light shines through the body. A darker brown head tops it off. Chocolaty scent with cherry as well. The taste is chocolate malts, some hop bitterness. Rushing behind this is a blast of cherry. Smooth creamy mouth. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 17:36:51 | More by Tballz420
Photo of TastyTaste


4.85/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a small gingerbread ring of head. Smell is very tart cherry with lots of coffee. A lot of cherry flavor that isn't at all like a maraschino or candy flavor. Taste is tart and sour, which takes the flavor in an interesting direction. Stout flavors follow the initial cherry tartness, and end the beer in a nice coffee and roasted malt flavor. Mouthfeel could be a little thicker, but not that bad. Excellent dessert beer, not sessionable, but someting to be savored, especially with the $13 a 6 pack price tage. A beer like none other, I am glad that this brewery takes a chance on something like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 18:17:14 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of pezoids


4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this a few months ago at the Eulogy Bar in Philadelphia. I was enjoying a birthday dinner with family. We were upstairs in the reserved "Coffin Room", which is painted completely black. The tables are coffins and you eat by candlelight. The Steelers were beating the Jets downstairs... Well, how fitting was this beer for that situation? Almost perfect I would say. Actually, I did not order this. My niece did, enticed no doubt by the waiters description of "cherries" and "chocolate". She didn't care for it and I gladly excepted it!

By flickering candlelight, this beer looked very dark and nearly black, with tinges of ruby around the edges. Topped with a soft creamy tan head. Beautiful aroma of chocolates and tangy tart cherries. dark roasted grains and caramel. The taste is very tangy and very rich. Goes down velvety smooth. Nice full roasty malt body with a tangy, lip-smacking finish. Not being a big fan of fruity stouts, I must say, this beer was pretty awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 07:16:03 | More by pezoids
Photo of foXXtail


2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

This beer looks great, feels great, and smells great. It tastes awful.

Pours a completely opaque deep red brown with a thin tad head. A beautiful, rich cherry smell is most noticeable in the nose, backed up by chocolate espresso. It’s a very inviting smell. However, it’s a trap.

The bottle says that the chocolate and cherry “dance” on the tongue. It felt more like an all-out brawl to me. Sour cherry and chocolate espresso fight each other for dominance. There is absolutely no harmony between the two flavors. Making matters worse, the sourness of the cherry leaves behind a slightly rubbery taste. I had to force this one down.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 18:32:48 | More by foXXtail
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2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours black no light getting thru, with a tan head that falls quick to ring of bubbles.
Aroma is strong cherries more sour then sweet some roasted flavors underneath the cherry chocolate mostly . Almost like chocolate covered cherries except for the sour part.
Taste wow it is sour cherries dominating everything. Wanting to pick out other flavors but can't get over the asault of sour cherries on my tastebuds. Some light roasted flavors try to appear but just can't make it past those darn cherries.
Mouthfeel is around medium not very heavy for a stout.
Drinkability is great if you love sour cherries otherwise don't see having this again for any reason. Thanks to merlin48 for this sample, and strange experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 19:30:34 | More by mntlover
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been excited to try this..it's my first Bell's stout! Deep charcoal black pour with a nice two finger tan head with slight hints of red. No light is getting through this one....nice lacing as well. Sour maraschino cherry syrup drizzled with dark chocolate...intoxicating.

Tart, sour cherry melds with a nice roasted, toasty chocolate...a bit mouth puckering. The cherry takes the center stage and puts on a good show. Quite a nice marriage of fruit and stout. I like this one.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, however I actually think this could use a bit more body...a bit more thickness. Overall, it's just a damn tasty brew and one that I would be more than happy to have a few of. Kudos to Bell's and I look forward to trying more of their stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 04:23:18 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of soper2000


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

Kind of anxious to try this beer. An aggressive pour yielded a midnight black body with a quickly disapating 3 finger foam head. Cherries are definately present in the nose along with a nice roastiness. Taste was a little more tart than I was expecting. A whole lot of sour cherry flavor is capped off by a hint of chocolate and coffee. Very drinkable stout. The level of alcohol is nowhere noticable. Very good dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 17:33:32 | More by soper2000
Photo of kmpitz2


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

This beer pours a nice black color with a small head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is chocolate and cherries. The flavor is huge sour cherries, moving to a small blast of chocolate, finishing with another blast of sour cherry. The feel is moderate to thick. Drinkability suffers from the huge sour cherry flavor that gets in the way of the stout flavors. I would like to see more chocolate and coffee coming through.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 04:34:55 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

This is an oily dark brown bier, like North Sea crude. No head or lace to speak of, though, simply a very tiny bit of bubbles at the perimeter. Aroma has lots of roasty, chocolate character, and the strong presence of cherry. Also even seems to have a hint of cinnamon here. Body was medium, but it was a disappointing medium. Had expected something fuller and/or chewier. It was still smooth on the tongue, though. Oddly, the flavor did not mimic the aroma. I found the it much more tart, whereas the aroma suggested sweetness. Plenty of roasty notes, along with the cherry flavor, in a sourish manner. Finish was dry, with some floral hoppiness evident. No feel at all that this is an 8% offering. Still a decent bier.

overall: 3.85
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 20:08:40 | More by Bierman9
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4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a bottle (Thanks again Zac!) this pored a deep brown to black with ruby highlights. No head or lace. The aroma has roast malt and also carries some cherry hints. The cherry masks chocolate aromas. This is true of the taste. More roast malt subtle here, along with a cherry tartness and a mild hop finish. Caramel from the malt accents the sweetness of the cherry. Great silky mouth feel. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 00:12:05 | More by carln26
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North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured black with hardly any head whatsoever. The slight bit of head it had was persistent.

The aroma was very fruity with a strong sour cherry presence. Behind that was some chocolate and roastiness.

The flavor was oh my god sour cherry with chocolate and a strong roastiness. The flavor was extremely fruity with cherry and extremely sour.

The finish was dry with a lsting sour cherry taste that you could not scrape off your tongue with a belt sander. The body was medium full.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 21:23:49 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of skybluewater


3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color, with nary a hint of cherry. Smells like fresh squeezed cherry juice (if there is such a thing). Taste isn't all that great. The cherry flavor's way too tart for me, and there's not enough of the stout backing to it.

Overall, this is not a great brew. I wouldn't buy again, and I'm glad I only had this one (rather expensive, at $2.50) bottle, instead of three more kicking around my cellar that I don't care to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 04:53:46 | More by skybluewater
Photo of mentor


3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz chilled bottle hard-poured, but preserving the sediment in the bottle, December 2004. Pours thick and black with only a tiny dark brown head. Absolutely pitch black...no light penetrates. Smells more of coffee and scorched caramel than cherries, but cherry is present. Immediate taste is coffee and roast grains followed quickly by a sour and cherry flavor. My first taste was more of a marchiano cherry (the preserved cherries put into mixed drinks) rather than sweet eating cherry, but a sweeter smoother cherry was present in later tastes. I also get some watermelon. The end is rough roast grain and an unpleasant sour from the cherry. It's an interesting combination, not too unlike the funk in many belgians, but one I quickly tire of. Thick mouthfeel which should be important for a stout like this, but this actually delays the acidic sting of carbonation to mix with the cherry tart and roast grains to mix too many unpleasant characteristics at one. I'm glad I tried it, but won't likely try another.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 02:58:31 | More by mentor
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3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Winking Lizard. Despite remembering how tart this beer's bottled version is, I couldn't resist trying it on tap. Pours a dark brown (almost black) color with a compact light tan head and thin lacing. Cherry aroma is not as pronounced as I was expecting, despite the beer fortunately not being served too cold. Medium-bodied with strong tart cherry flavor up front. Light chocolate and coffee tones present, but barely. As with the bottled, I would enjoy this more if it were balanced better. The finish is fruity and smooth. I am glad I got to try the draught version, but this won't be high on my list to try again any time soon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2004 22:17:43 | More by Dogbrick
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