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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: 1,949
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 87
Gots: 117 | FT: 11
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 dirtylou


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

08-04-2005 16:00:24 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Golden2wenty1


3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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


3.1/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

07-20-2005 03:06:16 | More by mynie
Photo of SupaCelt


3.6/5  rDev +2%

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.

07-16-2005 14:27:21 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of schoolcb


3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -15%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

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


3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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

New York

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

04-29-2005 02:09:48 | More by UnionMade
Photo of malty


3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

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 (?).

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


4.1/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

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


2.33/5  rDev -34%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +26.1%

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.

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


3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

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


4.28/5  rDev +21.2%

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.

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


4.85/5  rDev +37.4%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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.

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


2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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.

02-25-2005 18:32:48 | More by foXXtail
Photo of mntlover


2.73/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +17%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +22.7%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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