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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
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 Redrover


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

12 oz brown long neck. Nice classy label, no freshness dating.

I Poured this beer into an imperial pint glass. I noticed the deep dark red color as soon as I poured. In the glass the beer is dark brown with ruby highlights. Large head to start. Just a skimming of foam after a minute. Hardly any lacing.

The smell is off roasted malts, cherries (almost like cherry cough syrup), some alcohol and a bit of chocolate.

Very cherry on the taste. Not over powering or cloying, but very evident. The cherry taste is almost like a cherry pie. The stout part of this beer is very subservient to the fruit. In fact a little more roasted malt would be a nice compliment to the cherry and it would help balance this beer.

The mouthfeel is fine if a bit thin. I don’t think I can rate the drinkablity as very high as this would be a once in awhile beer for me. Still, I did enjoy this beer and I will add this to my stash of beer for non BAs to try.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 01:31:54 | More by Redrover
Photo of soulfly967


4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a very dark black with a nice tan head that fell quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The smell was of cherries, chocolate, and coffee. The taste was amazing. Sour cherries and chocolate with a touch of coffee. The mouthfeel was thick and smooth, as I have come to expect from Bell's. This is an excellent dessert beer, but I could not put down more than two at a time.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 14:45:40 | More by soulfly967
Photo of Brian700


3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark black with a dark tan head that sits about about a 1/4". It's a great looking beer. It smells of cherries and has a light chocolate aroma mixed in there. It has a chocolate flavor more so at first and then the cherry flavor follows shortly. Pretty good. The cherry is not overwhelming, it is a good amount. The mouthfeel is good. Medium. decent carbonation. I would definately recommend this beer. I didn't think I would like it. I've had a bad impression of cherry beers aside from lambics. Give it a whirl.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 06:32:16 | More by Brian700
Photo of bultrey

New York

4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Question: What smells like cherry cobbler and tastes like chocolate-covered cherries, all in a convenient liquid form?
You may have guessed -- it's Bell's Cherry Stout.
I was a bit skeptical about this puppy, because the only other fruit stout I've had was the Weyerbacher Raspberry Imperial, which was out of control.
But everything that that beer did wrong, this one does right. First off, let me say, you have to like sweet beers, and you have to like cherries to enjoy this beer. The nose smells just like fresh-baked cherry cobbler, complete with crumbly brown sugar topping and maybe a hint of spice or cinnamon.
The taste of this is phenomenal. The cherries jump out at you and hit you hard with a lip-smacking sweet-tart flavor. But instead of losing control, the roasted chocolate and coffee flavors quickly balance out the sweetness with a roasty bitterness. The finish is rather nice and dry for such an up-front sweet beer, and the mouthfeel is always thick and full without ever being syrupy. It honestly took me a few sips to really warm up to this, but after I did, I wanted another bottle. I need to find this and stock it in my cellar. Definitely a "dessert" beer, although I could see most folks not wanting more than one. I could make it a decent session stout on its own. Fantastic balance of fruit and beer. Lip-smackingly delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 21:00:42 | More by bultrey
Photo of mattcrill


3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours cola black with a sizable ruby head. However, the head retention stinks. Very disappointing.

Smell: A faint hint of dried fruit. I suspect more raisins than cherries. I'm not sure I smell cherries...am I supposed to or is it really there? Raisins for sure...beyond that, it's anybody's guess.

Taste: A tartness hits the tongue first. I can pick up hints of cherry juice. There is also a dryness present like eating a piece of dark chocolate. This is completed by a dry espresso-like finish. The finish is very dry and slightly astringent. Almost cabarnet-like in it's dryness and astringency.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, oily, and slick. Coats the palate with an alcohol finish.

Drinkability and overall: an interesting sipper. No way this is a session for me. Could have done a better job with marrying the fruit and the beer. Way under-carbonated. Pretty good. I'd recommend it if you are a stout lover looking for something different.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 02:38:24 | More by mattcrill
Photo of inebrius


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

Reminiscent of minimally sweetened quality chocolate truffles alongside fresh bursting blackberries under a dollop of whipped heavy cream. Fudge, dense and layered, cut with tart fruit and chicory, a love triangle fit for formal endings or late night campfire staring.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 07:03:08 | More by inebrius
Photo of silenius


3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with an espresso cream head about 1 finger thick. The head disappears quickly to leave a skim.

Smell is cherry and chocolate, coffee and molasses. The cherry becomes more pronounced when warmed.

Taste is chocolate and cherry with a nice coffee ending. Except when it tastes like robitussin.

Mouthfeel is substantial and fizzy.

One is enough the second would get cloying. I'll occasionally have one.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 02:26:29 | More by silenius
Photo of trumick


3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with no head and some lacing in spots around the glass.

Scent is of sweet cherries and dark sweet malts.

Taste follows the nose with sweet tart cherries upfront and sweet malts finishes with a bit of coffee and again with sweet tart cherries

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, bubbly and a bit coarse for a sweet stout.

Drinkability is ok. This is not really for me, but I will give them credit for making a decent fruity beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 04:06:52 | More by trumick
Photo of trancefishy


2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

beer is a nice dark black. great looking stout, with a decent head and nice lacing.
aroma is faint, a bit fruity, sort of resembles cherries, perhaps due to power of suggestion.
the taste is a tart cherry flavour, and some small small amount of charred malt. the cherry flavour seems sweet, but, in fact, it's almost bitter. the cherry taste is more of a funny fruit taste, kind of like drinking the pulp from a juicer.
mouthfeel is fine, decent carbonation, a bit bubbly but it's ok.
i don't know what happened with this one. i have had this the past couple years and always liked it to some degree, but this year's (winter 2004/2005) just came out a few days ago, and it is just not as i remember at all. i really don't even like it. perhaps it's a bad batch, or a bad year, i'm not sure. If i could rate this beer from memory, i would say that is used to be around a 3.85 or so.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 00:42:36 | More by trancefishy
Photo of Skidz


4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #6587

Pours out a deep crimson brown and sits completely black in the glass with a medium sized dark brown head, fading to a skim around the edges, but nice lacings.

Smells intensly of roasted grains and coffee, baked inside a loaf of whole wheat grain bread. The slightest hint of cherries seeps outside the threshhold of the roastiness that dominates this beer.

Tastes sweet up front with the well-known tang of fresh, tart cherries. Roastiness if finally subdued and mingles very well with the cherry flavor. Deep roasted grains, chocolate and dousings of black coffee make up fhe core of the flavors in a well-contolled malty environment. Little in terms of hop flavor. Finish contains the lingering flavors of cherries and a light dusting of roastiness with hardly any noticeable bitterness.

As smooth and as creamy as anyone could ever hope for. Light and lucious carbonation; a perfect match to the rich, full body.

Highly enjoyable stout. Cherry flavors are well in place and sticks to the stout atmosphere. I went in expecting a fair offering, but I am very impressed. A fine dessert in itself, but could easily be paried with any rich dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 23:13:29 | More by Skidz
Photo of Gaisgeil


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

Pours a midnight black with very little head to speak of, very thick with no notable carbonation apparent. Aroma is gorgeous, heavy scent of Michigan black cherries, roasted malt, bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is great to start, lack of carbonation immediatly apparent, almost feels flat; immediate flavors of sour cherries and the roasted malt and chocolate ending with a bit of bitterness but then it all falls apart as the cherry flavor outlasts all and reminds me of cough syrup or the like.

After drinking a six pack over a couple of days I liked this brew more and more, still not entirely thrilled with it, but it's definatly interesting, but is definatly something you've got to be in the mood for. Definatly worth a taste.

Tha' beer gods be happy lad, ye lave tah' see anathar dey, dranch, and be happy, while ye still can!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 17:30:32 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of walleye


3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown to black with a small tan head that didn’t last. Aroma chocolate covered cherries, malt, plums, syrupy,. Flavor sour cherries, red wine, alcohol, medicine citrus, vinegar. Undecided about this one, I thought this might be a door after dinner beer but the more I drank it the more I changed my mind, too syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 19:18:02 | More by walleye
Photo of Crosling


4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Aroma of sour cherries, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, cream and dry, roasted malts.

Not my idea of a good fruit beer. The cherries give the beer to much sweetness and tartness. Notes of chocolate, cherries, dark fruits, sourness and roasted malts. Not very good. Rereview, after several sample recently of this brew, I really like it. It's a gem.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 20:57:46 | More by Crosling
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.4/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - black pour, some blood red tones around the top edge of the beer against the glass. A brief eruption of bubbles forms but a momentary ring of dark mocha (almost purple) bubbles.

Aroma - chocolate covered cherries, some alcohol fullness, reminds me of Brach's chocolate mellowcremes.

Taste - bitter cherries, turning a shade sweeter around the swallow. A little smokiness and heavily roasted coffee beans. Finishes a little bitter, cherry cough syrup notes. More than likely destined to be a beer of polarity (you love it or you hate it), it doesn't really work for me. Comes off too medicinal.

Mouthfeel - more bubbly than smooth, but fairly well done for the style.

Drinkability - a peculiar blend of flavors that combine for an unfamiliar taste. I like my stouts dark, roasty and coffee-like, not sour like a kriek. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 15:52:05 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of BrewMaster


4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this 12 oz bottle in Dearborn, MI and brought it back to CA to share with a friend. The beer pours a dark brown with an amber tint and very little head. The smell is one of the best I've smelled on a beer. It is a cherry and cinnamon combination that is well balanced and clean. Not overpowering but not too faint. The flavor is tart and sweet with cherry, prune, raisin, and dark malt flavors. The ending flavor is the best part. It blends with the alcohol warmth and gives a warm nutmeg flavor. I didn't like this beer the first few sips, but it got much better as it warmed up and my palate got adjusted to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 20:00:23 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of lackenhauser


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

Poured a pitch black color with no carbonation really visible.If it wasnt for the "pftt" when I opened it Id think it was flat. Nice aroma-somewhat chocolatey with a trace of the cherries. The cherries dominate the flavor-very wine like and vinuous. A touch of roasted malt but the flavor is really dominated by the fruit. OK body-needs a tad more meat in it if you ask me. Dont know how many of these I could enjoy in one sitting. The idea is there but could use some refining for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 23:02:39 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of far333


3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown, nearly black color. Not much head despite a vigorous pour. A thin, low brown head appears momentarily only to run away very quickly. Aroma has a typical stout smell of rich malts, cocoa, and molasses, but also an understated cherry smell. Not strong at all. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery. Flavor is an interesting (odd?) mixture of things you'd expect from an imperial stout like intense and slightly bitter flavors, but the cherry tart and sweetness stomps all over the tongue and scares them away. Also has some tendencies toward currant and cranberry. Almost tastes like someone put cherry soda in my stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 05:05:09 | More by far333
Photo of meathookjones


2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My first Bells here finally having picked some up driving through Philly I was excited to finally try one of their brews. This poured out black with some red highlights and now head at all. The pour was not light either, just a few bubbles surfaced and no lace to had. Chocolate covered cherries are what I would say this smelled like. A fairly strong and simple nose to this. Cherry cough syrup anyone? This tastes like tart thick cherry juice that you might find in Robitussin. Way too tart and cherry like really taking away from any of the stout characteristics. Hmm there was a slight coffee after taste but even that isn’t enough to help this brew. Medium and slick was the body on this. I don’t think I will be trying this again anytime soon. Too bad I picked up 2 bottles, anyone want one?

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 19:04:23 | More by meathookjones
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black in color with a spotty surface head. No lacing developed, and the carbonation levels seemed low. The aroma was nice as roasted malts, cherries, and alcohol were easily detectable. The flavor was somewhat disappointing as the cherries, roasted malt, and coffee didn't seem to blend together. The cherry tones were tart and seemed to stand alone. The brew seemed slightly flat too.

The mouthfeel was smooth and slightly syrupy, and the tart cherry tones lasted long on the tongue after swallowing. One of these is enough in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 16:00:18 | More by Gavage
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle sent from BrooklyBoy...thanks Ed. The pour revealed a black liquid that shuns light passing through my porter glass. 1finger pinkish-mocha tight cap that fades to ring....mildly carbonated. Nice subtle aromas of musty cocoa and sour cherries. The start is large with mucho roasted malts then the sour cherry takes up where normally stout bitter hops would be...interesting effect the sourness (instead of bitterness) lends an effect that almost makes this drink seem salty. Big burnt toast malt body, thick..then a long finish where the sour cherry mingles with the toasted malts to give a salty, smokey, sour finish...a real roller coaster ride. If this is 8%AVB it’s not detectable in the taste with all the sharp flavors pounding the tongue...you feel it later as a mild warming....a very unique stout..hops virtually undetectable and supplanted by sour cherry and sharp smokey tastes. Very unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 21:29:07 | More by pootz
Photo of Lupe

New York

2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark, almost black, with ruby highlights. Thick coffee colored head left thin sheets of lace. Aroma of cherries, dark chocolate, and coffee. Starts of with a nice roasted flavor, coffee and chocolate. Then the cherries come in. Maybe I am beginning to realize I am not the biggest cherry fan. I like black cherries. I like chocolate cover cherries (not the liquid center ones). I do not like the cherry flavor in this stout. Without the cherry, this is a great stout. And you get a taste of what it would be without cherries as the beer first enters your mouth. Lighter in body then expected and smooth. Not terrible, but not for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 02:48:01 | More by Lupe
Photo of crookedhalo


4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a muddied deep brown color with a tan head. Roasty malts, sour cherry, and chocolatey aromas. A bit medicinal on the palate, being a meld of tastes ranging from perfumy, sour cherry flavors to dark and roasty flavors. I like the sourness from the Michigan cherries used. Decent carbonation, a little spritzy. I'd have it again, only one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 05:48:23 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of 99bottles


2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: An incredibly dark brown body with a deep tan 1/2 head that has poor retention. Halfway through the pint, only the slightest bubbles laced the surface of the beer on the glass.

Smell: A very respectable breath to this one. Rich roasted malts and ballsy bitterness sting the nose as if it were an imperial stout... wait. Sniff, sniff... this isn't hop bitterness... this is... fruit! Sweet/rancid cherries sustain bitterness becoming of this smell. Hmmm.

Taste: At once, becoming of this smell. Taste is a poor concoction of stout and fruit. This is NOT as others have suggested a Flanders Red/Oud Bruin meets Imperial Stout. This is a cherry brandy meets Guinness. Iccck, not a good tart, the sort of tart cherry flavor that ruins a nice Kalamazoo stout backing of black and roasted malts. These flavors, while great on their own do not meld harmoniously.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel, not too viscous. Fine for a 8% stout, in fact, right on. But, throw some cherries in and I want to taste the European soil. I want something worthwhile. I want someone to make fruit and stout taste good.

Drinkability: I waited 9 months before buying this. Lacks character and purpose. Just like Weyerbacher's Rasberry IS, I find myself preferring the straight up stout to the fruit flavored one. Not horrible, but it seems tough to mix the two flavors and get it right.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 06:13:23 | More by 99bottles
Photo of shapudding


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

Very dark, thick pour with no head to speak of. Scents of cherry and maybe slightly of coffee, but nice and not too overpowering. Nice sour cherry taste that fades to coffee. Little bit of a toffee flavoring that lingers. Nice stout body, nice smooth mouthfeel, not too thick and just the right amount of carbination. After a few more sips the coffee flavor seems to become more pronounced. Those who do not like the sour beers may be get a thrill, but being a fan of stouts, sours, and well, anything slightly different... I find this quite nice. Not a session beer by far, but a nice one to throw in the mix every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 00:51:13 | More by shapudding
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This BELL'S Cherry Stoudt is a dark, really dark pour, with zero light getting thru. Merely a suggestion of a head with a scant dark tan ring over the top, that doesn’t even cover the top. This beer doesn’t know the definition of head, rather just slips down the sides.

Easy dark roasted malts and hints of cherries in the nose.

No sudsy carbonation here, probably fom the 8.0 % ABV. Dark roasted coffee with more cherry flavor squeezing out than malts. A comfortably creamy, surprisingly silky body. The after taste is a mixed balance of dark chocolate roasted malts and of course cherries while remaining a one dimensional beer. Not a home run to me, but an interesting yet again, one dimensional brew.

Last swigs: These 8% ABVs tend to sit for a while since they rival wine awl-kee-hawl percentages. This is a mature “for-pros-only” Stout. Complex yet enjoyable mix of Stout & Cherry. This is slightly reminiscent of a beer drink called “Chocolate Covered Strawberry” that can be made with 1 to 1 parts LANCASTER Strawberry Wheat & GUINESS Stoudt. Finally, there was a little scrod left in the bottom of the glass.

Beer is good. Happy (mixed fruit) beering.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 05:28:48 | More by blitheringidiot
Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.