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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: 2,132
Reviews: 948
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 94
Gots: 155 | FT: 13
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 genog
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stout color, dark brown black color with a slight creamy tan head that fades away on top of this one. Aroma is laced with the cherry scent, as well as some cocoa and a hint of a malt from a stout. The taste is bitter cherries followed by a creamy cocoa and dark malt flavors. Nothing like a heavy stout but a little subtle creaminess followed by the cherries, definitely a surprise for a "Fruit beer". The mouth feeling is reminiscent of a stout, and certainly not a fruit beer. A surprise for my drink the other night.

genog, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with ruby highlights and a touch of brown head that turns into a ring of skim immediately.

S - Roasted malt with a milky caramel/toffee and tart cherries.

T - Sour cherries with roasted malt and milk chocolate and a touch of burnt coffee.

M - On the thin side with little carbonation but it works nicely with the tart cherries and the dry finish.

D - ABV is totally hidden. A nice mix of tart cherries and roasty stout. A well done offering.

brewcrew76, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of bboven
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Stout to a T on appearance. Black body and light brown head that sticks, though no lacing to be found.

Smell is very roasty, chocolaty, a little coffee. No Cherry, though.

There's the cherry. The stout taste is there at the beginning, then the end is very very sour cherry. Different, but very good.

Feels a bit over carbonated and thin for the style. IMO it's force carbonated, and a bottle ferment would make for a much fuller, less bubbly mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable, especially for cherry lovers. It's surprisingly just a little drying, which helps. The sour cherry taste might turn some people off, though.

bboven, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with no lacing and a light brown/amber head. Nose is straightforward, although mild: cherries. Flavor's a little more interesting, although not too. Lots of cherries, along with a good hint of chocolate. Some light roasted malt, mocha flavor as well. Fairly strong sourness as well, although that could just come from the fruit. Overall, as with most good fruit beers, this one serves as a tasty diversion, but not one I'd be drinking too many of.

soupyman10, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of flowerysong
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with a very slight red tint. Minimal reddish-brown head quickly dissipates.

Smell: A hint of roasted malt at the beginning is quickly overwhelmed by sweet and tart cherry aromas.

Taste: Malt presents mainly as cocoa, with a bit of coffee flavour. Sweet-tart cherry overlays the rest, but the flavour doesn't feel integrated at all. Sweet with a sharply sour bite from the cherries. The finish is fairly pleasant, and sticks around for a while.

Mouthfeel: A bit light for a stout, but a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Persistently mediocre. Not bad, but not good either.

flowerysong, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was coming to Indiana for a vacation so I had my brother pick me up some good Midwest brews to enjoy upon my arrival. This was one of them.

A: Very dark black with hints of blood red shimmering thru as you swirl the glass. There is little to no head right from the pour. If you swirl the glass you can awake some tiny bubbles though, which will form a head just big enough to cover the top of the brew.

S: Very nice. Deep dark fresh ground coffee aroma with a definite smell of ripe cherries. There is a hint of chocolate as well that helps to gives it a unique chocolate covered cherry type aroma.

T: Very unique. Had I not seen any reviews before drinking this one I would have been very surprised. The cherry taste is of bitter cherries. Not what I expected but very nice nonetheless. As soon as this obsidian concoction hits the tongue you taste these tart cherries. This gives way to a nice chocolaty malt base which finishes with the taste of fresh brewed coffee.

M: Medium to thin in body actually. I would like it to be a little thicker. It does has a somewhat creamy quality though which helps to make up a bit for the thinness.

D: It's a pretty sour stout, which makes it a one-bottle brew for me. It would serve as a great dessert beer or breakfast brew, but is in no way suitable for sessioning.

Overall: Very unique beer by Bell's. I am a big fan of their brews and this one is like no other stout I have ever had. Bell's make very solid brews it seems for each and every beer style, but with this one it is as though they decided to push the limits. They went for something out of the ordinary and they succeeded.

If you want a great stout that is reminiscent of its class grab a Kalamazoo or an Expedition. If you want to go outside the boundaries and walk on the WILD SIDE, reach for the Cherry Stout. It's Unique, It's Different, It’s another great brew by Bell's.

tpd975, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I tried this beer on July 27, 2007 at the 'Beer Bistro' in Toronto on the waitress' suggestion (should I get this or Unibroue's Trois Pistoles).

The version I tried was only 7% ABV

It poured coca-cola black into a tulip glass with absoloutely no head. The aroma was that of coffee and cherries. The mouthfeel was crisp and full-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. The taste started off good with chocolate and cherries but by the end, it was so tart on the back of the tongue, it was all I could do to finish.

cyrenaica, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of bigman147
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black maybe slightly brownish. Dark tan head fades quickly with some slight amount of lacing around the edges.

Aroma: Smell of dark malts. Slightly sweet with a tart cherry aroma. Similar to most of Bell's stouts but maybe slightly less robust.

Taste: Tart cherry gives way to slightly sweet maltiness. A little thinner body than some of the other Bells. Slight hop bitter and toasted grain character. The cheery flavor is strong. Maybe too strong for some.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good and adds some character. Cherry tartness lends to a slight astringent drying mouthcoat. Sweetness helps balance tartness.

Drinkability: Beer is very drinkable. Not for everyday consumption.

bigman147, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to metallitone1 for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an opaque black with a dark tan one finger head that dies down to a thin lacing a while after pour and remains throughout. Stickiness is very spotty. Smell wasn't very "Cherry"-like. Big roasted malt on the nose. Maybe a tiny hint of cherries, but much much weaker than I had anticipated. Taste was pretty weak too. Starts with a mild hop tingle followed by a huge toasted nutty malt flavor with hints of espresso. Maybe a tiny bit of cherry tartness in the aftertaste, but hardly. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a bit too much carbonation for the style, leaves the tongue tingling well after tasting. Pretty disappointed in this one from Bell's, I expected more in the Cherry department from this beer. Bell's makes some amazing Stouts, but this definitely isn't one of them.

BeerTruth, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Beer Bistro's US fest. Pours a dark colour with a little pink lacing on glass. Appropriate and full-mouthed carbonation. More cherry cola than anything else, on the sweet side. Chocolate secondary. A novelty stout.I am sure that they have improved the recipe over time.

Sammy, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Truh
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had visions of Hieronymus Bosch with this one on 6/24/2007. 12 oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass, gift from frined Warriorsoul.

Medium jump of the fluffy stuff to start, maybe a 1/2-inch, somewhat crimson on its top, that subsides quickly and leaves nada on the lace front. Obsidian hue tells no tales, even when held up to a naked 60 watt, though an evil eye of blood red seems to radiate from its core. On the nose, lots of fruit about to go over, including prunes, golden raisins, and roasted cherry stems; some hints of Nestles chocolate bits and ginger too. Am surprised by the lightness on the tongue - seems to be more of a fruit beer than a stout - like it should have been called a stout cherry. The cherry essence really covers up a great deal of the stout qualities, almost to a fault. Some roastiness picks up in the back end, particularly as it warms. Plenty of drinkability on this one, though the cherry flavor might get to me after a few.

For a stout, I would have preferred a bit more body. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this, a style I rarely see.

Truh, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of Applesauce1
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked this up at the Party Source in Bellevue, KY.

Appearance: dark, dark brown, almost black with a small brown head on the pour
Smell: chocolate, some fruitiness
Taste: good, but nothing great; a little bit of sour cherry flavor; some slight chocolate flavor; this beer is missing some of the malt flavor a lot of stouts have and too much cherry flavor
Mouthfeel: medium bodied (this doesn't feel like an 8.5 alcohol beer)
Drinkability: decent, a little to fruity for my tastes

Applesauce1, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: This beer is a stout, dammit! The beer is the color of coffee, dark brown to black with an off-white head that was unimpressive on pour and did nothing to improve after that.

S: This beer is a stout, dammit! The nose is full of roasted grains and malts, with graham and bread and a complexity that rivals Expedition Stout. There is no hint of cherry in said nose.

T: This beer is a stout, dammit! The flavor is the first place that some cherry flavors emerge. Here, the cherry is tart and not a sweeter maraschino that I expected. That tartness is subtle but pervasive, blocking out the strong stout body that I expected after spending a great deal of time with the nose. Only as the stout warms in the mouth do the stronger grain and malt flavors emerge. They add a graham and bread quality that quickly dissapates behind the strength of the cherries.

M: This beer is a stout, dammit! The mouthfeel is too strong on the cherry. I think that the stout could have a kick-ass flavor without the cherries.

D: This beer is a stout, dammit! The big abv belies that, I'd drink another bottle from another batch just to see if the stout element comes through a little stronger.

akorsak, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stousnipas.

Pitch black, with little to no head.
Interesting aroma, sweetish cherries, some chocolatey and coffee malts.
Taste is a peculiar, mostly pleasant mix of sour cherries, sweet malts, coffee bitterness. Tart and acidic at times, the cherries are not overpowering as I feared. The taste sometimes clash a little ackwardly, hard to explain.
A bit too light on the palate, but still satisfying.
Peculiar, different, at times very good, but there is something a little off here that I cannot exactly pinpoint. Still worthwhile.

brdc, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really dark black with reddish brown suds leaving nice lacing.
Smell is malty coffee and chocolate. Don't detect the cherry yet.
Taste is where the sour cherry comes in. Pretty nice. The sour hits then the sugar and the malt come in then the bitter cocoa and the sour berry leaves a lasting impression.
Doesn't leave the mouth dry at all, in fact it leaves you watering because of the sourness.
Pretty nice offering from Bell's but not their best stout.

peabody, May 04, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - An opaque midnight shaded ale w/ deep tan hued head that left an ample amount of lacing.

S - Slightly chocolate milk-like aroma with nice roasty scents

M - Medium bodied, pleasing sweet feel w/ a dry finish. Decent carbonation is present that accents a malty fullness.

T - A good deal of darkly roasted flavor just shy of smoky is apparent right off the bat. I expected a taste of cherry, but more of a dry stout taste was dominant at the start. Sweetness possibly cherry residuals in the finish. A chalky powdery mineral quality hovers in the middle. Milky sweetness is noticed when tasted in larger gulps. Cherry notes come out of the darkness as the temperature of the stout gets slightly warmer. Luscious black cherry flavors are added as a sidecar to the ever present roasted qualities.

D - A great fruit accented stout, would go well with either chocolate or cherry desserts. With all the coffee-like roastiness would make a decent choice for a breakfast beer. I would definitely try it again.

Slatetank, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 4-18-07
Batch 7821
Bottled on 2-8-07

Pours pitch black, with absolutely no head. Zero lacing either.

Smell is some cherry, with little else.

Taste is a lot of real cherry flavor at first, followed by a little bit of malt smokiness, with a watery and kind of metallic finish. The alcohol is very well masked.

Mouthfeel is not so good, too thin and watery for a stout.

Drinkability suffers as the flavors are not that good.

Overall, an interesting combination and a good use of real cherry flavor, but I won't be buying it again.

BMoney575, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of orsulacp
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep dark brown with red highlights under 1/2" frothy tan head. The smell had hints of cherry, roasted malt, and espresso. The taste has a little chocolate then the sour cherry takes over with a hint of roasted malt. The sourness is a bit too much, almost like a sour ale, I wasn't expecting it in this beer. I would like a bit more of the malt. It has a medium light body with a fairly dry finish.

orsulacp, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a 1/2" brownish/red color head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich, chocolate malt scent along with a tart cherry aroma. It's almost coffee smelling with a cherry liquor added. The taste is average. It has a very bold cherry flavor that sticks out beyond the chocolate malts. It seems a little over the top, but I like the effort. The malts mix well with the cherries, but there needs to be a bit more malt. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking stout despite it's flaws. I homebrew a recipe much like this one.

WesWes, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful red body with a gorgeous red head.Cherry nose with a carmel smell also.I dont know about the taste,it has a cherry taste first then a dark roasted taste there after.The mouthful is slick and turns sweet after it warms.I dont really like this much,its interesting but nothing I could drink often.I do like fruity beers but this dont appeal to me much.

MmmIPA, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of Chaz
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Bell's tulip, chiled but not cold. Cocoa-brown in color and totally opaque when held up to direct sunlight. Topped by a one-fingered medium tan head (with hints of auburn/rust) and with good lacing evident; lacing and head stuck around quite a while. The nose is truly extraordinary, offering something for everyone. There's the expressive malt character (from the bready/yeasty to the toasty and roasted) with slight espresso notes, as well as the fruit aspect (a semi-lactic sour cherry tang) to consider here, and if anything the hops are subdued on the nose. Either way, the nose alone is worth the experience of ordering this one from the tap line up. There's a bright cherry tang on the first sip, but it is quickly subsumed by the interplay of rich malt. Complex . . . the herbaceous cherry notes return at the finish and spar with the toasty malt. The cherry really lingers here, in the way that hop bitterness typically lingers, and is very expressive in the aromatic element as well. In the past I've found this beer to 'open up' and become more flavorful after a year or more in the bottle, but not so here, this is drinking like a two year old (and well-kept) bottle! As it warms the creamy mouthfeel and medium-full body help to underscore the notes of bitter chocalate and espresso, which play out midway through the palate. Biscuity malt notes combine with light cocoa (bitter chocolate) notes, and give the body a pleasantly grainy texture, especialy as it warms. Carbonation is moderate throughout - this never feels downright 'heavy', even though it is a fairly big beer. For that matter the alcohol is never intrusive, and is gently warming. It should be noted that the ever-present cherry is of the fruity-dry quality rather than the fruity-sweet; this ain't no girly fruit beer! There's a light sweetness to the malt and a very agreeable bitterness, too. This is a marvelous rendition of a flavored stout, and with great balance being a big plus in the crafting of such a substantial brew. Outstanding.

Chaz, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of boxofepilepsy
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- bottle to pint glass. very dark burgundy doesn't seem totally stoutish. small head is redish brownish

S- smell is interesting too. cherries obvious along with alchol. chocolate is there too.

T- bitter cherries first but not overly fruity. chocolate is masked but compliments nicely. finishes very sweet.

M- a little carbonation. light for a stout, though.

D- alcohol is almost totally masked, which is a plus because of the content. cherries not overly tart but a little strong, making the beer a little too sweet for more than a couple in one sitting. good buy tho.

boxofepilepsy, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From batch # 7674

Pours almost reddish brown with a similar colored head. Aroma is very strong with tart cherries and some light chocolate & malt.

Mouthful is creamy with some light carbonation. Taste of malt & chocolate up front that is then nearly hidden by an overpowering finish of sour cherries. A very stark combination of a stout and some kind of fruit beer.

Even without much of a balance between the stout flavors & the sour cherry taste, I still really dug this. It would maybe work better with less of a sour taste but I still found it to be highly drinkable.

Kegatron, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of psinderson
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, typical stout color. Huge caramel head that lasts.

Smell: Not much here. Some caramel, a little cocoa, malty.

Taste: Very complex and yummy. Almost like chocolate-covered cherries, but not as sweet. Some citrusy hops inthe background. The cherry carries through to the end, but it is not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I expected. A little tangy in the mouth.

Drinkability: The extreme complexity of this beer unfortunately hinders the drinkability. One at a time is probably all that most could handle.

psinderson, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

According to the back, this is batch 7734. This will be my first Bell's, so I am excited to try it.

This beer pours very dark, but the stream from the bottle has a very dark red color in it. There is almost no head even when poured from a decent height.

There are two equal aromas, cherries and roasted malt. The beer is about 50 degF but the aroma is still pretty weak.

The flavor constantly changes as it progresses along my tongue and mouth. It starts off with roasted malt but quickly changes to sweet cherries and then finishes with a great tart cherry flavor. I really like how complex the flavor is and how it is dynamics. By the end, I can almost picture eating fresh cherries, although it is by no means too strong. This is perhaps the best fruit beer I have had.

I do have to limit the drinkability because it is a bit sweet to drink a bunch of them.

drseamus, Feb 26, 2007
Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 2,132 ratings.