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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: 2,264
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 95
Gots: 192 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-09-2002

"A mysterious dance of tart Michigan cherries with the dark, roasted malts of a big and bold stout." and "Stout brewed with cherry juice."
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Photo of treyrab
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split two of these on brew night with jac5084 into two pint glasses...

A: This one pours a very dark brown...I would call it black, but there is some brown/ruby around the edges when held to light. The center of this beer however is black as night. The head is very nice and bellows up from beneath to form a dark brown head that does not lace.

S: Tons and tons of cherries in various forms. Cherry puree, cherry juice, chocolate covered cherries, fresh ripe cherries. Just cherries galore. Also some bitter roast, chocolate, and a vinegary scent.

T: Wow the cherries really blow you away. Vast arrays of cherries that had a tendency to mask the other flavors this beer was offering. There was some chocolate and roast, but not much. Also not much bitterness or hops could be discerned.

Overall, a decent fruit stout from Bell's. However, if I were in the mood for one of their stouts in the future, I would go with Expedition or Kalamazoo.

Photo of Shaw
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a new Bell's beer for me. At $15 a six-pack, it's pretty pricey.

A lovely jet black with just a hint of red on the surface and in the head: neat.

The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with just a hint of tart cherry.

The taste is very interesting. The tartness from the cherries is very apparent, which gives the stout a twang like a dry stout, though more so. People who like tart beers should try this.

The other stout flavors are creamy and mellow and light on the roasted flavors.

In other words, it's well balanced with a large amount of tartness.

The body is quite nice, being creamy and smooth and typically stout-like.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Sour fans should seek it out. But if I want to spend this much on beer, I'll go for an excellent one, like Bell's Hopslam.

Photo of krukster
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark, almost black

S- strong smell of cherries, almost a tart smell.

T- a tart cherry tatse. Unlike Sam Adams cherry, also an almost coffee like under taste

D- Very easy to drink. A very good Cherry Stoudt.

If you are a fan of Sam Adam's Cherry wheat, you will be a fan of this darker cherry offering.

Photo of zeff80
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, foamy, tan head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of very tart cherries, caramel and some chocolate.

T - The tart cherry flavor is almost overpowering. The burnt toast malt is muted compared to the cherry taste.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was tough to drink. Just too much tart cherry flavor. I need more sweetness to balance it out.

Photo of NCBeernut
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Appears black with a half-decent dark khaki head that doesn't really stick much. A thin layer left in the bottom of my glass reveals it is actually a blood-red-tinted dark brown.

S: Sherry, soy sauce, roasted malt. Tart cherry scent seems artificial.

T: Heavily roasted barley throws in hints of dark roasted coffee and bittersweet cocoa. Super tart artificial cherry concentrate slapped on top. Bleh. There might be a pretty decent stout underneath the cherry junk that seems similar to a less alcoholic version of Brooklyn's BCS.

M: Slick mouthfeel, big body, tartness lingers well past the finish and is the only real bad part here...again.

D: Again, ruined by the cherry. Finishing a whole bottle is a chore.

Big disappointment from one of my favorite brewers.

Photo of madtowndmb1
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this beer a little while ago out of a six-pack I bought and I didn't care for it. So I just tried it again and still didn't care for it. The appearance was nice and the smell was attractive but that's where it ended. The flavors just didn't mesh it came across flat tasting and not something I'd buy again. That being said, this is the first beer from Bells' that I've felt this way about.

Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque pitch black with a bit of dark tan head. It smelled like chocolate and burnt coffee with rich dark cherry. It tasted like very rich dark chocolate and mouth watering sour cherry, with a bit of copper hops and roasted barley. It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was definitely a cherry stout. It had very nice flavor that was clean and drinkable, but it could have used a bit more body (surprising for a Bell's stout). This beer was a great change of pace from regular stouts.

Photo of ph2001
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in snifter

is it black with no head. smell is mild of malt, but not really getting any cherry from it. it is very malty and rich, roasty. the cherry flavor is more tart than sweet and it doesn't really complement the flavors very well. it is medium bodied and i wish it was a bit thicker. the aftertaste is very roasty and coffee like. the flavors almost blend well and balance out, but come up a bit short.

Photo of stuckonhops
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle aged for about 9-10 months.

A-- dark black..tan head with reddish hues throughout..

S--cherry and roasted malts...espresso..

T--tart cherry that has calmed down quite a bit from when it was fresh..light coffee and roasted flavors..

M-- smooth carbonation spreads cherry flavor over tounge...crisp coffee like flavor follows which sort of cleans the palate for the next sip.

D-- cant taste the alcohol so be careful...can catch up to ya quickly..

not one of my all time favs.. but still really good...a great change after most stouts...refreshing and vibrant with cherry...great if you love cherries..

Photo of MisterE
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle at 7% ABV

A: very dark brown with a small brown head of fine bubbles that quickly retreat to the glass edge

S: sweet aroma of dark roasted malt with a hint of fruitiness

T: big malt flavor with a tart cherry bite following close behind, finishing dry with espresso coffee notes

M: medium body and good carbonation

D: the cherry taste accumulates and after 12 ounces I've had enough

Interesting and well done. Worth trying if you like variety in your stout menu.

Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, batch 8731 of 7% ABV, into a pint glass.

Appears an opague black with a once inch dark tan head. Very nice looking stout. Slight lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is roasty dominated by coffee and a bit of chocolate, the cherry is not really present here other than a very slight tartness in the back.

Taste is like nothing I have tried before. All I could say after the first sip was "woah". Up front the roasty flavors are there but really end up taking a backseat to the tartness of the cherries that come out fighting right from the start. The finish has a bit of a roasty bitterness but overall the cherries still dominate. There is a slight residual sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium bodied, creamy.

At first I thought that this beer was mediocre, but now I have learned to enjoy it very much and get cravings for it often. The cherry blends really well with the roastiness of the stout.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Opaque black; no light coming through on the edges. A half inch of brown head with just a tint of purple rises; short retention and some lacing.

S - Wow, huge aroma of chocolate and berries, very similar to gourmet chocolate covered cherries/raspberries. This smells like a fine dessert.

T - I've bumped this up a whole point from when I started drinking this; it's really growing on me. Huge chocolate presence at first with a mild roasted and woody component. Fruit kicks in mid palate after the sweetness has settled some, but it reminds me more of raspberries than cherries. Late palate the roasted character grows in the background providing a mild, but increasing bitterness, while the fruit quickly turns from sweet to sour, again akin to raspberries. The fruity sourness and earthy/burnt bitterness are the perfect compliment to the rich decadence of the early/mid palate. Finishes with lingering roasted and woody flavor.

M - Superb. Moderate to low carbonation with a thick, oily, full body.

D - I've bumped this up a point as I've been drinking it as well. Although very sweet and intense, this is an extremely well done fruit beer with a perfect harmony of flavor. No off flavors or insane bitterness to deal with, and the sweetness or fruitiness never becomes overbearing. The best I've had from Bell's so far.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thin brown head. No lacing. Roasty but very sweet aromas roasted malt, have to search a bit but the cherry aromas are there as well.

Cherry flavors much more evident in the taste. The tart cherry flavors blend nicely with the sweet roasted malt. Cherry is the prominent flavor but the malt takes a very close second. Sweet and roasty latte flavors intertwined with the tart cherry flavor and finishes quite sweet. The aftertaste is bitter chocolate and cherry juice.

Outstanding cherry stout! It's beers like these that Bell's should stick to.

Photo of bonbini26
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap @ Monks Cafe

Appearance: bllack brew topped with a cocoa head. The beer is visually stunning following the pour and is on par with the best American stouts

Smell: Big bitterness and burnt aroma of roasted malt balanced by a sweet cherry scent. I really like a big stout that finds a good balance in the aroma and this beer is no exception. Additionally, the cherry sweetness is extremely unique.

Taste: Well the taste is still good but not quite as good as the aroma. The big crisp ashy bitterness of the roast grain is up front and in your face. The cherry flavors are tart and sour on the palate

Mouthfeel: Viscous, still brew. Body is placed neatly right between an American stout and a Russian Imperial.

Drinkability: Enjoyable experience but one is enough in a setting.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to naproxen for this extra, one of many.

Pours a nice black viscous brew with a good tall fizzy tan head that reduces to a surface film rather quickly. Nose is roasted malt and alcohol with some slight cherry. Cherry is more apparent in the taste than the nose. Slightly tart, very slightly, decent cherry flavor is there with a good roasted malt background and some slight chocolate. Alcohol is very subdued for the abv. Mouthfeel is just where it should be in a stout like this, although I would like to see it a bit thicker. It is kind of watery. Drinkability is very good here, as the abv is well hidden, and they have made the cherries mingle quite well here. Certainly a unique brew, and one I would buy again if it were local. Bell's knows how to work a stout, thats for sure. Good beer.

Photo of fightingirishcmk
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Poured into a Duvel glass. Where's the carbonation? Despite pouring down the center, I was left with about a pinkie finger sized head, rather dark in color, and this dissipated quickly. No lacing was left on the glass. The color of the beer itself was very dark, with a slight red hue. Almost as dark as the Dark Lord himself.

S: The reason I mentionted Dark Lord was that this made me think of it right after smelling it. Not the same at all, but it does have a tart cherry smell, roasted and chocolate malts, and no discernable hops aroma.

T: A bit like cherry cough syrup, but in an OK way. Very tart, with some chocolate malt flavoring. The Tartness of the cherries is a bit overpowering. Not well balanced flavors.

M: Not bad, quite smooth, medium bodied. Carbonation is much more apparent in the mouthfeel than in the appearance.

D: I bought a 6er... Its going to take a few months for me to be in the right mood to finish each one. Not a session beer by any means. Destroys the palate.

Photo of naterock
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a Delerium Snifter

Opaque, possibly the darkest beer I've ever seen. a touch of red on the border.

smells of strong dark roasted malt, and a hint of cherries, not too strong on the cherries though.

tastes smooth and rich, WOW shivers up my spine. interesting and mysterious. I can't even compare this to anything. rich malt is so powerful but the cherry smoothes it out and makes for a suberb finish.

low carbonation but I think it works for this stout. too much would overpower the flavor, drinks easy but it's definitely a sipper, sould go well with a cherry cheesecake or a cherry dessert.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Possibly the darkest ber i have ever seen it pours almost a blood red no head on it due to the lack of carbonation is the only reason it didnt get a 5 from me here.

S-Sweet as all hell, alot of cherry, with very sweet malt notes and a hint of a nuttyness as well

T-Again as the name says its dominated by cherry here to, good part is it is not throughout it fades to a nice malty simisweet choclate like bitter finish.

M-This was the downfall this beer is literally almost completely uncarbonated you get a very small head to it and it feels a bit flat on your palate the only reason this doesnt totally kill the beer is because of the rich flavor you still get from it, but I wonder how much better it would have been.

D-Not bad nothing I would drink very often though and in my opinion not worh 16 dollars a 6 pack.

Photo of Strix
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance gets high marks for being really black, low marks for head retention, averages out to average.

Smell is intriguing, I do get real cherry flavor over a burnt, roasted malt background.

The taste is all over the place. Starts out cherry, then turns burnt, then turns roasted with cherry still in there somewhere sort of resolves to an artificial cherry medicinal flavor. I don't know. It's interesting, and grew on me a bit throughout the bottle, but it's just too discordant for me.

Mouthfeel nice and smooth.

Drinkabilitywise, I don't think I could ever finish more than 1 bottle.

I found some of Bell's other stouts to be amazing (Java, Expedition, Double Cream), but this one is too experimental for my tastes. Might be worth a try if you're feeling up to it, but the flavors don't mesh well for me.

Photo of dancinwillie
2.35/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is black, with a sizable mocha colored head that slowly bubbles it's way down. The head itself appears thick and frothy.

Aroma is cherries, some roasted coffee, and a little unsweetened chocolate.

Taste is well, not good. I've had this before, many times a few years ago. And I thought it was delicious. My palate has done some serious evolving apparently however. Tastes of sour cherries, and sour milk, metal, this is bad. I will buy a single and re-review it in fairness to what I consider to be a fine brewery, and hopefully this is just a bad batch.

Mouthfeel, gonna go with average, because the taste is so bad, I don't really know.

D: not good. not good at all.

Photo of birchstick
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - super black with no head whatsoever
S - you can definitely smell the cherries in this one, mixed with huge hits of dark chocolate.
T - The cherry taste was very strong from the tip of the tounge to about three-fourths of the way back. Then the stout characteristicsshone threw with a nice blend of dark chocolate and burnt malts. The cherry taste lingered around for a while and there was a nice chocolate and cherry aftertaste.
MF - pretty full and goes down easily. Leaves a dry, tart feeling in the mouth
D - Definitely not what I was expecting in a good way. Most fruit beer usually are not the best, but the cherries in this taste like the cherries I get in August when I visit Michigan and worked well in a stout setting. This makes for an excellent sipping and dessert beer.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried this a beertopia at Tank's Taproom. Appearance is stout darkness with a tinge of red when held to the light.

Smells of coffee and sour cherries. Little bits of dark chocolate and malt characteristics. I like the aroma of Bell's yeast too.

Taste is average. There's a good amount of sour and bitter from the cherries and chocolate/coffee malt profile.

Mouthfeel is a bit puckering but not too bad. This is heavy but not heavy for a stout if that makes sense.

Drinkability is ok. Not a beer I'll search for but wouldn't turn one down. Good for dessert.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer purchased today at the brewery. Enjoyed in a Bell's tulip glass. (also from the brewery today...) Pours quite black under a reddish, dark tan head and leaving respectable lace on the glass. Nose is strongly of ripe cherries. Dark Chocolate, sour cherries, and more sour cherries. Pungent layers of cherry, over chocolate, some chalky drying out late. Not the greatest take on the style, but I'd like to try this as an after dinner/dessert beer....give me a piece of chocolate cake with this beer and I likely will be a happy man

Photo of botham
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours opaque black with one finger of brown, tight and frothy head. weak retention.

aroma is of roasted malt and sweet cherry that envelops the malt, and drowns out any other aroma. very simple in the nose.

taste is sweet and fruity, with black malts and a subtle chocolate and cream note. closely resembles liquified chocolate covered cherries. the fruit juice is somewhat overpowering, creating an overly sweet brew.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy texture and a smooth, tart finish. very sweet on the palate.

drinkability is dissapointing. the overly sweet nature of the brew and the simplistic profile make this a one dimentional brew, without much else besides black malts and cherry flavor. for what it is, it is not bad, but the overpowering sweet juice and black malts do not come together to produce a complete brew.

Photo of markaberrant
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - jet black, avg dark tan head, no lacing.

S - black forest cake-like, slightly tart cherries and cocoa, balanced to the cherry side

T - tart cherry hits the tongue first, but stout character quickly follows. Tart cherry flavour carries all the way through. Aftertaste is slightly more burnt than cherry, finally giving us a reprieve from the cherry.

M - medium bodied, smooth. The tartness from the cherries is mildly puckering in the mouth, even in the finish, which is mildly distracting. Carbonation is avg.

D - Good tart cherry flavour, good stout flavour (from what I can actually taste of the stout). The 2 do not work together very well.

This beer is completely out of balance, way too much tart cherry for this cowboy. You'll see I also just reviewed Verhaeghe's cherry beer, and I gave it very high scores because the tart cherry character works in that beer. It doesn't in this one. I want more stout character and less tartness in my cherry stouts please and thank you.

Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 2,264 ratings.