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Bell's Cherry Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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80
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2,253 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,253
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 96
Gots: 191 | 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 B967ierhunter177
4.61/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tastes like dark chocolate covered cherries and toast. Great by itself and would be good with chocolate cake. Highly recommended. My 700th different brew!

Photo of leroybrown10
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with minimal head. Smells of roast malt, some chocolate and licorice. Cherry comes through on the tongue, slightly tart. Some chocolate, dark molasses, licorice, hint of coffee, and burnt toast. Medium body, a bit thinner than expected. Good beer that I found rather unique but not a standout by any stretch.

Photo of MallyOMight
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of intobenme
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HoneyLamb
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JGam115
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oily black, lacing brown. Roasted Choc malt, burnt ends, cocoa and backend Cherry. Star and finish tart, roasty choc middle. Interesting.

Photo of JoshFrantz
2.37/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looked great. Disappointing otherwise. Smell as taste were reminiscent of something aged in bourbon barrels. Rather thin as well. Nobody is immune to a clunker

Photo of SoleBriety
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Veloman1241
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Norvelljeff
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Sweetest stout I have ever tasted.

Photo of mtomlins
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is just something off-putting about this beer for me. I freely admit that I am a Bell's fanboy so I have tried Cherry Stout now a few times across many years, but everytime, I get the same sour, cloying aftertaste. Not a sour stout like Funk Metal or Tart of Darkness, more like it was spoiled. I have given up on this one and have moved onto greener pastures.

Photo of Lucoli
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NonicPanic
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of myteam24
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of johnny_c
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Purduechris13
2.41/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Hard to finish. Taste was overpowered by tartness.

Photo of mschantz
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Surfside Tap House on Oceanside. Full disclosure this beer had been on tap over 2 months so perhaps not the experience the brewer intended. Pours a very attractive rich black color with a beautiful dark tan head. Smell is dominated by chocolate with a bit of cherry sweetness lurking. Wow- taste is surprisingly tart. Maybe like a tart version of a chocolate covered cherry. While I generally dig sours, this combination is a bit off putting. Mouth feel is almost gritty. Interesting but not something I need to try again.

Photo of DMACH
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pocketharpy
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmann
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with a big bubbled brown head. The head settled fairly quick and into a light ring.

The aroma is of a light roasted malt with a hint of caramel sweetness. The cherries provide a subtle tart aroma. Kind of hard to tell it is cherry without the advanced knowledge that it is. Nice aroma just not very strong.

The taste starts off with a moderate roasted malt. The malt provides some charred wood notes before it gets smacked down by the tart cherry. The cherries have a slight sweetness but mostly deliver a big tart edge. Perhaps too much of a juice flavor instead of mashed up fruit but the tart cherries do work well with the malt. The malt pops back out in the finish with a toasted pumpernickel flavor.

The feel is moderate, a bit light for a stout. Good balance between the roasted bitterness and the sweet tart. Tingly carbonation. The stout is bitter and sticky in the finish.

An enjoyable stout. The tart cherry can be a bit strong at times but I think it mixes well with the stout body. The body can be a bit beefier I suppose.

Photo of Tom_Gilman
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eric1Mess
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roxie_B
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks: Opaque black with aubergine highlights and two fingers of brown head
Smell: Chocolate, coffee, some cherry and molasses-y malt. Linear.
Taste: Sour pie cherries, chocolate and American hops.
Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied than most stouts.
Overall: I feel that this would have been better as a milk stout with more chocolate malt. Solid but not awe inspiring. A novelty but nothing I would do more than get a single of.

Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 2,253 ratings.