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

Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout

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Ratings: 1802
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%

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 brewtus


3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into snifter
A- pours black with a half finger light tan head
S- lots of roasted malt, dark fruit, some smoke
T- starts with some chocolate, and roasted malt, tart cherries soon take over, other dark fruits, finishes slightly tangy, some coffee undertones
M- not very thick, nice texture, some carbonation
O- not bad, tangy michigan cherries, nice roast flavor, not too complex. If you don't like cherries you really won't like this, a nice beer

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:54:03 | More by brewtus
Photo of pimpinmidget

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz 10/8/13 bottle poured into snifter.

A: Pours black with a very faint mocha head that fades quickly.

S: Roasted malts and some chocolate coming off. Very, very faint cherry smell burried deep in there.

T: Completly opposite of the smell. Big tart cherry overpowers all else. At the end you do get some of the malts and chocolate that are in the aroma.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

O: A decent stout. Was a bit of a let down. This one falls short of the excellent stouts (Expedition, Black Note, double Cream....ect...) that Bell's usually does. As much as I love cherries, here they are too overly dominant. Wish more of the classic stout flavors where there. If the cherries were toned down just a notch this one could be damn near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 16:33:38 | More by pimpinmidget
Photo of andrewjraab


3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pitch black with a back tone of some red tints. The head is almost purple / red when held up against some light. Nice lacing and spotting after each drink.

S - Chocolate malts, coffee beans, vanilla, and cherries of course.

T - Tart cherries, dark chocolate, coffee, malts. Finishes sour and dry and leaves a bit of a sticky acidic aftertaste on the tongue. Full bodied, but lacks some finesse.

O - Very interesting brew - I would recommend this, but not sure I would get it again any time soon. Nice to try once, but probably will not come back.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:23:10 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 10/8/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, tart cherry, cherry skin, light char, toast, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt with a fair amount of cherry presence; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cherry skin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, light char, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of cherry tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with prominent cherry flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited stout style. All around good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cherry flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 06:05:48 | More by superspak
Photo of Powderhornphil


3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Glad to see this beer return after a year hiatus. I remember really liking this. It's a nice not too heavy stout.

Pours a nice slighty oily black.

the aroma is understated.notes of roast. the tartness of the cherries is way underneath.

the taste is bitter dark chocolate and sweet malt sugars. Tart cherry is big on the finish.

Medium mouth feel with medium carb.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:43:26 | More by Powderhornphil
Photo of tillmac62

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/8/13. Nice cherry nose with a roast compliment. Low medium body. Cherry is the predominant flavor, with it being on the tart side rather than sweet. The roast malts are overpowered by the cherry. The crisp finish has a touch of sweetness, but again, the cherry predominates and lingers as the only aftertaste. As it warms, a better balance is achieved and roast becomes evident. I began this review at 33 degrees F. Another fine stout from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 20:14:14 | More by tillmac62
Photo of Fcolle2


4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, nearly black with a thin half finger tan head that retains nicely.

Smell has notes of bittersweet chocolate and a light tart cherry juice crispness. Malt has some slight toffee notes and not much hops are detectable.

Taste has a crisp cherry juice tartness forward along with some bittersweet chocolate flavors and a supposing smokey roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel is good, tart cherry juice cuts the thickness nicely and keep it very drinkable.

Overall it was a damn good stout. Smokey malt surprised me in the taste since I could not detect it in the nose however it added some nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 22:49:44 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of stercomm


3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a big Left Hand tulip glass

A - Very dark oily in color, got a slight mocha head that receded quickly leaving a slight bit of lacing around the glass.

S - Getting a lot of dark roast, some chocolate, hint of cherry that is almost menthol like

T - Similar to the scent, dark roasted malts, chocolate, a very slight tart cherry. Not a real distinct taste but not bad. Might like a bit more tartness and cherries.

M - Medium bodied, get a slight tart tingling, medium carbonation a bit of a creaminess.

O - As I think this it is growing on me, I'm not a big over the top stout person. Given it is a cold windy day here in Ohio, this is a nice brew to be sipping while sitting outside by the fire.

Serving type: growler

10-26-2013 19:43:51 | More by stercomm
Photo of mfnmbvp


4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 10/08/2013 printed on the back label. About as fresh as I could ask for, a new beer to me from Bell's. Expectations are moderately high.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass, per the death of my snifter.

A - Pours a solid oily black; opaque in the glass. About a finger of mocha head dissipates to a small ring quickly. A bit of spotty lacing, but none sticks.

S - Smell is subtle, and not very powerful, but still enticing. Some dark malt roast, chocolate, and then juicy cherries / pomegranate smelling as the beer begins to warm. Some must, dates, and raisins make an appearance as well.

T - Again, not over the top, but juuust right. Bitter dark malt roast, chocolate, maybe just a hint of vanilla, and coffee bean meld nicely with the authentic tart cherry juice. I am actually really enjoying this.

M - Feel is of bitter roast and some residual tartness. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, an excellent and reasonably priced seasonal six pack from Bell's, undoubtedly a beer I will have to get more of. Dangerously drinkable at 7.00% abv, also. This is possibly one of my favorite beers from Bell's yet.

Bell's Cherry Stout ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 22:34:33 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Brenden


4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a serious stout; it's as thick, heavy-looking and viscous as almost an RIS out there. It's big, bold and black, and it forms a full finger's height of strong brown head that crowns the beer heavily. Plenty of patchy lacing is left stickily on the glass, followed by heavy spotting and spreading out a little webbing, too.
This one is straightforward, exactly what it says it is, but at a strength most beers would identify with as "Imperial." Cherry juice is fresh and tart, and there's a ton of roast in the malts. It's bittersweet, with lots of char from roast but no acridity or astringency, and a little sweetness in the cherry and perhaps a touch to the malts themselves.
This beer is delicious. Tart Michigan cherry is distinguishable from Bing or the like, bringing more dark, stronger, tart flavor than sweetness. The backbone is massively roasty heavy barley grains. There's a hint of bittersweet cocoa and espresso with some heavy earth.
This is a rich, thick beer that's very big-bodied and robust without being too heavy. It's smooth, with a little prickly from carbonation but otherwise moving like velvet on the tongue.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2013 15:05:01 | More by Brenden
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep brown almost black. opaque. almost no head when poured strongly, but some tan foam that fades at a slower pace

Smell: weak. way too weak for a stout. some sweet juicy smell. some roasted malts.

Taste: they cherry juice is very distinct and in a bad way. tastes way to much like a juice. some roasty malts come in behind. chocolate/espresso play smaller roles

Mouthfeel: overly sweet. but a decent feel

Overall: a poor showing from bell's. I expected a lot from this one especially after the year hiatus last year. but the strong juice taste takes away from what this beer could be.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 01:27:22 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of ONUMello


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle packaged 10/8/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with just a hint of a red tint as it was being poured. Very thin head even with a moderately aggressive pour that dissipates quickly
S: Roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of cherry but also something I can't quite place but smells like something burnt
T: Dark malts, a bit of sour cherry but nothing particularly unique
M: A bit thinner than I expected, overall nothing wrong
O: Pass. Certainly drinkable but Bell's straightforward dark beers are much better

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 05:20:25 | More by ONUMello
Photo of TheSamKuehn


4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle bottled on 9-22-11 into a Bell's snifter. Yeah a little cheesy I know. It's amazing what 2 years has done.

Appearance: Great half inch mocha colored head. Beer is motor oil black.

Smell: The fresh cherry smell is still quite strong. Was expecting that to have faded quite a bit but it hasn't.

Taste: For those who have not had this fresh, when fresh the cherry juice the stout is brewed with is extremely tart. Very much a sipper. 2 years has totally toned down the tartness. Don't get me wrong the cherry is still quite strong but it's only fractionally as tart with a nice sweetness. The chocolate I recall when fresh has mostly faded.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was like it was fresh. Most 2 year old stouts I've had only have a thin line of carbonation if any at all. Carbonation was not a problem. The beer itself has thinned out a bit which was expected.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised. Ive gotta a couple more bottles of the same bottling date that I'll break out with some friends over the course of the next year. As well as this beer has held up over the course of the last 2 years I don't expect that to continue too much longer. Fresh, I'd drink this beer over the course of an hour; it's that frickin' tart. This one I polished off in about 10 minutes.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 04:01:55 | More by TheSamKuehn
Photo of flagmantho


3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark brown hue with some brown around the edges when held up to the light. Head poured a thin finger of creamy dark tan foam which did not stick around very long at all. Good color, but practically no head.

Smell: rich, roasty aroma with a little hint of coffee and plenty of chocolate aroma. Within that, a lovely dark-fruit aroma of cherry, date, and raisin; it reminds me of a BSDA or a quadrupel in that respect. The emphasis on cherry really works for me, too. I kind of love it.

Taste: a little tart right up front, which ends up lasting through the whole experience. Cherry, chocolate, a little astringent roastiness and a pretty complementary sweetness round out the flavor experience; quite tasty, but a little bit out of balance -- the tartness is just strong enough to be a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and a satisfying creaminess.

Overall: I love the aroma of this beer, and I really do like cherry beers in general. I find this to be a delightful brew, although the tartness really does detract a bit from the overall works.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 23:51:52 | More by flagmantho
Photo of BMMillsy


3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Gainesville HOB. Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head. Sweet cherry chocolate aroma. Flavor is dominated by cherry flavor, with a hint of chocolate at the end. Mix of sweet and sour cherry. Seems extremely thin for a stout, despite it looking very creamy. Medium carbonation. This is OK, but not a huge fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:14:40 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of GoldHorde


4.73/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice stout!

Strong coffee aroma, pours a very deep black with a nice mocha head with a lengthy lace. Flavor of espresso and dark bitter chocolate with a cherry echo. Beautiful cigar beer - would stand up to any maduro....effortlessly.

A truly beautiful beer Bells!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 04:37:52 | More by GoldHorde
Photo of Finn


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

pours thick and black with red-tinted foam around the edges. Aroma is earthy, smoky, and slightly sour. Flavor opens with sweet and tart cherries surrounded by a bitter, chocolatey smoky presence. Nice cherry presence. Very full-bodied and rich and smooth in the mouth, still finishing without too much lingering sweetness. Very good if you're in the mood for a big, rich stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 01:54:32 | More by Finn
Photo of AgentMunky


3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled 2 December 2011.

A: A finger of dark tan head churns and fades. The body of the beer is ebony-dark.

S: Chicory and cherries. Nutty.

T: Delicious. I think it's better fresh, but even after a year, it's retained the faint puckery cherry juice that makes this stout so interesting and so delicious. The earthy, roasted chocolate finish is a fine complement and counterweight. The finish is bitterish but doesn't linger.

M: Just a touch flat. Smooth and pleasant.

O: One of my favorite stouts from one of my favorite breweries. Recommended, especially on tap or fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 00:42:27 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of AJacob81


4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled 9.22.11, consumed 11.12.12

A - deep brown-black w ruby red highlights. minimal brown head w no lacing.

S - chocolate covered cherries dominate. Cocoa powder and ripe dark fruits in support.

T - sour cherries, cranberries, and a touch of figs up front. roasted chicory, blackened toast and much less chocolate than the nose would indicate follow. first sips are mellow, balanced between fruit and roasty malt. as it warms malt becomes ascendant along w creeping oxidation. still a decent drink overall.

M - thinner side of medium but still smooth. low carbonation and a lingering finish.

this is over a year old and probably different when fresh, but not bad overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:30:10 | More by AJacob81
Photo of hecmin01


3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like a nice motor oil Stout has a slight reddish hue.. no carbonation in glass
S- Roasty, chocolaty ..
T- Drinks lighter than it looks.. tart.. tastes a bit different from the smell
M- Can taste some carbonation.. pleasant feel.

Sightly above average stout..

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 22:05:29 | More by hecmin01
Photo of SGDJosh

4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bells Cherry Stout cellared since 10-12-2011. 7% ABV. Tasted on 9-15-12 thanks to my friend Andy Rozar

Pours pitch black with a red hue. No apparent head with a body like hot burnt motor oil.

Smells of cherries, dark malts, molasses, and rich dark chocolate

Tastes of tart cherries, minerals, dark chocolate, and more sour cherries. The sour cherry taste turns into a licorice feel and the dark chocolate bitterness finishes it up.

Mouthfeel is viscous and full bodied but the carbonation picks it up and makes it appear lighter than of actually is.

Overall its great. I think that most people won't appreciate the cherry influence. It's not a dessert cherry and not what most people are thinking when they see "cherries." But this beer is a great reflection of Michigan. They did very well indeed.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 00:12:41 | More by SGDJosh
Photo of dmb2890


3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Sahara Mart bloomington, in. Pours pitch black with about a 1 finger reddish-brown head. Aroma has stout characteristics: chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of cherry. Taste has none of the chocolate and all of the cherry. The slight carbonation gives a smooth sweet texture. If you like very tart stouts then this beer is for you. But other than that it is not balanced well and is too tart for a sweet stout. If the other ingredients could come through this would be an above average beer but just settles for average.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 00:14:47 | More by dmb2890
Photo of chugalug06


2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: 1/30/12

Two-finger, muddy brown foamy/soapy head flows from the bottle. Brew is very black with lots of brown and purple.

Slight metalic scent. Chocolate, slightly roasty, cherry is VERY hidden.

Almost sour flavor, like a messed up barrel aging.. Cherry is a total miss. Chocolate flavors are nice but are too bitter and dry. Carbonation is too heavy as well. Sweetness rings in at the right scale, just with the wrong "off" flavors. Body tastes more like a deep Brown rather then a Stout.

A mess of a brew. I really wanted to like it, but it was just too off from what it represents to be. The ABV is well hidden and presents no heat. Can't quite recommend it, although I did drink it and kinda enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing Adam!!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 03:38:35 | More by chugalug06
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12-2-11.

A- Pours a thick black hue. Little to no head, but what is there is chocolatey tan. Good lacing.

S- Lots of tart cherry up front. Dark chocolate roasts mix in. Slightly sweet, mostly tart.

T- Taste is a lot of cherries. Tart, but not overly so, right up front. Cherries dominate the palate most of the way through. Ends with a touch of the typical stout roasty and chocolate flavors.

M- Pretty carbonated and light for a stout. The cherries and stout flavor profile is not quite supported with the brew's weight.

Overall, a very interesting beer. Kind of presents a chocolate covered cherry flavor. Not sure if I'd go for this again, but a new experience at least.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:00:04 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery in April. Pours an opaque but clear black with brilliant cherry-red highlights when held up to the light. An impressively creamy, off-white head dissipated quickly, leaving little lacing. Still presents a creamy, smooth and satisfying mouthfeel. Very rich and very nice.

The aroma is of predominantly roasted dark malts, with backgrounds of cocoa and coffee and elements I wouldn't typically associate with "fruit". The cherry is predominant in the taste, but its initial sweetness melds quickly into a sour (tart?) note - without the yeast notes of many other sours. The dry and bitter finish lingers, and this is not a "cherry pie" filling beer.

Well done, Bell's. Impressive!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 00:56:40 | More by hopsolutely
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