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

Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout

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Ratings: 1804
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 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
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What little dark coco colored head formed faded in a flash leaving only a thing ring of film around the edge of the glass. Dark chocolate black colored beer.
Aromas of cherry, alcohol and a pinch of coffee.
Cherries and chocolate malt up front, cherry flavor becomes sourer and overpowers the other flavors until they all fade in the finish. Body is middle of the road, not much to the mouthfeel, a bit of fizzy carbonation, kind of like a thick soda. Overall the cherry flavor seems pretty natural, but it’s a little overbearing. An ok flavored stout, I like the Weyerbacher a little better though.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 22:38:16 | More by HappyHourHero
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to AKSmoked Porter for this bottle,pours a oily looking black with no head or no carbonation looked like a oil slick no trace of head here at all.Nice aroma though of tart cherries and bitter chocolate,big tart cherry flavor hits right away with some baking spices notes, with a taste of earthiness in the finish.Felt like a oil slick in the mouth as well Iam not sure what that feels like but this is it,a little cloying in sweet/sour dept as well.Probably the worst offering I have had from Bells but it was nice to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 23:34:24 | More by oberon
Photo of ffboooboo


2.23/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a nice black color. I poured this one aggressively and got very little head, what head was their disappeared quickly, leaving a tan ring around the glass. The flavor starts out slightly burnt, than is harshly covered by a overpowering tart, supposed cherry flavor. at least the tart flavor ended fairly fast. I really did not
enjoy this one, had trouble drinking it all.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 20:12:11 | More by ffboooboo
Photo of ppoitras


3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed little more than a thin foamy film on top of the dark, dark brown opaque brew. Lacing was excellent for such a non-headed beer. Aroma just as you would expect, cherry and dark malts. The name of the beer indicates the brewer's priorities here: cherry first, stout next. The taste is all about the cherries up front, and you hardly get a chance to enjoy any of the obvious dark malt/stout flavors before everything's down the hatch. Not even a heavy malt aftertaste or anything. In my mind, the cherry could be backed off a bit and the grains cranked up a notch, and things would work better for the mouthfeel, which at this point is sour with a smoothing stout slide, but none of the stout flavors that you would expect anywhere in sight. Drinkability suffers some for the same reasons. An interesting brew, but I feel one with a bit of a misleading name.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 23:45:53 | More by ppoitras
Photo of bditty187


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

Deep black hue. Opaque. The brunette head reached a weak foamy cap before rapidly fading to a bubbly collar. There was no subsequent lacing. I am impressed with the depth of the color, the head, not so much. The nose has lovely roasted malts that produce aromas of coffee and chocolate. Cherry aromas are weak, would I have even known this was a cherry stout in a blind sniff test? Probably not but the smells are inviting. Hello cherries! Yep, I tasted them on the palate. The refreshing tartness of the cherries is found up front and they try to make there way to the middle but the rush of roasted malts takes over. It is the tale of two flavors. They work great as individuals but the harmony of the two tastes combined is quite noteworthy. The sweetness of the fruit is minimal and melts gracefully with the chocolate and coffee. Surprisingly the cherries reestablish the dominant position in the aftertaste. It is very tart and very refreshing. I couldn’t taste the high alcohol content, it completely bypassed my tongue, but I did feel the heat in my stomach. The mouthfeel is both good and bad, I like the fullness and the low carbonation but the dry chalkiness is unpleasant. I must admit the tart cherry flavor got a little tiresome towards the end of my glass. As a whole this is a good stout, I can’t see myself ever drinking more than one of these at a time. It is a change of pace beer or something to pair with dessert. It is worthy trying. I got my opportunity thanks to prAna.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 01:38:51 | More by bditty187
Photo of freed


3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for bringing this one cross-country. The 12oz bottle sports a very attractive label, and seems to be heavy with sediment. Pouring without disturbing the trub isn't a problem, but there's no carbonation to speak of. Its nearly a black body with just the slightest mahogany to the edges and a chocolate frothy ring of foam.

The aroma hints at a dry stout with its dry and acrid grain smells, but there's also a slight sour to the aroma that is pleasing.

The taste, which my wife describes as cough syrup, pleases me. Its a mix of a creamy stout and a tootsie pop. The slight sour cherry flavor doesn't offend like a sweet flavor would, and compliments the toasted, malt body well. I find the beer to be very drinkable and hope to try another on tap some time.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 03:35:47 | More by freed
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3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is opaque back with no head and little carbonation. The aroma has a fruity tartness and some roasted malts in the nose. The cherry flavor is up front and then some mocha flavor hits. It is creamy and full bodied. A good dessert stout. I just wish that it was a little better carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 14:28:06 | More by ark57
Photo of lampkins


3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, I picked this beer up for $14.00 a six pack and was expecting a beer that tasted like I spent $14.00 on the beer.

The beer poured a dark black oil like brew that glazed the glass with a tiny head of foam. The aroma smelled of earthy grains and did not detect any cherry smell to the beer.

If I did not know that they beer was a Cherry Stout I could have easily mistaken it for a regular start produced by Bell's. The only cherry taste I detected was at the end of a swig and it was a bitter Nyquil like Cherry taste to the beer.

Determined to enjoy this beer @ all costs I let a couple warm for an hour or so in the hopes that more tastes would come from this brew. Unfortunately it did nothing to change my perception. I think Bell's needs to refine this brew because I think it could be something special if it was done right.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 18:36:42 | More by lampkins
Photo of merlin48


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

Pours an opaque, dark brown with a medium sized brown head that retains well and leaves sheets of lacing. Aroma is interesting for a stout, with lots of chocolate but no coffee notes. Tart cherries are easily picked up in the nose. Mouthfeel seems light bodied from minimal carbonation, and there is tart acidity from the cherries. Still, an overall smooth mouthfeel. The roasted malts and coffee come on strong in the taste, as well as a medium chocolate presence. The tartness of the cherries seems out of place here, and something seems to be missing in the middle. It seems watered down at times. Finishes with a dry, roasted maltiness that is typical of a stout. Chocolate and Cherries offer a lot of promise for an excellent stout, but Bell's just hasn't got it right here, yet. Perhaps, this could use more toasted malts for a better balance. Not a bad stout, but there's a lot of room for improvement.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 10:44:53 | More by merlin48
Photo of PhantomVodoo


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

Minimal carbonation leads to a thin brown head. Beer is an opaque black in the glass. Large amount of yeast on the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma shows plenty of dark, well roasted malt. Alcohol and a hint of cherry.

This beer initially shows the big, dark, roasty stout backbone. Coffee and smoke notes. Then the highly tart cherry juice quickly rushes onto the scene. The cherry tartness is a bit overpowering and melds with the roasty bitterness to create a mouth-puckering mix. I'd definitley like to see a little more malty sweetness to balance this beer out.

Good body and some creaminess to the mouthfeel, although it's light in the carbonation department and can be mouth-puckering at times.
Drinkability: One's enough for me, thanks.

Overall, I think a good stout lies underneath, but it melds with the cherry juice to form only a decent to solid fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 01:00:20 | More by PhantomVodoo
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003 bottling.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a slight reddish tint around the rim. Otherwise, pitch black. Miniscule head that instantly disappears.

Aroma: Good amounts of roasted and chocolate malt control the nose. Very mild cherry tones noticable. Not as much cherry aroma as I was expecting.

Taste: A tale of two palates. Roasted malt has a firm grip on the front, but the tart cherry flavor controls the finish. Slightly reminds me of dark chocolate covered cherries.

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly light for a stout. Flavorful, with a dry, slightly sour/tart finish, which is lingering and quite nice.

Drinkability: Wasn't sure of this combo going in, but I enjoyed this one wuite a bit. Good balance of toasty malt and tart cherries. Another great offering from Bell's. Try this one when you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 15:35:37 | More by winomark
Photo of JackTheRipper


4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a photon resisting slightly reddish black color. Head is minimal, but that's my fault, the last one of these I had, the floaters in the beer skeered me, so I was more careful to leave the stuff on the bottom of the bottle there.

Smell: Strong coffee, a whiff of cherries, and a definite smell of the alcohol. Quite a pleasant smell.

Taste: Cherry Stout indeed! Dark coffee taste with cherries in the background, a very nice balance of a fruity taste with a more stouty taste.

Mouthfeel: Big, bold, and chewy, this is a beer that grabs my attention. There's also a sort of sour and dry finish that is very nice. Alcohol is definitely noticeable. Carbonation is spot on. For a stout with fruit, this beer takes the best of both and does a nice job of combining them.

Drinkability: This beer, while certainly a "big" beer, goes down surprisingly easy. Nicely done, and I would recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 02:06:32 | More by JackTheRipper
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3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out with a good dark brown-reddish colour, with the tiny head dissipated rapidly though, leaving only minor lacing behind. Scent surprisingly light on the cherry end (though definitely present), mainly roasted, but nothing spectacular.

Taste is entirely different though, a little roast but mainly a strong, tart cherry flavour that grows substantially on the back end, very intense, and enjoyable at first, but it starts to drag by the end, just a little too much tartness conflicting with the stout methinks.

Mouthfeel is good but not great on this, some thickness, but not as much as I'd like in a stout. Drinkability is decent at first, but is definitely a liability toward the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 23:48:43 | More by CortexBomb
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flows forth into the glass with a tan head setttling over inky black w/slight reddish tinted liquid. The nose is roasty barley and yeasty fruitiness right off the bat, only a very brief hint of cherry. The taste is comprised of wonderfully tart cherries with a roasty toasted malty background. Viscous mouthfeel. It finishes super roasty/bitter and sour...the sourness from the cherries mingling with the highly roasted barley is an appealing taste combination. A nice warming alcohol sensation is felt after swallowing, a very unique ale!

Thanks again to CRJMellor for this beaut!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 15:34:16 | More by beerluvr
Photo of babyhobbes


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

This beer pours with very little head even when pouring straight into the glass. There is only a super small ring of foam. The color is dark mahogany.

A deep sniff reveals malt and some cherry scent. There isn't the typical coffee or chocolate scent often associated with stouts.

The taste is strongly cherries. Tart cherries dominate the taste buds. There is some maltiness and a little flavor of alcohol as an endnote. Really the flavor is huge cherries. This is what I imagine a cherry cider would taste like!

The mouthfeel is kind of syrupy, although this isn't a sweet beer.

If you like a sour cherries this is the beer for you! However, this isn't the beer for me. This is certainly something to try if you wonder how beer could be overpoweringly fruity and not sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 20:24:43 | More by babyhobbes
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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served lightly chilled in a Rapscallion goblet.

Appearance: Jet black with crimson highlights topped by a short-lived brownish head. Head goes to a ring right quick and leaves wee blotches of foam on the glass, but nothing that's overly impressive.

Smell: Prominent roasted barley aromas with decent whiffs of cherries. Faint chocolate and coffee aromas.

Taste: Reverse of the smell. Tart cherries with mild tastes of dark roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied in feel with lingering roasted malt aftertastes.

Drinkability: Not completely certain what to make of this. Quirky and yummy. It's a stout and a fruit beer (and a floor wax?). This would most likely rawk with a dessert of a chocolately or fruity derivation.

Thanks for feloniousmonk for the sample and to xlperro for arranging the holiday goodness.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 04:15:11 | More by ManekiNeko
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4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle, courtesy of Truthbrew froma recent trade. Pours out a deep dark brown color with just traces of dark tan foam swirling about the top of the glass. Aroma is a tantalizing blend of chocolate and coffee with subtle notes of cherry tartness. first taste was mostly malty and coffeeish at first, then the tang of tart cherries comes rushing in to fill out the flavor profile along with some hints of chocolate malt. The cherry flavor develops and becomes more apparent as you drink more, tastes very authentically cherryish, reminiscent of the Traverse City Cherry Festival. Body is more medium than full. Alcohol becomes a bit apparent in the finish but isn't too noticeable. A delicious stout from Bells, I'll have to find some more of this one...

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 23:52:22 | More by mikeys01
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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and black with no head. Aroma is all sour cherry. Taste is all sour cherry. Hey, I thought this was a stout not a lambic! Some very faint roasted malt flavors poke through as it warms, but it's too little, too late. If I'm drinking a stout, I want dark chocolate and roasted malts not lip puckering cherry. Not a bad beer by any means but not really much of a stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 23:49:09 | More by HossMcGraw
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3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is stout-black, with wisps of tan head. The smell is roasted malt. The taste has the cherries covering up too much of the malt character, and leaving a very bitter/tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, not quite sure I'd want another.

Well, Bell's certainly isn't perfect. The cherry tartness doesn't mix well with the bitter roasted malt taste, and in fact overwhelms the beer. An interesting experiment, although a failed one, and I'm not likely to have another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 22:24:59 | More by beergeek279
Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 1,804 ratings.