Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry StoutBell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout

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364 Ratings

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 313
Gots: 38 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 07-21-2007

American-style stout with tart Michigan cherries aged in bourbon barrels from various distilleries.
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Reviews by cpetrone84:
Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tap at Mad Mex.
pour is jet black with creamy caramel head. Nose is strong cherry, light roast, some dry chocolate, and noce balance of woody bourbon. Taste is the same, cherry forward with some roasted malt and rich chocolate balancing. The bourbon is interwoven very gently towards the back adding subtle depth. Body is thick and creamy, not heavy. Assertive carbonation and very smooth. Light wood notes come out as it warms more towards the forefront.

Shared from bottle with me from a generous BA at Dark Lord day 2010.

A-pours a dark brown, pretty much black liquid with a dark tan colored head, tight and creamy, that lingers for a little and leaves so nice lace on the glass

S-the nose is quite nice, bourbon right up front, not overpowering but present. Light notes of chocolate and molasses come in towards the middle. The back has tart ripe cherries.

T-nice bourbon notes come in right up front with hints of oak and vanilla right behind. Molasses and some dark chocolate come in at the middle with sweet cherries and a nice tartness coming in at the finish.

M-this is extremely smooth and creamy, so nice on the palate. It is medium to full in body with a nice light carbonation to make it slide down the throat but hold throughout the drink

D-this is delicious, one of the best beers I got to have at DLD. The bourbon and oak is done so well, the stout flavors are great and the cherry and tartness add a whole other dimension

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. Been wanting to try this brew for quite some time, glad I finally have the chance! It pours out nearly black, with only a thin, thin outline of ruby and dark brown. The tan-espresso head shows excellent staying power and clings to the sides of my cup quite nicely. Very impressive looking brew so far.

The aroma is rich, sweet cherry juice meets smooth bourbon-soaked oak chips. Lots of cherry and lots of bourbon barrel presence, both competing in a compelling game of king of the hill. The cherries provide a touch of sweet, tart, a syrupy, while the barrel, aside from bourbon and oak, introduces some nice vanilla notes. It's got a roasted malt backdrop, but it goes largely unnoticed due to the bourbon barrel cherry aromas.

First sip... cherry juice. Sweet, cherry juice. Some warming bourbon and oak, light tannins. Second sip... more cherries, and perhaps some darker fruits, like prunes, that come along with a mild, up-front tartness. More vanilla and oak, bourbon warms up a bit more. Third sip... I'm pulling a little more out of the barrel now, as I start getting some coconut that mixes nicely with the vanilla.

The mix of cherry tartness, barrel goodness, and malty sweetness forms a unique combo that keeps my palate guessing with each and every sip. Many people aren't fans of mixing dark malts and any form of tartness, but sometimes - it just works. And this is one of those times. Very nice, lingering finish with molasses, cocoa, maraschino cherry, vanilla, and dry oak. The mouth feel could be a bit more boisterous; medium bodied, oily, slick, and carbonated well.

This one didn't let me down. I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and even more than most of the other people on this website, it seems. Ready for me to blow your mind? I'd take this beer over Bourbon Barrel Batch 9,000 and BCS Cherry Rye. It reigns superior in drinkability over both by avoiding cloying levels of sweetness and never showing too much heat in the bourbon character. Plus I love the pureness of the tart cherries. All around, a very nice brew from Bell's.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Wow ... stout, bourbon and cherry all in one bottle. Our mouths are salivating before we even pop the cap.

Pours a tight and multi-sized, bubbled brown lace, which holds its own, nearly pitch-black in color. Smells of a really good but scary hunch punch (meaning booze and juice mixed together). The bourbon does come out a little bit further in the aroma with some vanilla and wood. Both the bourbon and tart cherry flavors backhand the taste buds a few times and the taste buds respond with, "Thank you, may I have another?" As soon as the palate becomes accustomed to the booze and fruit, it focuses in on the stout characteristic of char and cocoa powder, though some of that char could have come from the barrel, depending on freshness. Quick kiss of alcohol, though it stays somewhat tame for 8.5-percent ABV. Slight astringent wood tone in the drying finish.

A straight-up sipper here, even a 12-ounce bottle will take a good while to go through ... regardless of how you want to tackle this beer, it is a lot of fun to drink.

Photo of warnerry
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe 2012 version

A – Pours deep brown, essentially black with very little head and no lacing.

S – Nice bourbon aroma. Actually a little subtle, but in a good way. Lots of vanilla, some oak and caramel, only a little noticeable alcohol. Some nice tart cherry coming through as well.

T – Tart cherry is much more prominent in the taste. The barrel aging is a very nice complement here, providing some depth in the flavor with vanilla and caramel, and subtle oak. I’m not a huge fan of the regular cherry stout, which seems a bit one-dimensional and thin, but this is very enjoyable.

M – Medium mouthfeel, not particularly heavy. Starts tart, and actually has a bit of earthy bitterness on the finish.

O – Trying not to overrate this just because it is barrel-aged, but this is much better than regular Cherry Stout. It is a meaty beer, but not overly heavy in any way really. Hope they make this more regularly.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, purchased at the brewery, pours the expected dark mahogany, almost black, very dark tan head and then sheeting and splotchy lace. Cherry, sour and alcohol in the nose, then more of the same, sour cherry, dark malts, coffee, wood, smoke, more alcohol and chalky drying in the finish. Strong and flavorful, more Bells quality.

Photo of boatshoes
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle as an extra in a recent first time trade with Dyan. Thanks a bunch, excited about reviewing this one!

Appearance- Pours with a surprisingly massive and pillowy two finger brown head over a completely opaque black that doesn't let any light in. Head retains very well and settles down to about half a finger for awhile before finally diminishing to a fine layer over the surface of the beer. My New Belgium snifter keeps the carbonation surprisingly lively as well in the center of the brew, with beading surfacing throughout the drinking experience. Very nice looking.

Smell- Really like the nose on this one. Lots of huge notes of sweet malt, roastiness, caramel, and chocolate come through initially. I predominately notice the malt and chocolate tones before catching some astringent bite that suggests a little bit of the cherry and some booze showing through. Very sweet smelling but combines nicely with that little bit of bite in the nose as well to balance out.

Taste- Interesting. The bourbon certainly makes this a bit of a different animal from the normal cherry stout. Initally I get chocolate again, lots of sweet malts with a touch of roastiness, and some vanilla from the bourbon. However, these flavors are followed closely by a sharp bite of cherry and alcohol. The sharp bite is much more prominent in the taste than in the nose and competes a little bit with the sweeter, vanilla elements from the barrels. However, this competition isn't bad, just two sides of the the same coin in this beer. The flavors could use to meld a touch more, but they do somewhat as the beer warms. That being said, I really dig the combination of the cherry and the bourbon actually. A lot going on.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- For the unique style, drinkability is fairly high on this beer. The sharp bite of the cherry does well to take on the sweeter nature of bourbon and allows this brew to be much more drinkable than it might be otherwise. That being said, in terms of mouthfeel, I did find the alcohol to be somewhat prominent and the brew to be a bit on the thin side overall for a bourbon barrel aged stout. However, it was not so bad as to detract from the overall qualities of this beer.

Overall, a very interesting and unique beer to put through the bourbon barrels. The aging only served to make it more unique. Comes with my recommendation. Thanks again Dyan!

Photo of weonfire
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the in a 10oz snifter at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, Ky.

A - Dark dark brown almost black. rim of glass is a deep burgundy. snifter was pout to brim of glass so not much head available. small light brown head.

S - Cherry, and cherry, chocolate and cherry, other aged fruit maybe?

T - yep, cherry is in there. chocolate. bourbon comes thru.

M - nice and think. not at think and dominating as either of the bells 9000s tho.

O - while i may have stressed the cherries a bit much - everything is blended very well. yes, it will be a bit sweet for some folks but i really enjoyed it. I would order this again.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bells, review from notes. Thanks to Kevin for this one!

A: Pours practically black with very little head or lacing.

T: Very nice aroma, a combination of light bourbon, vanilla, and oak with some slightly tart cherry and some caramel.

T: Tart cherry mixed with some vanilla and caramel. A bit of chocolate and coffee with caramel and a little roasty malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly tart.

O: Really enjoyed this beer, the hint of tartness mixed in with the bourbon and stout flavors works nicely.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep impenetrable black color with a small tan head that receds pretty quickly leaving a nice ring and ok lacing.

Nose is really akward. cream, bourbon barrels, really sweet cherries. Strange smell. The mixture of the cherries and bourbon heat kinda make this one smell like some bad flavored smirnoff. That sounds harsh, but i dont mean it in a horrible way, just an akward way.

Wow. Taste is pretty good. quite good actually. Nice roasted malt and cherry flavor. The barrel aging is noticeable and a bit hot, but not bad. Bourbon flavor mixes well. Adds a bit of a vanilla character to the cherries which makes for nice complexity without getting crazy cloying and hot.

Mouthfeel is about where it should be. Not too thick for the massive amounts of flavor shining through. Carbonation is right on, good QC there at Bell's.

Drinkability is ok, but i can't see taking down more than one of these at a time due to the richness.

Overall a very complex and interesting beer. I like the combination of the wood vanilla action and the cherries. A fine beer, one i wouldn't mind putting some age on just to see what happens. Good beer.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again, thanks to hoppymeal for this one. You've sent me way too much great beer, man.

Appearance: It's very dark and looks onyx in color. No light is getting through at all. Very ominous. It's capped with a darker mocha colored head. It only reached a finger deep and dissipated with haste. Carbonation appears to be quite active.

Smell: The nose is very strong on buttered toffee initially. The more I stick with it, it becomes apparent that it's the predominant aroma. There's a nice bourbon scent that comes through at the secondary level. I don't know what to expect. It smells like it's more of a complementary element. I'm hoping that's the case. Not much cherry is appreciable on the nose. There's a little, but it's very faint. Smells like a healthy amount of roasted and chocolate malts were used. It smells good, but it's a little heavy on buttered toffee.

Taste: The flavor profile is kicked off with buttered toffee. It is a strong flavor and I'm not a huge fan of it. Roasted and chocolate malts give it a solid base that's a little sweet. A nice bourbon flavor creeps in and improves it quite a bit. It is more of a complementary player and plays that role nicely. Vanilla and light cherry are noted and add some quality depth and character. It's slightly boozy and runs a tad warm. It's not enough to offend me, but it is notable. Finishes sweet and warm.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and feels too thin. It'd be better with a fuller body. Carbonation is also a little high and buzzy. Drinkability is above average. The feel is alright and it's got a good flavor. But, the buttered toffee aspect will make one of these more than enough.

Barrel Aged Cherry Stout is good beer. It's a ways away from excellent beer. It's got a good, deep flavor. But, there's too much buttered toffee. If that'd could be eliminated or softened, this beer would be much better. Overall, I enjoyed it and am glad I had the opportunity. But, can't help but that about what could've been. Thanks, Derek.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice mocha head. Great retention and a thick collar.

Smell - Very oaky. Nice bourbon. Deep cherry. Kinda chocolatey.

Taste - The bourbon is the highlight. Nice oaky vanilla. Black bitter chocolate. Cherry flavor isn't as tart as regular.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Not very heavy or sweet. Well carbonated.

Overall - High quality beer. Covers up the parts of the base beer I don't love.

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into my Bell's Tulip glass. Huge thanks to Hoppymeal for helping hook me up with this!

Pours a dense black with a finger of burnt looking tan fizzy head. Quite the active carbonation too, as this one spurts and spits as it peters down pretty quicky but then settles into a thin creamy retention. Nice patches of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is naturally strong with Bourbon, with huge, sweet, vanilla notes coming out the most in the nose. There is just a bit of sour cherry underneath but make no mistake, this bouquet belongs to the Bourbon character!

The taste posesses much more of the cherry tartness than the aroma does, actually being fairly prominent and is balanced out by notes of chocolate and vanilla sweetness. There is also some additional dry Bourbon sweetness that comes out in the finish and lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly lighter feel than you would think (which is also true of the regular Cherry Stout). This does seem to have more of a slick feel though and not as much carbonation as the regular version. There is also a good bit of warmth delivered via the Bourbon character that comes off a little too brazenly at times.

The Bell's Cherry Stout seems to be quite a polarizing beer (I happen to like it) but I think that this Bourbon aging really adds something special to it. There is a nice balance between the cherry tartness and vanilla oak notes that works well together. The Bourbon itself though seems a bit too forcefull at times though and I'm interested to see how age will maybe help temper that some. Quite the interesting (and tasty) take on one of their staple seasonals.

Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy sincereNC for sharing this one with the table at the ORF '11 release! Served from bottle into a sampler snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, dark chocolate, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, dark chocolate, wood, and sour cherry. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. This one was one of the highlights on the morning for me if I am honest. This was really pleasant and tasty much to my surprise. I really wish this one would have come in a larger format bottle so I could have drank this all morning. Really glad I got the chance to try this one as I would definitely try to seek this one out to have it again.

Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap today at Bell's.

A- Pours a very dark brown nearly black color. Holding this up to the light it doesn't let any light in at all. No head on the beer given to me. No lacing at all. I really didn't expect much with a ABV of 11%.

S- They served this in a snifter I have to say first. Upon smelling this all I picked up at first was a merlot aroma and nothing really much else. Once this warmed a little I picked up more tart cherry undertones. I really didn't pick out too much bourbon or even barrel qualities that I figured I would. Still all in all this is a very good smelling beer.

T- Big tart cherry upfront in this beer. It comes through more than in the taste than in the aroma. Right after that there is some chocolate sweetness that comes in and out with the cherry notes as well. Some hints of oak and bourbon in this but nothing too overpowering at all.

M- This had a heavy mouthfeel to it. The carbonation in this was around where it should be. The beer itself moves around the palate in a sluggish cherry slothlike state. Leaves hints of cherry and bourbon in the palate and in the aftertaste.

D- This beer is very drinkable but only in small doses. I would like to drink this a lot but alas with it sitting in at 11% I wouldn't be able to drink a whole lot.

Photo of KYGunner
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was not a fan of the Bells Cherry Stout, gave it a 3, but you can put just about anything in a barrel and it's good. Well never have I seen an improvement of a base beer more than in this gem. This is not overly complex in the nose or flavor but what it does is temper the cherry and add the vanilla from the barrel. Suddenly this becomes a chocolate covered cherry in a vanilla milkshake. The balance is remarkable and the flavors are never cloying. I absolutely loved this beer and hope it becomes more available.

Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft. Pours black with a tan head. All sorts of stuff going on here, some caramel, raisin, light chocolate. Very dry and clean, the cherry tart at the finish. Very interesting. Pretty drinkable, but you wouldn't want too many of these. A huge improvement over the regular cherry stout. Seen this classified as a sweet stout, may be a bit more fitting.

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of swnicholson in Black Booty 3.

A: The ale is pitch black, moonless midnight, with a cordovan brown colored head. That head swelled to almost two fingers before receding like a deflated moon bounce.

S: The ale smells like a butter rum dumdum, only thick with boozy potential. Vanilla is strong, matching the butter rum. Wild cherry lingers just below the surface but is not as strong as in the original.

T: The bourbon intensity from the nose settles into a groove in the taste, far more relaxed. The cherries manage to make themselves knwon, in fact they dominate the taste with a sour-sweet body. After the initial blast of tartness, butter rum sweetness emerges. While I've never come across butter rum in a bourbon barrel, the sweetness pairs nicely with the cherry. A medicinal sweetness follows the barrel and springs from the tartness. A nice twist on the original cherry stout.

M: The mouthfeel is pleasingly tart. The butter rum from the bourbon barrel is different but I think that it works in this ale.

D: The ale is a little too heavy to really crack into. This bottle is a nice nightcap.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased today from Bells General Store, this is a recently released batch #7777 ('07 Cherry Stout?).

It pours a rich tone on very dark brown, and becomes an opaque black in the glass. A creamy tan head emerges and retains itself.

Lactic cherry aroma reminds me of yogurt, and there's also a good dose of chocolate and an undercurrent of whiskey and buttery oak.

Flavors are unusual at first, but the complexity reveals itself in time. Big chocolate cherry cordial, dry oak barrel, and mild bourbon notes in the finish. It has a milky, lactose creaminess to it. There's a mild bitterness, similar to dark chocolate. Cherry is a component of the whole, and doesn't dominate.

Overall a very tasty and creative brew from Bells.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a small dirty brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet cherry juice with roasted malt notes and loads of black chocolate notes as well. Taste is also a nice balance mix between some semi-sweet cherry juice (taste like real cherry and not some fake syrup) with loads of black chocolate malt notes and a light dry roasted malt finish. Oak was not to apparent. Body is quite full with good carbonation for style with no apparent alcohol. I usually don't like so much sweetness in my stout but this one was interesting enough.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a trade a little ways back but had not gotten around to trying it, so here it goes. Served at cellar temp in a goblet. Consumed on 08/28/2008.

Poured a very nice deep, dark brown, with a little bit of a whispy head of light lace going through it. Easy settle down produced a nice crown that stuck with it throughout the session. Very nice side glass lace thoroughly coated the entire glass.

The aroma was deep rich cherry juice juice, with a hint of bourbon and lots of wood. Some light notes of vanilla mixed in as well, though nothing terribly strong here. The flavor was much more of the same, the bourbon did not seem fully immersed in the profile yet, maybe needs to time to really come out, but lots of fresh cherry flavor, hints at molasses and vanilla and a nice alcohol warming in the finish. Smooth, consistent full bodied feel with a nice rounded carbonation profile. A definite sipper, and the warming led me to believe this was at aleast above 8%, but where it fell I could not tell.

Overall I was very pleased with this one. Good change from the original with some nice differences, some subtle, with the bourbon, and some a little more pronounced. Either way a solid beer I would not mind having again anytime.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, batch 7777. Pours black in color with a tan foamy head. Head trickles down to a thin layer rather quickly.

Oak, bourbon and vanilla notes up front. A whiff of sour cherry and alcohol. Very nice aroma.

A slight roasty note, with some tart, but not overly sour cherry. Nice bourbon note, with some tannins that seem to dry things out. Decent heat from the alcohol makes this a sipper.

Maybe a bit too much carbonation here. Still, very enjoyable.

Photo of mikedashg
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 bottle on 03/29. Bottle label printed with: 7777. Very black with a little bit of brown tint to it and a bubbly brown 3/4" head.

S: Smells a little boozy, but mostly cherry, roasted malts of a typical stout and a little vanilla.

T: A nice but fairly light bourbon flavor is first to come on the pallet, followed by a malty chocolate stout, with a nice sweet/tart cherry finish. A little bit like a boozy chocolate covered cherry. The bourbon isn't as strong as some of the bourbon barrel stouts I've had, it's not overly bourbon, but still nicely present. The cherry makes itself known for sure! Almost dominated a little too much. Pretty tart and a little sweet (mostly tart).

M: Fairly high carbonation and full rich body. Carbonation is almost a little too much initially. But letting it warm up subsided this factor. Overall mouthfeel is great. Not too thin, not too thick.

D: The sweet tart cherries, the bourbon, and the stout makes this one a little hard for me to drink more then one in a sitting. Glad it was a 12oz bottle and not a 22 :D.

Photo of rallison
2.57/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Just like SacoDeToro, I was hoping the first bottle I had was a fluke with the diacetyl. Not so much..

This beer looks nice, but the first smell is butterscotch with cherry and some chocolate mixed in. This is one of the most diacetyl-laden beers I have smelled.

The taste is decent given that you don't concentrate on the smell. Good, creamy imperial stout with nice cherry notes. However, I cannot get past the diacetyl on this beer.

Good mouthfeel - low to medium carbonation with a nice richness. Drinkability is low for me given the flaws.

Not recommended. Kill that diacetyl and you've got a pretty decent beer. As is, I've heard there are things called drains. I've also heard you can pour things into them. I wonder, what happens when you pour something like this into this new-fangled thing called a drain. Oh, right - order is restored in the universe.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, darker than I was expecting. A three finger dark tan head lies on top, settling slowly into half an inch of thick foam.

Smell: Strange - a very homogenous mix of sweet and tart cherries, chocolate, bourbon and butterscotch. The aroma becomes more pleasant as it warms.

Taste & mouthfeel: Cherries up front, sweet and sour, with bourbon barrel flavors of tannic oak, caramel, vanilla and a hint of butter. The dark roasty stout flavors come out more in the aftertaste, leaving a bit of charred bitterness on the tongue. Medium-to-full in body and silky smooth, this beer is deceptively mellow - I'm guessing this is at least 9% ABV.

Notes: Thanks to fiver29 for a unique and delicious brew. Bell's continues to impress me.

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner provided by hopdog(this guy never quits)...
Appears an opaque black with a small tan head that holds nice retention. Tons of spotty lacing left all over the glass.
Smell is of bourbon, cocoa, cherry, rhubarb, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and oak.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a buttery, milk and cream flavor coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, oaky, sugary, sweet, and balanced. Another beautiful and complex stout from Bell's.

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Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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