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

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 303
Gots: 40 | FT: 7
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:
American-style stout with tart Michigan cherries aged in bourbon barrels from various distilleries.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 07-21-2007)
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4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the highlight of the first ever Stumelagram Event ... Oak!, BOURBON!!!, cherries, cherry liquer, brandy..!!! .... Complex as the entire universe!! ... sweet and wild... oily ... i didn't want this to end.. just an amazing beer that i will think of on my deathbed.. bell's!

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured a midnight black with no light getting through. A 1/2 dark brown head that quickly vanished leaving only a thin cap.
Smell - First of let me star of by saying wow. This beer has a sweet vanilla and tart cherries up front followed by some dark choc and bourbon. Very complex very nice.
Taste - Tart cherries bourbon some sweet vanilla and a oak/nut flavor as well. Very well balanced.
Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy. good carbonation and the alcohol is vey well hidden.
Drinkability - This was a great beer. I new it would be good but not this good.

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4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Keystone Bar and Grill in Hyde Park - Cincinnati.

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

A: Very dark - not quite motor oil-like, but close. Fizzy, bubbly head that settles into a thin ring.

S: Smell is awesome. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon-forward, oak, and slight cherry.

T: Follows the nose, with a little less bourbon than I would expect - but it's about the perfect amount. The tartness of the cherries is awesome. Vanilla and chocolate balance the whole thing perfectly. Some roastiness comes through also, but not enough to negatively affect the flavor at all.

M: Medium-full body with little carbonation. Moderately creamy and oddly finishes a little dry.

O: This one was money. Really glad I found it on tap. The balance and complexity of this is really amazing. Good amount of tart, sweet, and barrel was something almost unrivaled.

Justin_Neff, Feb 10, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color here is deep mahogany; light red at the top; no head; minimal lacing; boozy on the nose, slightly sweet; very bourbon-y in flavor; very faint smell/taste of cherry; delicious and extremely well balanced...dank! This is honestly one of the finest bourbon barrel offerings I've had in a tap room EVER.

SkeeterBoganski, Nov 11, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with a monstrous, creamy brown head. The head retention is astounding and it is so dense that is dimples the top of the beer.

S- Lots of sweet vanilla and some tart cherries in there as well. There is an almost red wine characteristic to this that is fantastic. When you really get in there, some chocolate and coffee are noticeable as well. It is amazingly complex and I cannot stop smelling it.

T- Vanilla, tart cherries, coffee and chocolate. There is some oakiness and nuttiness in there as well. Very smooth and not too tart, everything seems to blend really well together.

M- Very smooth and creamy. The carbonation level is wonderful. Whatever the alcohol level, it is hidden very well.

D- I am absolutely blown away by this. I was not expecting this beer to be as delicious as it was. It is sort of a sipper, but it is smooth and tasty as hell. What a treat.

david131, Jun 13, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a tan head that goes away fast. In the aroma, BOURBON, and a small hint of cherry. In the taste, bourbon, vanilla, small cherry, roasty coffee and chocolate. A smooth and big body mouthfeel, and a semi dry to clean bourbon aftertaste. Great flavor, and big bourbon. I bet this will age very well.

OWSLEY069, Aug 30, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up straight from the General Store. Brew is sitting at around 11.5% according to the staff on hand.

Pours deep brown leaning towards black. Decent head which disappears rather quickly. Decent lacing, the beer like to stick to the side of the glass.

Smell of sweet bourbon and cherries. Almost a butterscotch aroma.

Smooth bourbon taste upfront along with sweet tart cherry flavor. Vanilla and a definite woody barrel quality to the flavor/

Mouthfeel is full but very smooth. Not overly carbonated but well suited.

Very drinkable. Not overwhelming. The aged version is much better than the standard Cherry Stout. With the higher ABV stated to me, makes this brew all the more drinkable, alcohol is hidden well.

kzoobrew, Jun 28, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Anwar for this bottle!
I don't know what it is, but Larry has a knack for picking the right barrels and amount of time for his beers. This along with the BA Expo/DC, BA Java, BA Third Coast are all exceptionally done.
The balance between bourbon and cherry is perfect. Only on a few sips did the bourbon dominate. Mostly they were neck and neck fighting for the forefront. Delicious mouthfeel. Very good BA undertones. The oak, vanilla everything melds well together with the cherry. Good mouthfeel.
I'm still waiting on the straight BA Expedition! Bottle some of that for a brotha!

FtownThrowDown, Feb 13, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade (thanks Derek!!!).

Poured a dark black with brown edges and an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of wood/oak, vanilla, the cherries were present but not overpowering, some bourbon, and light smoke. Tastes of cherries (starts out sweet and ends lightly tart), vanilla, oak, bourbon, some roastiness, and light chocolate. Creamy body with the alcohol well hidden. Cherry burps. I found neither the cherries or bourbon was over done and worked well together. I had this one after dinner and it made a great dessert.

Notes from 6/4/08

hopdog, Nov 13, 2008
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4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of an epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co.

A-black in color with no head
S-nice blend of bourbon and cherry
T-very tart taste up front but a smooth bourbon finish. Very sweet at the end
M-medium bodied and smooth
O-very good. Age has done a lot for this

brew3crew, Mar 19, 2011
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Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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