Cherry Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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."

Added by Mitchster on 01-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,743
Reviews:
1,044
Ratings:
2,617
pDev:
16.1%
 
 
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115
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Photo of Darkstar8142
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cherry flavor to it

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Photo of ajm5108
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I didn’t really pick-up a tremendous amount of cherry flavor, just little flashes here or there, but the base stout is kinda bland & washed-out, also pretty thin

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Photo of Hallbrauhaus
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shade1951
2.71/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Surprisingly creamy on first tasting it. Tart cherry flavor prevails, with some chocolate. Upon further sipping, I found the flavor to be somewhat cloying. Not that it's sweet, though there's a hint of sweetness. Just that the combination of earthy, roasty flavors with tartness and chocolate didn't work for me. It began to taste, for want of a better word, "dirty."

Also, there is a tart, but slightly medicinal aftertaste that lingers between sips.

Interesting, but just not for me.

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Photo of Sexmortus
1.78/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billet
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/2017, very well printed date. Shelf life is rated for 12 months, probably longer would be fine too. This is an excellent Cherry Stout, the flavor has a nice mix of chocolate and tart cherries. It has a strong flavor but still clean tasting. It is certainly not mild. It seems to be getting smoother with some age on it. Very nice!

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Photo of steevo24
2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a thin dark tan head that disappears quickly. Smells of chocolate and cherry. Tastes, well, more like a chocolate cherry soda than a stout. Fairly carbonated as well. Not a bad beverage, but certainly not what I expected.

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Photo of Samputnam14
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hellpop65
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeriSullivan
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of norinco
4.34/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chilmer
2.74/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeLev
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this like no other Bell's...

The thing that made me stop actually pouring the beer in mid-stream was the dark, ruby-red color of the liquid, it was unlike anything I have poured to date. The smell was an altos perfect blend of cherries, cocoa, and the booziness that it contains at 7% ABV. The mouthfeel is very thick, creamy, and certainly heavy without being oppressive as I have tried in others. The taste was part sweet, part tart, and with only a touch of heat from the booze - truly outstanding. Bell's is one of those brewers I wish I could try more, but rarely get the chance. I'm glad this showed up in my local beer store.

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Photo of Paul_Apsley
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casey_L
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Quackershnoc
1.27/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

totally black; mocha head that leaves islands and rims around

kinda weird smell; the tart cherry comes out strong and doesn’t really jive with the rich, toasted malt aromas; hints of coffee and chocolate; some kind of sweetness gets in there too

wow…this is totally dominated by tart cherries; I can barely taste anything else; there is some roasted malt in the middle; some coffee on the finish, but this is straight cherry juice and someone accidentally spilled a little stout in it

juicy; slightly creamy; medium-bodied

I really do not like this beer at all (and it pains me to say this, because I love Bells!); in no way do I want to finish this beer; I have another and I might cellar it for a year or two and see if it mellows out some, because this is so extremely unbalanced that I really cannot drink it; a complete miss/mess; drainpour

From notes taken on 10/25/2013

UPDATE: 12/15/2017
I aged the other bottle. It was still completely disgusting. Drainpour.

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Photo of Kdouble
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Dark brown clear body with a two finger head.

Aroma – Cherry, coffee, bitter chocolate.

Taste – Sweet, light cherries atop rich roasted malt.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and very creamy.

Overall – A well balanced beer that did not lose its stout character in the fruit.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 2,617 ratings