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

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Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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
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#41,139
Reviews:
1,037
Ratings:
2,597
pDev:
16.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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

Photo of Isarnan
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I personally think this is fantastic.

Smell:
On the nose, right away I get notes of chocolate, with toasty/smoked scent. The cherries come into play next, with tart and sweet (really cherry-like) aromas. Overall, the nose was prominent of chocolate, with some toasty/smoky scent, with cherry smells backing them up.
Taste:
Malt, chocolate, and of course, cherries. The malt level was superb, and blended really nicely with the chocolate which gave it a really solid mouth feel. Initially, it was straight malt and chocolate, but not in an overly sweet way. The backend was where the cherry flavor came through. More tart that sweet, but I really liked that. I was worried it was going to be a Lizard of Koz experience, where the sweetness and tartness was way out of balance. I found in this case, it was more stout-y than tart or sweet, and that the cherries complemented the smoky/malty complexity of the stout. This stout didn’t lose focus on being a stout, which is what I was hoping for. The smell backs up the taste, and the cherry was not overpowering, enabling it to remain as a desired stout.
Poured little to no head, but had a good solid mouthfeel. All in all, I was weary of it despite the reviews. I actually really liked it and enjoyed it. I found it enjoyable right out of the fridge too, and warming it up a bit did not seem to make a huge difference. I can see where some might not like it, but it hit the spot for me tonight.
I definitely think it is worth a try!
It was bottled on 10/04/17 for extra info. Bells says it has a shelf life of 12 months.

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Photo of ColSanders123
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zonker17
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a reddish hue on the edge, no head or lacing. Roasted malt nose with hint of cherry. Taste disjointed, smokiness and fruit not coming together. Heavy body and low carbonation.

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Photo of Korymiller
1.98/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of dd53grif
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drunkenmess
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jsalz21
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark and with a dark tan and ruby head that sticks around a bit. Laces pretty nice. Smell isn’t strong but chocolate and cherry are sensed. Medium carbonation. Taste has a lot of cherry going on. Not sweet but more tart cherry. Some good chocolate as well, more like a dark semi sweet chocolate. I personally found it enjoyable.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Crowdedcouch
4.69/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Very smooth, cherry adds sweetness but not over powering.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BenHoppy
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of patre_tim
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown to black with a ruby tinge, topped with a finger of beige head.

Smells of dark, toasted malts, black liquorice, umamai, slightly smoky, with hints of cherries.

Tastes of dark toasted malts, charred and slightly smoky, then comes the fresh cherry juice, which isn't sweet but offers an almost watery cherry popsicle note to it.

Medium body, covers the ABV, slightly watery, with minimal carbonation.

Got this in Syracuse, NY Dec 31st, 2017, where I a m drinking it at my hotel. Slightly disappointing, but I would really love to try the barrel aged version.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black with small bubble head
Smell: Not overly aromatic. If you stick your nose in the glass, you do get some cherry and chocolate
Taste: Cherry first and foremost, although a bit synthetic tasting like a medicine. Dark chocolate mixes in creating a cordial type of taste
Feel: Medium body, not much in the way of carbonation feel, it's rather minor. A bit thick going down.
Overall: An interesting beer with lots of cherry flavor, not much on the nose. Would not hunt down, but also would not turn down if offered.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 2,597 ratings