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

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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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#40,382
Reviews:
1,029
Ratings:
2,567
pDev:
16.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,567 |  Reviews: 1,029
Photo of bendukes86
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rgk3
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with tan/brown head. Roasty malt, tart Michigan cherry smell and taste, the only hint of bitterness is in the dark chocolate flavor. Nice different kind of stout--a change from all the bourbon barrel stouts I've been enjoying. The wife is not a stout drinker, but does enjoy this one.

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Photo of Squire123
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, almost black color with light brown cap.

Aroma first of ripe figs, followed by chocolaty malt and something brightly herbal in the background.

Taste on entry is where I first notice the cherry. I was expecting something cough drop like but it isn't, more like ripe black wild cherry. Main flavors are roasted malt with accompanying bitterness along with some earthy wild mushroom touches that hold into the aftertaste.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

This is an odd duck which seems neither to swim or fly and walks clumsily. If you're going to impose a cherry flavor on a dark, bitter Stout this dryish black cherry flavor is probably a good choice because it goes along without conflict. At 7% this may have been designed as an after dinner finisher but it's too bitter to fill that role for me.

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Photo of Calraven
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MinerBob
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a beautiful stout color with a dark brown sugar head. The smell is dark chocolate with some cherry. The flavor is funky not at all what I was expecting. It's more tart than sweet cherry. Not a bad beer but with so many great stouts out there nothing I'd buy again.

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Photo of Lucular
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a typical stout, nice and dark with a slight head. Taste is initially very strange, not just sour cherry but almost funky. It grew on me and by the end I was thoroughly enjoying the odd combination of flavors.

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

Photo of SHODriver
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate and cherries
T: Taste is a surprising amount of cherry on the front end, bitter roasted malts, dark chocolate and a little coffee. Slight smoky note as well but the tart cherry is there in force. Swallow is more dark chocolate and roasted malts with a touch of burnt sugar and smoke with some lingering cherry
M: This beer has a fairly full and slightly creamy body. Carbonation is just below prickly and adequate for the style. The beer has a drying finish as well which is expected.
O: Overall this is an odd one. The cherry is a bit too strong for my liking and really overshadows the rest of the base beer, This has potential but I think it could use some tweaks to balance things out.

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Photo of Roguer
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Good head production and OK retention; body is a nice very dark brown, and head is a dark tan.

Aroma features plenty of roast, and slightly tart dark fruit. Cherries are hard to pick out of the fruity notes I often find in stouts. Chocolate and coffee from the malt.

Chocolate up front, and a very tart edge from the cherries. Smooth chocolate in the middle. Very nutty finish: peanuts, pecans, and a healthy dose of char.

Body is shockingly thick and smooth for a 7% ABV stout; damn near chewy, while maintaining a lively carbonation sting. Long sticky finish.

This is a very tasty beer. I would prefer a sweeter, less tart representation of cherries, and adding actual chocolate would likely put it over the top. As it is, this is a very solid offering, delivers on the promise on the label, and should be a welcome addition at any local taproom.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Cherry Stout, 7% ABV. Pours black with not much head. Nose is cherry, taste is moderately tart cherry, with no perceivable bitterness. Not much flavor depth, quite one note. OK mouthfeel, overall very good.

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Photo of Suds
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Utterly black with a serious mid-sized light brown head. The aroma is a pleasant mix of cocoa and cherries....roasted notes and distant espresso roast. The taste has a notable slight tart cherry flavor, combined with a roasted barley stout taste. Nice combination, but the cocoa from the aroma didn’t follow to the taste. Full in body and drinkable.

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Photo of BJB13
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip style pint glass.

Looks tasty enough pouring into the glass with a decent, slightly reddish medium brown foam capping a dark brown body. The head fades to a weak ring with minimal lacing in a few minutes.

Unfortunately the sweet cola like aroma isn't very pronounced. The taste isn't bad, opening semi-sweet with a tart cherry finish to balance. I do get a slight metallic tang that is starting to build along with the tart cherry. The flavor may be bold but the feel is a bit timid.

This is definitely interesting but not one for me. To be clear I am not a fan of sours, this may be more enjoyable to someone who is.

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Photo of onlymurderers
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of michaelbrian
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mchegash
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: A deep brown with hints of ruby. A large amount of luscious chocolate-milk brown head.

S: Cherries, booze, dark malts

T: Tart cherries, dark and roasty malts, a quite a bit of booziness. The tart cherry flavor is a nice twist on the typical stout. Sweet but not too much so. But I don't really understand why this beer tastes so boozy.

F: Medium-full bodied. Low bitterness. Low-ish carbonation.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel glass.

The beer is almost as black as dirty motor oil with a dark cream colored head. The foam recedes to a large circular patch leaving light spots and squiggles of lacing.

The aroma is a nice blend of tart cherry juice and dark milk chocolate, giving it a cordial cherry kind of aroma if you think about it, and a subtle hint of alcohol.

The beer tastes like the aroma with tart cherry notes attacking the taste buds followed by a rich layer of roasted malts and rich chocolate. The finish is tangy.

The beer feels medium bodied, slightly dry, and fairly smooth for 7% ABV.

Overall, the tart cherry taste dominates the beer, and maybe more subtle creaminess would make it a little bit easier to swallow. The individual parts stand out well but don’t blend together quite as well as I hoped.

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Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with some ruby hues and a tan/red head. Smells of cherries, juice, and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, sour cherries, some sweetness, and roasted malts. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Overall it’s a very delicious cherry stout but could use some more body.

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Photo of kinggimp
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ob512316
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: black with a reddish tan small head.
Smell: chocolate, coffee, and cherry. First choclate, then a hint of coffee, and finally cherry.
Taste: same as it smells the cherry at the end is tart. It reminds me of chocolate covered cherries.
Feel: Middle of the road stout, nothing too strong, or too weak.
Overall: this beer great, tastes like chocolate covered cherries, which is a good thing.

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Photo of moundbz
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of classixIII
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 2,567 ratings
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