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

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American Stout
Ranked #923
Ranked #43,762
3.58 | pDev: 15.92%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Cherry StoutCherry Stout
Notes: "A mysterious dance of tart Michigan cherries with the dark, roasted malts of a big and bold stout." and "Stout brewed with cherry juice."
Reviews: 1,062 | Ratings: 2,672 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by matcris:
Photo of matcris
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled: 11/13/15.
Black, no light coming through up to the light. A finger of dark tan head that quickly settles to a ring. Good looking carbonation when rocking the glass. The aroma is of brown sugar or thick molasses, milk and dark chocolates, some dark dried fruits like raisins or prunes, and the tartness from the cherry juice is in the background.
Flavor is a nice tart cherry almost immediately that lingers followed by that molasses and chocolate. The beer is really quite tart but not in an off putting way. The feel is average carbonation, a little sticky, medium body. Overall, pretty nice stout. If you like tart chocolate covered cherries with a sticky molasses touch, you might like this.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours seal brown with good opacity and a minimal cap of mocha foam. Aroma smells of molasses and toffee--no cherry to speak of.

The tartness of the cherry juice is definitely noticeable in the taste, however. There’s also an aggressive prickliness on the palate that I can’t place. It would have to be terribly poorly concealed alcohol for this ABV, yet it doesn’t taste quite like spicy hops either. Whatever it is, it’s definitely there, and it’s dominant. The malt flavor is mostly molasses with a bit of roast, but it’s not very pronounced. Some peat comes through in the finish once it’s warm enough. The body is a little thin for the style, but not aggregious, with a slick mouthfeel.

Overall, this is more of a novelty beer than anything. The cherry taste is contrived and achieves no synergy with the rest of the flavor profile. The harsh prickliness is offputting, and there’s just not enough else there to overcome its flaws. If you want cherry, find yourself some New Glarus or a good sour ale.

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Photo of devo1980
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very much enjoyed this thick beer. Fantastic balance between sweet and tart. The Cherry is there, but not overwhelming. Smooth and sweet but not sugary.

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Photo of Suds
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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 vma
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

if you like the taste of tart sours and stouts you should try this beer. it really is good I really enjoyed it

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/13/15; drank 11/28/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small dark khaki head; decent lace.

Blackberry, fresh earth, raw oats & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Tart cherry, cream & raw oat flavors up front; sweet cherry & milk chocolate notes on the finish. A bit messy but certainly flavorful & enjoyable.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep dark brown with a tan head that dissipates. Smells of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and tart cherry. Flavor follows but I can't help but notice a medicinal like aftertaste. Overall, this is a good stout, but may have to revisit from the bottle to give a better opinion. Cheers

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Photo of SB2017
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Somehow this beer smells like an olive. It also has an almost salty taste to it. Overall it's chocolate and cherries, and a little too juicy. I've been meaning to try this beer for some time, as Bell's other stouts have been among my favorites, though this comes across a little thinly. I expect it to grow on me after I get through another couple bottles.

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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 jjamadorphd
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
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 brewdogmrb
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass -- It poured a thick and dark black with a little bit of red. The head was super attractive and also reddish, and it smelled great as soon as it poured. Out of a limited selection of Bell's beers, I chose a fruit beer. Here's why: Michigan is where sour cherries are from, Sour Cherries are one of my favorite fruits, I love a good stout , and Bell's stouts are amongst their most well regarded beers. This 12oz bottle did not disappoint. A big stout with the traditional roasted flavors, big amounts of coffee and chocolate, balanced and countered with the sourness from the cherries. Not too much sweetness, and seriously, it smells just great. Not a beer I would drink several of in a row, but it definitely lives up to its reputation and I can't wait to get into more of the Bell's.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Grant_Satterthwaite
4.54/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burgundy color, like the darkest cherry one has ever seen. Somewhat opaque, yet it's difficult to see through it. Smells of tart cherry, not typical of a stout. Some hop character off the nose and slight alcohol astringency. Tastes nearly like it smells, though if you have the expectation that this stout will be traditional, you will be left disappointed. At first I didn't like the taste because I had the expectation that it would be a smooth, chocolatey stout. As I kept drinking it, I found that it was really outstanding no matter how weird it seemed. The cherry flavor was upfront, but there was mild hop bitterness and hints of unsweetened chocolate as well but predominately cherry. The feel was smooth, typical of a stout. Overall, it's definitely worth a try. It's a bit out there, but you could end up like me and really enjoy it.

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Photo of WestmontStorm
2.11/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Did you ever bite into a chocolate candy that's part of an assortment and get the nasty one filled with a fruity gel? If you like those candies, this one's for you. Starts with a nice stoutly flavor then ruined, for me at least, by the sour cherry flavor. Loves Bell's but not this one.

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Photo of LKFH
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: black, with a slight red/brown tint on the edge.

Smell: faint cherry and coffee. Not much aroma.

Taste: sweet, overwhelming cherry. Cherry masks any other flavors. Maybe a slight roastiness hiding under a thick blanket of cherry.

Feel: medium body, mild carbonation.

Overall: not pleasant. Looked and felt much better than it tasted. Dumped after a few sips.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Good"? Really guys?

Pours a dark oily black with some dark purple tints. Head doesn't stay long in the snifter but is pretty to look at. SRM of mmmm... 41.

Aromas of roasted malts and coffee, backed faintly by smashed cherries and cranberry juice.

Mmm. Roast malts come through first, giving an almost coffee-like character to it. Tart fruits - cherry, plum, prune, dark skinned grape - all come soaking through as its left to linger in the mouth. At the end we get a total emulation of blackberry pie, with some cherries added. Why this get poor reviews i dont know. Maybe people don't like pie?

Feel is leathery but smooth, insanely tart, and leaves a parch on the palate. Carbonation is moderate to heavy.

I dont know what to say. I will gladly enjoy the rest of my six pack for months to come. Worth the $16? Yeah, i suppose. At a few dollars cheaper I'd go broke - and i know you know what I'm talking about.

Edit : After letting it age a year, here's what changed :

Hiss does sound as the cap is popped, but there's no head to this beer. Bottom of bottle pours a sludge of sorts. The nose is chocolate covered cherry and coffee beans. The flavor is super bright cherry surrounded by mostly roasted coffee. Coffee just jumped out here from before. Zero chocolate, maybe only a hint of cocoa powder if at all. Oxidation is present. Mildly, but present. Cherry is ever tart. Feel is super buzzing.

For best results, drink fresh, it's about as good as its gonna get. I'll see if I can't throw the others in the dark for four years or so.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cherry aroma in back of a dark roast malt. Surprisinly light on the cherry, sweetens some in time. Black with a medium head that quicly thins to a stable brown layer. Flavors are a pretty good mix of roast malt and cherry, neither overpowering. Tartness in the middle with a bit of sourness that's not unpleasant, but not overly satisfying either. Medium mouthfeel with some chewiness to it. Rather flat, but maybe even a little too flat for me. Balanced well, but the cherry taste was too much of a sour presence, which I found distracting.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip - Aged 1 year

L: Dark black pour with hints of mahogany around the edges. Thin brown head. Spotty lacing.

S: Roast and cocoa... mixed nicely with dark cherry.

T/F: Dark roasted malts provide some nice cocoa and coffee flavors. Cherry is definitely present but not overwhelming... and provides some nice tartness that works with the malty stout. Only medium in body... the low-ish ABV makes it fairly drinkable. Finish is slightly tart and fruity.

O: This seems to be a hit or miss kinda beer for people. If you would enjoy cherries and a slightly tart stout this would probably go over well for you. If those things don't sound appealing you should probably pass.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Probably the darkest beer I've even poured. Pitch black with a mocha colored head that retains for a few seconds.

S: Nice and roasty/toasty with a lot of lactose on the nose. Cherry juice and pomegranate among other dark fruits.

T: Similar to the nose. Hardly any hop presence. Cherry is a little sour, but easily drinkable. The lactose mixes nicely with the roasty/toasty flavors of the brew. Nicely done, just a little unbalanced.

MF/D: Viscous, full bodied, short sour cherry/lactose finish

Definitely recommended, a little different than some of the other styles and a refreshing change.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on September 28th, 2009.

Bell's Cherry Stout pours a dark, dark brown with a thin, fizzy tan head on top.

Bits of chocolate malt and burnt toast rise up from the glass. I also get some roasted coffee beans and possibly the faint hint of cherries. I was expecting some fruit presence in the nose, but there doesn't really seem to be any. Maybe the cherry is only present in a fresher batch.

The bottle says "brewed with cherry juice" and that is exactly what this stout tastes like. Upfront the flavor is mostly well roasted darker malts, but as the beer transitions to the back of your tongue its like a wave of cherry juice.

Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side. It almost feels like someone took a normal stout and watered it down a little bit with cherry juice. Overall, pretty smooth with low carbonation. I guess you could call this stout "juicy".

Drinkability is a little above average. The stout base is pretty good and the taste lives up to the name. You definitely taste cherries. Pretty much a one and done beer, but fairly enjoyable.

Overall, this is a decent stout. The cherries really come across as cherry juice, like the bottle says, but it seems like they could be incorporated in a better fashion. Glad I got to try this but I probably won't seek it out in the future, especially with Bell's other offerings.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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