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

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

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

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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of kerry4porters
1.25/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

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 apasternak
1.5/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The worst beer I have ever had by Bells

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1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

The Tart Cherry is just to overwhelming for my tastes, I could no even finish the bottle. I would have preferred a more subtle cherry. I'm sure there are those who will love this it's just not for me

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1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

Photo of jt31914
1.55/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle

A: Dark black cherry color - no head and hardly carbonated.

S: Smells like wine and tart cherries.

T: Strong overpowering cherry with chocolate late in the finish. This tastes more like cheap wine than beer.

M/D: Pretty poor and not very drinkable

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Photo of PhillyStyle
1.61/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The beer poured a nice black with ruby red highlights when held up to light and there are some noticeable particles floating throughout the beer. The beer produces a nice 1-finger head, also with some subtle hints of red. The head is not well retained, but does leave a bit of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by the cherries. Some faint hints of the roasted malts. I expected less cherry, more malted barley aroma.

The taste...drain pour. Way to much cherry. Excessive amounts of cherry. I was expecting a nice stout with a hint of cherry, but it was not a hint.

Medium body feel to the beer, defiantly light on the carbonation. Obviously the beer's drinkability suffers from the overwhelming cherry taste. This one was really disappointing for me as Bell's is one of my favorite breweries.

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1.7/5  rDev -52%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I really like Bells beer, this was the first time that I ever did not like one, I looked a little flat when I poured it, and the taste was bad, cherry and dark beers should go well together, and this one did not. I know I will never drink this one again.

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1.7/5  rDev -52%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Nasty, skip it, god awfull, did I say nasy. Worse than CAMO BLACK special resurve.

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1.7/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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1.72/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle, batch 8730. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a very, very, dark rotten cherry red. Not a bad thing. A big one and a half inch tan head appears and retains well. The beer left next to no lace.

A: I get nice roasty malts, and just enormous amounts sweet, syrupy, cherry. Some earthiness from the hops come through, but it is hard to get by the huge cherry smell.

T: No thank you. I think this is just a mess. The combination of sweet and tart cherries just don't do it for me here. Way too sour. Way too sweet. Way too much cherry. Not pleasing at all.

M: Heavy body, good amount of carbonation. Just too syurpy.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is very low, due to the sweet, sour combination of the cherries. Overall, I really enjoy Bell's offerings, but this one, I'm afraid, will be a drain pour for me. Will not buy again. Skal.

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1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Worst beer I've ever had.

This is one of my favorite breweries and stout is my favorite beer but this looks liked dirty transmission fluid! It smells like someone already had drank it once and for the cost I could get a nice Russian Imperial.

****1st beer I've ever had to dump out before finishing!

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