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
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#42,450
Reviews:
1,041
Ratings:
2,614
pDev:
16.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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113
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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

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

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Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 2,614 ratings