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
Ratings:
2,539
Reviews:
1,016
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
16.01%
 
 
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115
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317
For Trade:
10
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of spinrsx
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in trade with iguenard

Appearance - Brown colour with with an average size fizzy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a short while before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, cherries, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and sweet yet lightly tart cherries. There is also a light amount of smoke and a graininess. It ends with a chocolatey aftertaste that leads into a tart cherry/citric lingering finish.

Overall - A little bit more carbonation would be nice and maybe a touch more sweetness. The taste is interesting.. I was expecting a little more ripe sweet cherry rather than a tartness. Glad to have tried, but I wouldn't reach for this again.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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1/5  rDev -71.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jwhancher
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at the Khyber during PBW. While I appreciate the attempt, this one doesn't quite work for me. This was the 2007 version too. The sour cherries def come through but add a little unsettling tart funk that I didn't enjoy. Glad to have tried it though.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of charlzm
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Consumed March 30th, 2012.

Beer pours a dark brown with lighter brown highlights. A one-finger, creamy tan head forms and transforms rapidly into sticky foam on the sides, leaving virtually nothing a top the liquid in the glass.

Aroma has a plenty of chocolate malt and a slight metallic note. A fleeting whiff of cherries.

The first flavor in the mouth is tart, sour cherry. This dominates until the finish, where some mildly bitter chocolate finishes things up. Not terribly sophisticated in its flavor profile, the cherry dominates almost completely.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little velvety, though there is a tartness that creates a puckering, savory (?) reaction.

Overall, drinkable enough, but sort of an experiment that didn't fully succeed. This is a CHERRY... stout, not a stout with cherry notes.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 9/22/11. Poured into Duvel Tulip.

A - An aggressive pour resulted in less than a finger of nice tan head. Body is deep black and needs 4mm for light to get through. Some moderate lacing.

S - Stout like. Prunes, licorice, and tobacco. Lots of tobacco.

T - The tartness hits right away. Not a good tart. Kind of like sour milk with some cherries. Stoutness is far away but maybe some chocolate or something. The finish isn't half bad - like a nice kriek.

M - Not bad. Good body with solid carbonation.

O - The initial sourness stuns you when you are expecting a stout and isn't the best flavor. Otherwise pretty good beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively into standard pint. 1/2 inch dark root beer colored head dissipates quickly. Very dark beer. Thin lace. Roasted malts, and just enormous amounts sour cherry. Some earthiness from the hops
Excellent sour beer! The combination of tart cherries and typical stout chocolate are just what I expected.
Medium viscous body that literaly coats the glass through out the serving, fair amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is very high, due to the sour combination of the cherries and the real stout flavor. At 7% AbV it makes a robust pairing with any food.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.56 out of 5 based on 2,539 ratings.
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