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

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Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout
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
Ranking:
#40,752
Reviews:
1,034
Ratings:
2,584
pDev:
16.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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115
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Ratings: 2,584 |  Reviews: 1,034
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Just a touch of light brown head that fell quickly and left nothing behind.

4.0 S: Nose is quite pleasant. Soft, but stout roastiness. Super creamy coffee as if there was lactose in here. Tart cherry integrates extremely well and holds a good balance with the base. Decent amount of caramel as well.

4.0 T: The taste is pretty much exactly like the nose. Soft, but powerful roast. Coffee with creme. Caramel galore. Tart cherry in perfect balance.

3.5 M: Light medium to medium body. Carbonation is light, but adequate. This would be several fold better if this were thicker and creamier. As it is, it isn't bad. Super smooth.

4.0 D: This accomplishes what I imagine the goal was in creating this brew. Solid taste, solid overall. Cherries are well incorportated.

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Photo of Shoey87
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of leinie13
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/04/11

A - A deep black body with not much of a hint of light coming through, and a nice dark brown head. A good looking beer for sure.

S - a light tartness comes after some earthy and dark roasted notes. Some chocolate, some tanned leather.

T - a tart cherry flavor but balanced with a creamy chocolate. Some dry woody/earthy notes. Mostly a tart cherry thing with some dark roast. Nice stuff

M - pretty big and smooth, and a bit drying.

O - a fine beer, an interesting cherry thing, and a nice balance.

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Photo of robboyd
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was exactly what I was expecting it to be, which is to say it was alright but I won't be seeking it out again. It looks good on the pour, dark and a nice head that diminished over time and left just a little lacing. It smells of cherry, predominantly. I served it fairly cold and it was enjoyable. More cherries came out as it warmed up, which I let happen to get that aspect of the beer but I actually preferred the more subtle cherry flavor when it was cold. Before the cherry started dominating, I got some chocolate and more heavy malt but a decent amount of bitterness. Now that the cherries are kicking me in the teeth that's really all I'm pulling out of this one. It's a fun beer to drink but as I said earlier, I won't seek this one out again.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of azdback
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Dark black color with just the slightest of highlights. Head is very small and a creamy white color. Lace doesn't want to play.

Smell is mostly of cherries, dark bitter chocolate and a bit of smoke. The cherries smell tart and the chocolate not at all sweet. If I take a huge whiff I get just the slightest hint of alcohol.

Taste is ultra tart cherries. I can pull just a hint of dark roasted malts. Dark fruit sweet and even that is tart.

Mouth is smooth and carbonation is light and creamy. Body is medium and the finish is average and a bit dry.

Overall I liked this but really didn't love it. I think brewing with cherries is a great idea but this one was brewed with cherry juice and I think that takes it way out over the top. Too tart for me. I like to taste roasted flavors in my stouts. Worth a shot if you can just pick a bottle like I did.

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Photo of uustal
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a hint of a reddish hue. Not much head on this beer. Slight hint of cherry and roasted malts in the aroma, not much else and not too strong. Flavor begins with tart and distinct cherry juice flavor. Tastes a bit artificial and borders on sour. A slight roasted malt adds a much needed counter to the cherry with hints of coco.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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

'Light' black, dark brown pour, cherry cola lookin' head to it, which was thin. Aroma brought some tart cherry juice and roasted malt to it. Off to a good start.

Taste, wow, lots of cherry juice. Cough syrup to the uninitiated, deliciousness to those well versed in good beer. Much like NG's cherry stout, this one isn't the bigggest baddest thickest one out there, the cherry juice cuts down the viscosity.

A little bit of metallic flavor, but can't really say it distracts from the overall enjoyment. Its very cherry dominated, and tart. If you don't like that, don't venture forth unto this beer, its really what its all about. Usual coffee and chocolate suspects stay well behind the cover provided by the cherry.

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Photo of KingBiscuit
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the all-Michigan beer for a Michigan win day!

Pours opaque black. No light passes. Initial half inch head disappears instantly.

Smells very smooth. Must have been brewed heavy on the oats. No cherries whatsoever. What malts are left, are roasty and smell insanely smooth.

well the taste is different. If you can picture liquid smoke and cherries together, youve got Bell's Cherry Stout. The cherry juice is definitely sour. It keeps the malt, which from the other Bell's stouts is really roasty and sweet, in check. Much more smokey. I kind of like the smoke flavor, but it doesnt really accent the other flavors. They all seem to be in discord. Medium body that leaves almost a slick feeling from the juice.

Definitely interesting and different, but could be better.

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of danmouer
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I admit I am not generally a fan of huge stouts, so I was ready to be underwhelmed. However...

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a challice. The small but dig ified deep tan head falls quickly to a thin wreath, leaving no tenacious lace behind. A little sexier foam cap would have been nice, but this beer is not about the head,

The beer is inky brown-black, just as I expected. Intriquing and inviting, but promising bitter black malt roast.

Then I catch a good whiff. Ohhh, this has some promise. The deep roasty aromas are very much in the backgro d to a subtlly fruity, nicely sour nose balamced by bittersweet chocolatey malt. Mmmmm.

The beer's flavor backs up the aroma. A very nice sweet-sour balance, and the dark roastmalts are NOT botter or acrid. The cherry hints ride over chocolate on the palate, but it is the really decent hit of sour-cherry-sourness that makes this special.

Yhe high alcohol hass no solventy or nfusel flavors, just presenting a good warmth to sit ujnderneath the sweet-sour-chocolate-cherry melange. I'm thinking cordial cherry bon boms with bittersweet
dark chocolate and a filking swimming in a pure kirsch.

Nice job, Bells!

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Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 2,584 ratings
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