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

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Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a rich black color with a nice, creamy cap of brown foam. Nice retention with a little bit of lace.

Nose is sweet & sour cherries with a hefty chocolate undertone. Dark bread is there aplenty and is surprisingly light on the roast.

Lots of cherries, very fruity. Malty background is a bit lost, but you still know it is a darker brew than most fruit beers. Many stout characters are not present here...roasty coffee, burnt toast and chocolate all seem to be pretty M.I.A. The fruitiness is just a bit much, and I love a good fruit beer. It falls somewhere in the nether-realm of a tart sour, a sweet fruit beer and a export stout but never commits to any of them, to the beers detriment…on my palate at least. I am glad I got this as a single instead of a whole sixer and would not seek it out again.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite black with a half finger, short lived head and so-so lace, even after a vigorous pour.

Smells a little sweet and a little tart with lots of dark roasted malts. Something just a touch earthy adds a slight note.

Taste is almost medicinal, with gobs of relatively tart cherries, all that on top of roasted and burnt malts. The cherries really take over at the end of each sip and into the aftertaste.

Body is pretty full with a sweet slickness and cherry/roasted malt aftertaste.

It's not bad but is a bit overpowering. An after dinner type drink beer if you ask me.

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Photo of Morey
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with "10/04/11 B" stamped on the bottom of the back label right below the pkgd. code which is 10710.

Pours pitch black in color. Some brownish hues can be seen right near the head if you hold it up to a bright light. Head is light brown in color with a shimmer of raspberry. It settled to a scarcely spotted layer with minimal to moderate retention. Overall appearance is darker than I had anticipated.

Typical roasted aroma of a good stout, but there's a tart cherry aroma lingering just beneath. It almost smells a bit like a chocolate covered cherry if you use your imagination just a bit.

Roasted flavor hits you up front, but it doesn't take long for the tart cherry juice to surface, and it isn't shy when it arrives. The sour cherry flavor overtakes the palate and lingers strong through the finish.

Rather thin mouthfeel with a very low carbonation level. Tart cherry juice dominates the palate on the back end.

An interesting stout. I don't love it, but it's definitely unique.

Morey's Bottom Line: I have a few problems with this beer. It's too thin, it's under-carbonated, and there's too much juice IMO. So much so that it really doesn't taste all that much like beer on the back end.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled 10-4-11.

Appearance: Dark black with a light tint of ruby red on the edges. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three finger deep tan head with good retention. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Upfront aroma of sweet and mildly tart cherries which blend into dark roasted malts with caramel and toffee. Big presence of chocolate. Also some hints of milk, nuts, oats, and coffee. Smells pretty sweet.

Taste: Like the smell, a big upfront taste of sweet and tart cherries. Midway comes a big presence of dark roasty malts with plenty of caramel and toffee. Lots of chocolate with some notes of milk, coffee, oats, and nuts. The cherries are borderline too sweet but the good dark malt presence balances them out and makes this enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy with a juicy feel. Very smooth.

Overall: An interesting mix of bright and sweet cherries and dark malts. Would go well with a piece of cherry cake or pie.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a tight, mocha head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of some light roasted notes and a bit of cherries.

Tastes of tart cherries and some smaller stout notes. The cherries lead off and are quite tart. I find them to detract from what seems like a quality beer. More typical stout notes come through and add some coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar. Leans towards fairly tart with not much sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent stout, but I find the tart cherries to be very distracting form what I want out of a stout.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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