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."

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9969

Appearance -- Pours a deep, dark brown with a slim and sudsy brown head that dissipates quickly. Coats the glass quite well. Dig it.

Smell -- Finely roasted malt, espresso, slight mineral character, and the faintest shadow of cherry, which could certainly be a figment of my imagination. Let's assume it is not.

Taste -- Coffee with cream, dark toast, bakers chocolate, light molasses, and sweet/tart cherry juice. The rich roastiness of the stout base is in the forefront with the cherry, while being prominent, takes a backseat. This is the polar opposite of the New Glarus Cherry Stout. Lingering flavor of dark chocolate and burnt breadcrust.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate prickly carbonation. Not bad, really.

Drinkability -- Clearly a well-crafted stout -- Bell's knows what they are doing -- but it's not my cup of tea. As a Fruit/Vegetable beer, it's pretty good aside from the lack of cherry in the aroma, but as a stout I could take or leave it.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate into a generic tulip I have at home. Just a hint of light shows through the edges of the glass. About a finger of black head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell - Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, slight cherry (almost medicinal) aroma, and stale coffee. Also, just a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Similar to the nose. The cherry flavor does come through quite nice but there is just something a bit off. Not as "real" of a cherry flavor as I was hoping for. There is a heavy roasted grain characteristic, a slight rubbing alcohol flavor, and cheap chocolate and coffee notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - One and done. The cherry sweetness comes through more as it warms up, and becomes a cloying sweetness. Glad to try, glad I only got a single.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a light brown head, very close to black in color. Wasn't expecting this depth in darkness. Head is sticking around one finger.

S: Smells rich and sweet like a milk stout with a bit of acidity from the cherries I suppose. Has a chocolate covered cherry aroma. Not overly roasty, which allows the cherry to come through.

T: Wow! Unexpected amount of tart cherries on the palate. Almost loses the stout body though with all the tartness upfront. Michigan cherries are quite potent indeed. Lacks a substantial roasted character to balance the overpowering cherries.

M: A very interesting beer for sure, the body of the stout remains through but the flavor doesn't. Has the fairly aggressive tart quality that puckers the mouth a bit, but finishes with an almost chalky, sweet stout type of feel. Enjoyable beer.

D: This is a nice "change of pace" beer, definitely not what I expected on the nose or palate. I guess you could say it is a surprising beer. Don't think I'll be grabbing more than one of these at a time, but it was a nice experience. Solidly interesting beer.

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Photo of marchoftheclouds
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I've only had one other cherry beer ... Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus and it to me was more like wine. More cherry than beer flavor ... but good grief, it's absolutely LOADED with Wisconsin cherries.

This had a very dark color, chewy mouthfeel, with a bit more carbonation that I'm comfortable with. I won't have any trouble drinking this 6-pack. It has a warming, but not in your face alcohol "burn". First impression is coffee and cherry. I wouldn't mind getting this again, but since I'm new this year to trying different beers every time I go to Friar Tucks ... I might wait awhile.

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Photo of GLM0011
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like an imperial stout but lighter on the bitterness. Cherry tart backend. I liked it but wouldnt drink it all the time. Still a good beer if your looking for something different. It became more enjoyable as I got into a few of them. Drank five. I will drink again for sure.

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Photo of JAZwara
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: practically black, thin tan head, not much lacing; bottle-poured stouts always are a little disappointing for the lack of head

S: very malty, a bit of a coffee scent and a hint of sour cherry

T: very good, very quality stout, with just enough cherry flavor to balance out the malt; the sourness of the cherries lasts past the roasted malt

M: different than the normal stout, the sourness leaves a bite rather than the creaminess of most stouts

D: good, but probably would only drink one in a row, though definitely leaves you wanting another stout; would love to follow it up with a mocha stout

Bell's and Southern Tier are my go-to's for stouts, both do very interesting ones that are based off of quality stouts; the Cherry Stout is a very good one from Bell's that makes me want to follow it up with Choklat or Mokah from Southern Tier

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a thin tan foam head. Fades to just some lacing on surface.
Smells of roasted malt and coffee. A tart cherry aroma is present.
Tart and acidic are the first thing I get from a deep drink. Cherry flavor is sutle and not as strong as one would think.
There is a nice roasted maltiness that balances out nicely with the tart cherries.
medium mouth feel and acidic aftertaste.
A little to tart for me to drink many. I would drink another

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Photo of JizackFH
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. It has a 1-finger dark tan head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving little lacing behind.

S - It smells of nice dark roasted malts, and a nice dark cherry fruitiness. Also, notes of chocolate and coffee are present.

T - The cherry flavor pops out right away. It is also accompanied by dark grainy roasted malts. I am also getting notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The finish has some cherry sourness and more of the dark grainy maltiness.

M - The body of this is thinner than i expected, and it has a nice amount of carbonation. The cherries leave a bit of a sour feeling in the mouth.

D - Drinkability is good. This is a very unique and interesting beer. It goes down easy and smooth. The dark malts really balance out the cherries, and I think it just works really well. This is one of my favorite beers that incorporates cherries. If you haven't tried it, give it a shot. Good job Bell's. Cheers.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Batch 9993. Trying this one again after some time. I recall years ago having it and not being able to drink it all that much. Poured into my KBS chalice glass a dark brown color with a medium tan head that quicly settles to form a slight collar. Dark roast notes in the nose with a touch of sweet fruit. Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation. Roasted flavors with a subtle and lingering sweetness with some tartness. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Ginger Man, NYC, NY

Dark brown with ruby tints, nearly completely opaque, capped off with a nice brown head. Aroma of malty chocolate, sour cherries. Mildly sour black cherries obviously right up front on the palate and lingering throughout. Roasty malts in the background. It's hard to get a fruit flavor that doesn't clash with roasty dark malts, but Bell's does a pretty good job of it here. Medium-to-heavy body, not too thick. Moderately drinkable, though not many people seem to be into stouts that have a sour twist to them, so take that as you will. Overall, very tasty.

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Photo of designofduality
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours black with a very thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Appears more brown than red when held to light.

Smell: Not a very strong aroma. Smells like dark, unsweetened chocolate with lesser notes of fresh cherries and coffee. There is also a tiny bit of alcohol.

Taste: The taste is much fuller than the smell indicates. Immediately, there is an acidic sour taste of tart cherries. Then, towards the end and the aftertaste, the bitter chocolate and coffee are quite pronounced. There's one thing I love about the taste of this beer - all the flavors you would expect are present, but with no added sweetness. It tastes like real cherries, which are tart and sour, dark unsweetened chocolate, which is bitter, and black coffee that hasn't had 3 creams and 8 sugars added to it.

Mouthfeel: Due to the wonderful (imo) lack of sweetness, it doesn't feel thick or syrupy as some flavored beers tend to. For being a stout, it's actually fairly refreshing because of the sour from the cherries.

Drinkability: Overall, this is a pretty good one. They made a flavored beer that actually tastes like the flavor without taking it too far. Don't think I'd get tired of this one as quickly as some similar brews. Another solid beer from Bell's.

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Photo of drizzam
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a dark opaque black body topped with a nice light brown head. Not the greatest head retention as it receded to a thin cap after a few minutes. Left some spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Dark malt, bitter chocolate...roasty smelling. Maybe a hint of cherries in the nose, but not much.

T & M - This is interesting. The tart cherry taste is much more prevalent than was noticeable in the aroma, and it almost seems like the roasty stout aroma took more of a back seat to the cherry. The flavors do play together well, cherry and malt and chocolate. This is a medium bodied brew with a VERY creamy mouthfeel.

D - I've enjoyed this beer a lot. This is one of those beers that will have either very high ratings (as a fruit beer) or lower ratings (people looking for more stout flavors). This thing lies right in the middle of the two styles in my opinion. It's listed as a fruit beer here, and that is probably the closer style...but the stout aspect cant be discounted in this one. Very good and worth a try! Bells did a good job with this one.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a murky brown chestnut with pitch black notes. My glass houses darkness. A soft and fuzzy brownish cap joined shortly after a strong pour. Looks heavy and slick in the glass, with a spattering of lace

S: nose houses roasted malts, chocolate, sour cherries, and coffee. Nothing overly complex here just a lot of cherries as sniffing continues

T: cherries steal the show, being fairly strong. Everything starts tart and sour. Eventually lightly roasted malts, cocoa and some coffee characters can be pulled out. However, I find that things are lost amongst the fleshy red stone fruits. Its not very balanced. The cherry juice even houses a light acidity

M: not bad. Slick and dreamy. Has enough carbonation to tickle the tongue

D: one of my lesser favorites from a long list of favorites from Bells. Good from time to time

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Cherry Stout pours dark like a stout but with a purplish tint much like a very dark grape juice. Head it practically non-existant but perhaps I didn't pour hard enough.

The aroma not surprisingly is of chocolate covered cherries with just a whiff of alcohol and dark roasted malts.

The flavor is all about tart cherry juice with hardly any sweetness from the malt to even it out. Dark roasted grains, bitter in and of themselves, heighten the acidic nature of the cherries while giving a hint of dark semi sweet chocolate and coffee notes. I'm curious to see what warming brings as I sip it. Warming does blend the existing flavors and reduces the acidic tartness of the cherries somewhat, but adds little in the way of additional flavor notes.

The body is medium-heavy with a very smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation lends no creaminess but is present enough to bring just a touch of tingling to the tongue.

I have to say drinkability on this beer is not very high for me but then most fruit beers just don't do it for me. The cherry flavor is not cloying like some other cherry beers I could name but I think could be a tad sweeter perhaps. If you like tart cherries this is right up your alley!

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Photo of boomer31
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8219

A - Nice pop especially for a 3 year old beer. Pours black with a few tan bubbles that wouldn't qualify for head. Brown around the edges.

S - Big cherry and chocolate nose. Hints of roast, probably the highlight of the beer. Very nice

T - The cherries are tart but not overwhelming. The roast malts come out much more in the taste than in the nose and the chocolate only makes it in the back. i like the cherry flavor in this beer so much more than some of the other cherry stouts (NG for example). This aged very well.

M - Low carb. I wouldn't call it rich but it's certainly more full bodied than your typical stout. The cherries linger a bit. Not wverly sweet or dry, nice finish

D - If you like cherries and stouts this is a very good beer.

I would put this ahead of NG Cherry Stout as the cherries taste very tart rather than medicinal. A very good beer, I'm happy I cellared this one.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 9969

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a dark black with a finger of foamy light brown head and a slight amount of lacing on the glass.

The smell is pretty roasty with some dark malt flavor and a tease of some sweet cherry flavor that seems to be in the beginning stages of lighting up the flavor of this beer.

The taste is popping with cherry and is accompanied by a toasty malt flavor that stays for just a bit then pulls back and lets the sweet tart cherry flavor carry the flavor to the finish.

This beer is light in body and has a nice aftertaste that makes it feel bigger then it does at first sip. It does hold a grip on the pallet for a time then lets go with some nice after effects.

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Photo of bamadog
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I've effectively managed to walk past this beer for about 2 and 1/2 years now, and finally decided that I should give it a try. Review is from notes taken on 12/1/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is dark brown, near black and starts with a 1 finger head of dark tan head that fades relatively quickly to nothing other than a faint skim on the surface and a thicker foamy ring around the surface; body is dark and opaque, as a stout should be; body didn't look especially thick on the pour, but if it's base is an American Stout, than I'm not surprised by that notion in the appearance:

Smell: I really think the smell is better than some of the reviews I read earlier let on... A really good blend of dark fruity cherry with some bittersweet chocolate and deeply roast, near burnt espresso scents.

Taste: Whoa... I have to admit, the flavor is a little heavy on the tart cherries, as there is a strong blast of them right away and I would say that the middle of the beer is very tart, near puckering; however, once the puckering tartness fades, the beer is really rounded out with a nice, slightly syrupy bittersweet chocolate and those dark, smooth roasty malts. Bell's is typically a pretty solid brewery, and this beer, is certainly good enough in the flavor department, but I feel it would be drastically improved if the amount of cherries was at least halved in the recipe.

Mouthfeel: As mentioned in the appearance, it doesn't look overly thick and it certainly doesn't impress in terms of body, but like I said, if it's based on an American, I'm not surprised or turned off by this. The body is just shy of medium, and the carbonation is quite smooth, but the tartness definitely provides some prickling on the tongue and warming of the stomach from this and the acidity; a thin, dry sticky coating is left all over the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Overall, it's not bad and I certainly wouldn't turn it down as it is fairly tasty and kind of unique, but it's not really something that I would likely seek out or buy on a regular, or even annual basis as I feel there are some better options out there. The weight isn't awful for a stout-ish beer and the ABV only clocks in at 7%, which, while nothing to sneer at, would likely catch up after a couple. Makes for a nice nightcap.

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Photo of philosobeer
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at Lush at around Halsted and Maxwell (Chicago).

A // This one's a looker. Dark, black, and with a reddish tan head. It looks kind of thick, and the head sticks around for a while, all fluffy and pink.

S // Smells like roasted grain and sour cherry. Fairly acidic and manages to smell beery. Well done, Bell's.

T // The taste doesn't do quite as well. The acidity and sour is good, but that roasted and burnt flavors are barely there, and the acidity overpowers through the finish. Not a failure, but... meh.

M // It's a thick beer. It's higher gravity than you expect, and not all too crisp on the tongue.

D // It's heavy, and it's sour cherry. I can't be expected to drink a twelve-ouncer on my own, honestly.

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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. The batch code on the back of the label is cutoff and all that is readable is: 94. Judging by the layer of dust on the bottle I would believe this to be a couple years old, but doing the batch reference for 94xx on Bell's website reveal this brew is most likely from 2009.

Appears black in color with a thin cap of brown head that recedes quite fast leaving a faint amount of spotty lace on the glass when swirled. Around the edges there is some reddish brown coloration when held to the light.

The aroma of this brew is very fruity upfront with a cherry scent that is stuck somewhere in between medicinal cherry cough syrup and concentrated cherry juice. In the background is a bit of chocolate malt character that fights for some attention but the nose of this brew is dominated by the scent of bright cherry. Once warm the cherry takes on a bit of an earthy aroma and there is a minor indication of citrus hops with a light tingle of the alcohol's presence.

The taste of this brew is a surprisingly bold flavor of tart cherry upfront. First impressions are quite shocking, this doesn't even come close to tasting like a stout. It is tart with cherry flavoring to the point of almost being sour. The cherry inclusion really wraps itself around your tongue but this brew finishes without any indication of the cherry. All the fruit flavors seemingly dissolves leaving a lingering taste of cocoa powder inside the mouth mixed with a lightly musty grain taste that is lightly roasted.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. Despite the shock and awe treatment I had throughout the experience it is quite good. In a way I want to ravage the rating of this review because I went into this experience expecting a stout with cherry flavor and ended up with a fruit beer with minor stout qualities. If you want to enjoy a roasty flavored stout on a cold evening, this is not the brew to pick up. This is a fruit beer in disguise as a stout but in it's own right it is pretty darn good.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Oil slick darkness, faintest of cherry hues on the appearance. Customary chocolate head but it appears a lot creamier than most. I like looking into this one actually. Retention is better than most, but overall I'm not overwhelmed.

S- Burnt grains, roasted notes but barely... Where is the cherries? Call yourself a cherry stout and come forth with this? It develops to have a smoked bacon like aroma. Very campfire-esque. Barely breaks the average mold I feel.

T- The smoky campfire flavor is fantastic here. It finally picks up to be an interesting beverage here. The edging is the sour cherry and sweet back end. A nice roasted grain flavor is the finish. Possible chocolate sweetness faint.

M- A bit thin. Smooth. Lingering flavors decent enough. Solid amount of cabronation.

D- This is a pretty good beer. Would I call this a stout? No. Definitely not. Overall though, enjoyable. Not an issue on the alcohol, not an issue anywhere really. Just... decent.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. Batch 9969.

A- pours jet black with a half finger brown head. Head fades pretty quickly. I'd like to see a bigger one there.

S- getting some roastiness as well as slight hints of cherry...not bad. Would like more cherry, actually

T- getting some roasted malts as the backbone, with nice tart cherries in the forefront. Good blend of the stout qualities and the cherries

M- the body is about what you'd expect from a standard stout, its not super thick and chewy like you'd get from something bigger...overall, its fine.

D- I'd prefer a stout with the usual flavors, but this is a nice little change of pace

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Photo of Reaper16
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle -- 2009 vintage -- served into a tulip glass

Pours a deep, deep mahogany. I might as well call this one black. One, maybe one and a half, fingers of khaki head form, leaving adequate lacing. It looks a lot like the Bell's Kalamazoo Stout in terms of color, head, and viscosity. Pretty nice looking stout. And, yes, I am reviewing this beer as a stout, not as a fruit/vegetable beer.

Not much aroma coming from this one, not even at cellar temperature. Some wafts of chalky, old milk chocolate. Generic grain. Some cherry Robitussin. It smells like an average stout, basically. Muted flavors, but nothing that is off-putting or out of place. The cherry is, like I said, sort of medicinal on the nose. It doesn't hamper the score, but it doesn't exactly help it either.

Thankfully, Bell's Cherry Stout tastes better than it smells. The flavor of the Montmorency is, yes, a bit too medicinal. But it is also somewhat tart (as Montmorency cherries should be), and supple. The stout's thick body makes for a cherry flavor that tastes thick... combine that with the milk chocolate flavors from the stout grain bill, and you have a beer that tastes exactly like a cordial cherry. This beer absolutely nails the chocolate-covered-cherry flavor, down to the thick cherry syrup that comes in between the cherry and the chocolate shell. This is a one-trick pony, though; that flavor is this beer's only note. I should say also here that the cherry does not dominate the flavor. I find this to be a balanced beer for what it is. This balance could be entirely attributable to the year of age it has undergone.

Appropriate thickness for a 7% ABV stout. It could stand to be a bit thicker, actually; especially since what thickness there is makes the flavors play nicer with each other. The drinkability is, well, I guess I have to be sort of nitpicky here. Is this stout more drinkable than the average stout? I have to conclude that no, it isn't.

So I'm shopping at Bruno's, one of the few grocery stores in Tuscaloosa that is open on Thanksgiving. I see the Cherry Stout six-packs on the shelf and think "Oh, I haven't seen this year's batch on shelves yet." My roommate, who loves this beer, buys a sixer. When I get home, I notice under natural light that the bottles are very dusty. I check the batch number, and sure enough, it was packaged on Nov. 18th, 2009. Now, I have friends who hate this beer. They can't stand out cherry-forward it is. These year-old bottles, though, are quite balanced. Basically, I am telling you to drink this beer aged rather than fresh. Six months to a year will mellow out the medicinal harshness of the cherries and leave you with a pretty solid, if one-note, stout.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Typical dark stout with some clearness around the edges. No head, no matter what I do, I see bubbles but no head forms.

S: 100% cherries and maybe...plastic? No nevermind its burnt milk chocolate. Alcohol hangs in the background.

T: Chocolate covered cherries, through and through. Same syrupy sweet tartness along with chocolate. Either that or cherry soda with chocolate syrup in it. I like it, but definitely on the sweet side.

M: Carbonation works here, but for most stouts I would say its lacking. Mouthfeel is thin at first but then turns syrupy.

D: This is very interesting along side the Short's Black Cherry Porter. This was way more straight forward with the cherry flavor, but at the same time still managed to work. It was a little too sour and tart for me to want to keep drinking these, but my girlfriend really enjoyed it.

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Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black in the glass with almost no head. There are a few brown bubbles, but that's about it.

There's a chocolately/coffee scent, with just the slightest hint of fruit in the background.

The taste is similar, though both the chocolate and cherry flavors are more pronounced. Instead of sweet, the chocolate is of the bittersweet variety and the cherries are tart instead of sweet.

There's some complexity in the mouth. An initial burst of sweetness followed by a bitter soury, tart finish giving a bit of a pucker.

I like dark beer and I like cherry beer, so this is a natural for me. I prefer sweet over tart, but this works well. It's got a good punch with 75 ABV, but you wouldn't know it.

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Photo of lstokes
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smoky and sour is quite an interesting flavor combination. This is very dark, with a touch of pinkish lacing. The smell was weak to me, just came across as a little bit of chocolate and sour, and then the taste was a smoky, malty stout with tartness all over. Tart cherry, strong chocolate malts, smoky roast barley, other fruity esters.

I have drunk three of them this week and still can't decide whether I like this unique combination or not. The mouthfeel is weak--too much like soda, not creamy or full like it probably should be--and honestly, the cherry needs to be sweeter and less tart. I appreciate what they're trying to do but this is not a must-drink beer.

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