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

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Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout
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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 Roguer
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Good head production and OK retention; body is a nice very dark brown, and head is a dark tan.

Aroma features plenty of roast, and slightly tart dark fruit. Cherries are hard to pick out of the fruity notes I often find in stouts. Chocolate and coffee from the malt.

Chocolate up front, and a very tart edge from the cherries. Smooth chocolate in the middle. Very nutty finish: peanuts, pecans, and a healthy dose of char.

Body is shockingly thick and smooth for a 7% ABV stout; damn near chewy, while maintaining a lively carbonation sting. Long sticky finish.

This is a very tasty beer. I would prefer a sweeter, less tart representation of cherries, and adding actual chocolate would likely put it over the top. As it is, this is a very solid offering, delivers on the promise on the label, and should be a welcome addition at any local taproom.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Cherry Stout, 7% ABV. Pours black with not much head. Nose is cherry, taste is moderately tart cherry, with no perceivable bitterness. Not much flavor depth, quite one note. OK mouthfeel, overall very good.

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Photo of Suds
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Utterly black with a serious mid-sized light brown head. The aroma is a pleasant mix of cocoa and cherries....roasted notes and distant espresso roast. The taste has a notable slight tart cherry flavor, combined with a roasted barley stout taste. Nice combination, but the cocoa from the aroma didn’t follow to the taste. Full in body and drinkable.

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Photo of BJB13
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip style pint glass.

Looks tasty enough pouring into the glass with a decent, slightly reddish medium brown foam capping a dark brown body. The head fades to a weak ring with minimal lacing in a few minutes.

Unfortunately the sweet cola like aroma isn't very pronounced. The taste isn't bad, opening semi-sweet with a tart cherry finish to balance. I do get a slight metallic tang that is starting to build along with the tart cherry. The flavor may be bold but the feel is a bit timid.

This is definitely interesting but not one for me. To be clear I am not a fan of sours, this may be more enjoyable to someone who is.

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Photo of onlymurderers
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of michaelbrian
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mchegash
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: A deep brown with hints of ruby. A large amount of luscious chocolate-milk brown head.

S: Cherries, booze, dark malts

T: Tart cherries, dark and roasty malts, a quite a bit of booziness. The tart cherry flavor is a nice twist on the typical stout. Sweet but not too much so. But I don't really understand why this beer tastes so boozy.

F: Medium-full bodied. Low bitterness. Low-ish carbonation.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel glass.

The beer is almost as black as dirty motor oil with a dark cream colored head. The foam recedes to a large circular patch leaving light spots and squiggles of lacing.

The aroma is a nice blend of tart cherry juice and dark milk chocolate, giving it a cordial cherry kind of aroma if you think about it, and a subtle hint of alcohol.

The beer tastes like the aroma with tart cherry notes attacking the taste buds followed by a rich layer of roasted malts and rich chocolate. The finish is tangy.

The beer feels medium bodied, slightly dry, and fairly smooth for 7% ABV.

Overall, the tart cherry taste dominates the beer, and maybe more subtle creaminess would make it a little bit easier to swallow. The individual parts stand out well but don’t blend together quite as well as I hoped.

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Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with some ruby hues and a tan/red head. Smells of cherries, juice, and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, sour cherries, some sweetness, and roasted malts. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Overall it’s a very delicious cherry stout but could use some more body.

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Photo of kinggimp
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ob512316
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: black with a reddish tan small head.
Smell: chocolate, coffee, and cherry. First choclate, then a hint of coffee, and finally cherry.
Taste: same as it smells the cherry at the end is tart. It reminds me of chocolate covered cherries.
Feel: Middle of the road stout, nothing too strong, or too weak.
Overall: this beer great, tastes like chocolate covered cherries, which is a good thing.

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Photo of moundbz
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of classixIII
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJSFS
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Khaack
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OriginalWayOut
4.85/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Horning
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wrigfen
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger's worth of dieing white foamy head. Not much lace.
The aroma centered around some roasted dark malts, light dark chocolate and a little bit of black cherry sweetness.
The flavor cued up the roast and the sweetness of the malt initially and then delves into the black cherry. Aftertaste was tainted with some of the dark chocolate and roast, cherry juice slightly.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty good stout that I think Bell's pulled off what they wanted to by their commercial description. However, if it was me, I'd want to try and bring some of the tartness about in the flavor just to ensure that the black cherries were authentic.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayes86
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 2,583 ratings
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