Cherry Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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 BenHoppy
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of patre_tim
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown to black with a ruby tinge, topped with a finger of beige head.

Smells of dark, toasted malts, black liquorice, umamai, slightly smoky, with hints of cherries.

Tastes of dark toasted malts, charred and slightly smoky, then comes the fresh cherry juice, which isn't sweet but offers an almost watery cherry popsicle note to it.

Medium body, covers the ABV, slightly watery, with minimal carbonation.

Got this in Syracuse, NY Dec 31st, 2017, where I a m drinking it at my hotel. Slightly disappointing, but I would really love to try the barrel aged version.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black with small bubble head
Smell: Not overly aromatic. If you stick your nose in the glass, you do get some cherry and chocolate
Taste: Cherry first and foremost, although a bit synthetic tasting like a medicine. Dark chocolate mixes in creating a cordial type of taste
Feel: Medium body, not much in the way of carbonation feel, it's rather minor. A bit thick going down.
Overall: An interesting beer with lots of cherry flavor, not much on the nose. Would not hunt down, but also would not turn down if offered.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Riff
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with about a finger of chocolate brown head that fades to a little lacing. Smells of cherries, chocolate, and roasted malts. Opens with a tart cherry flavor, a little dark chocolate, hint of coffee and roasted malts. Finishes with a lingering tart aftertaste. Medium-heavy body, mild carbonation. Not sure exactly what to do with this, I neither hate it nor love it. Somewhere in between. I like that it doesn't have a fake cherry flavor to it, certainly closer to a tart cherry which makes it quite drinkable. Just not something I think I'd seek out a lot of.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of devo1980
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very much enjoyed this thick beer. Fantastic balance between sweet and tart. The Cherry is there, but not overwhelming. Smooth and sweet but not sugary.

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Photo of bendukes86
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rgk3
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with tan/brown head. Roasty malt, tart Michigan cherry smell and taste, the only hint of bitterness is in the dark chocolate flavor. Nice different kind of stout--a change from all the bourbon barrel stouts I've been enjoying. The wife is not a stout drinker, but does enjoy this one.

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Photo of Squire
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, almost black color with light brown cap.

Aroma first of ripe figs, followed by chocolaty malt and something brightly herbal in the background.

Taste on entry is where I first notice the cherry. I was expecting something cough drop like but it isn't, more like ripe black wild cherry. Main flavors are roasted malt with accompanying bitterness along with some earthy wild mushroom touches that hold into the aftertaste.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

This is an odd duck which seems neither to swim or fly and walks clumsily. If you're going to impose a cherry flavor on a dark, bitter Stout this dryish black cherry flavor is probably a good choice because it goes along without conflict. At 7% this may have been designed as an after dinner finisher but it's too bitter to fill that role for me.

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Photo of Calraven
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MinerBob
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a beautiful stout color with a dark brown sugar head. The smell is dark chocolate with some cherry. The flavor is funky not at all what I was expecting. It's more tart than sweet cherry. Not a bad beer but with so many great stouts out there nothing I'd buy again.

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Photo of Lucular
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a typical stout, nice and dark with a slight head. Taste is initially very strange, not just sour cherry but almost funky. It grew on me and by the end I was thoroughly enjoying the odd combination of flavors.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SHODriver
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate and cherries
T: Taste is a surprising amount of cherry on the front end, bitter roasted malts, dark chocolate and a little coffee. Slight smoky note as well but the tart cherry is there in force. Swallow is more dark chocolate and roasted malts with a touch of burnt sugar and smoke with some lingering cherry
M: This beer has a fairly full and slightly creamy body. Carbonation is just below prickly and adequate for the style. The beer has a drying finish as well which is expected.
O: Overall this is an odd one. The cherry is a bit too strong for my liking and really overshadows the rest of the base beer, This has potential but I think it could use some tweaks to balance things out.

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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

Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 2,603 ratings