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

Bell's Cherry StoutBell's Cherry Stout
BA SCORE
41.1%
Liked This Beer
3.53 w/ 2,540 ratings
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:
#39,512
Reviews:
1,016
Ratings:
2,540
Liked:
1,043
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
16.15%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
318
Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,540 |  Reviews: 1,016
Photo of MJ64
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of braican
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jomolieri
2.64/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

It's juice with beer added - not the other way around. That pretty much sums it up. But for a little more explanation:

It has a unique flavor, a strong stereotypical stout notes combined with a cherry juice feel. And this is the problem. It feels way too thin in the mouth.

It poured with no head or lacing and almost felt like I was drinking a flavored fizzy drink rather than a beer. Very disappointing.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Good"? Really guys?

Pours a dark oily black with some dark purple tints. Head doesn't stay long in the snifter but is pretty to look at. SRM of mmmm... 41.

Aromas of roasted malts and coffee, backed faintly by smashed cherries and cranberry juice.

Mmm. Roast malts come through first, giving an almost coffee-like character to it. Tart fruits - cherry, plum, prune, dark skinned grape - all come soaking through as its left to linger in the mouth. At the end we get a total emulation of blackberry pie, with some cherries added. Why this get poor reviews i dont know. Maybe people don't like pie?

Feel is leathery but smooth, insanely tart, and leaves a parch on the palate. Carbonation is moderate to heavy.

I dont know what to say. I will gladly enjoy the rest of my six pack for months to come. Worth the $16? Yeah, i suppose. At a few dollars cheaper I'd go broke - and i know you know what I'm talking about.


Edit : After letting it age a year, here's what changed :

Hiss does sound as the cap is popped, but there's no head to this beer. Bottom of bottle pours a sludge of sorts. The nose is chocolate covered cherry and coffee beans. The flavor is super bright cherry surrounded by mostly roasted coffee. Coffee just jumped out here from before. Zero chocolate, maybe only a hint of cocoa powder if at all. Oxidation is present. Mildly, but present. Cherry is ever tart. Feel is super buzzing.

For best results, drink fresh, it's about as good as its gonna get. I'll see if I can't throw the others in the dark for four years or so.

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Photo of bf7
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GallowsThief
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcsbeer
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkazemi
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkermitj
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mccorak
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beernoobie
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chossboss
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of C_Adams
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shareallthebeer
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a_beckman25
4.54/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kerry4porters
1.25/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of Beginner2
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had parts of this six-pack over two years and I still can't get used to it.
Way, way, too acidic and sour. Cherry is OK in stouts, but not this way.
This may be for the very few... and they can have it.

This is listed in the "1001" beers and undermines the integrity of the whole book.

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Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sposter4
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Raziel313
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Cherry Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 41.1% out of 100 with 2,540 ratings
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