Cherry Stout - Whiskey Barrel-Aged
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,582
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,900
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
121
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 09, 2021
Added:
May 22, 2017
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  24
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Cherry Stout - Whiskey Barrel-AgedCherry Stout - Whiskey Barrel-Aged
Notes: Aged for up to 12 months in whiskey barrels, our signature Cherry Stout evolves into something even more flavorful and complex. Notes of oak, vanilla and dark chocolate are intertwined with tart Michigan cherries in a stout that seduces the palate.
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Rated: 3.5 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Oct 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.59 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Jun 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.9 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Nov 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.83 by EMV from Pennsylvania

Aug 06, 2020
 
Rated: 2.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Aug 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.51 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Apr 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Wolvmar from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Mar 2020 Review
Dec 2017 bottle.
Pour: deep reddish brown with small head and little lacing or clouds. 3.0

Nose: pretty similar but fairly faint. 3.25

Taste: subtle cherry, chocolate, whiskey, a little vanilla on the backend. Much more mellow than when fresh, much more enjoyable. 4.0

Mouthfeel: low to moderate carbonation, slight oiliness, medium viscosity. 3.75

Overall: look and smell were nothing special this time but taste is much improved over fresh and probably a bit better with another year+ age. I would buy again but only to cellar immediately and enjoy after a year or more. Heavily weighting overall score to taste. 3.75


Nov 2, 2018 Review
Bottle dated Dec 2017. Similar pour and smell. Taste is where things improved. Maybe just the night but I found the cherry much subtler and more in balance with the whiskey, dark fruits and chocolate flavors. Really enjoyed this although Not an all time favorite. If you’ve tried it once relatively fresh, try it again after a year, or maybe more, of aging. I’m going to pick up another bottle if I see it and try again in another year and more. Bumped taste and overall ratings to 4.0 from 3.75

Dec 2017 vintage poured into a pint glass. I’ve had Bell’s Cherry Stout in the past and haven’t been a big fan.

Pours dark brown with very little head. Kept a collar while drinking with some fine bubble lacing.

Smell: cherry, dark chocolate, slight whiskey aroma. A little vanilla and dried dark fruit. I liked the smell. It didn’t overpower you with the cherry like the regular stout.

Taste: similar to the smell but cherry sweetness more upfront with some alcohol and hops bitterness softening the blow as you drink. Chocolate and some vanilla Round it out. I think this is reasonably well done with more complexity than the regular cherry stout. Also a softer cherry taste makes it more enjoyable. However, still too many things going on for me and balance is off a bit. I love cherries but even with the whisky barrel aging, the cherry is overpowering.

Mouthfeel: very slight carbonation which is fine by me. Slightly oily feel but not a milkshake or watery. Pretty solid.

Overall: I’m impressed with this compared to the regular cherry stout but not a huge fan in general. It’s sweet and borders on overdone. Somewhat like Founders Frootwood but not as well balanced. I think it will get better with age and have two bottles in the cellar. More in a year or so...
Mar 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled Dec 2017

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- equal parts oaky bourbon barrel and stewed cherries up front, followed by notes of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, molasses, as well as some red wine-like notes. There's also a tartness that smells like stewed cranberries

T- bit hit of tartness up front, followed by equal parts chocolate and cherry, as well as caramel and vanilla cream. The finish brings out a hint of barrel, adding oak and bourbon, lingers of cherry and roast

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish

O- the tartness of the cherries works well with the base beer. Bourbon came across strong on the nose but subdued on flavor
Mar 10, 2020
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Reviewed by fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Regular Bell's Cherry Stout was an old favorite, so eager to try this one.

Appearance: Near black, almost no head.

Smell: Bourbon barrel and red fruit. Smells almost like a pinot noir.

Taste: Gentle vanilla and oak, cherry juice, dark chocolate. Pleasant.

Feel: Smooth, creamy, and sugary, with light carbonation. Dry finish at the back.

Overall: Been a while since I've had the original, but it does taste what I remember the original to be like, plus some barrel flavor. A very good sweet imperial stout.
Feb 17, 2020
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle into a tulip. Packaged 12/5/17, so 2 years in the bottle on top of a year in the whiskey barrel.

Looks good in the glass. Jet black body, small tan head dissipating to a ring and faint covering. Light lacing

Mild aromas of cherry and whiskey.

On tasting, the aging has smoothed out the whiskey, so this is a very pleasant drink. Cherry taste is luscious, and the warmth of the whiskey is clean. Hard to find the stout base in this though.

Mouth a little above medium, finish, as it warms, a luscious cherry taste.

Overall, good beer, happy to have tried it with some age on it, as harsh booze in a beer is not my thing.
Jan 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.91 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Dec 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by prototypic from Ohio

Sep 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Aug 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Black in color with no penetration to light. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering two thirds of the middle. The aroma is of sweet whiskey and faint dark cherries. I’m tasting a lightly sweet whiskey, dark cherry, and dark malt flavored beer. The mouth is lightly chewy and sticky. Honestly, considering the ABV it’s pretty smooth.
Jul 27, 2019
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown with a foamy that disappeared quickly. Aroma of whiskey, fruit and vanilla. Taste of tart cherry up front with a slight alcohol taste at the end. Good mouth feel.
Apr 28, 2019
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I like the look and mouthfeel the most. The lacing sticks around for a few minutes at least and it feels reasonably thick and syrupy. The best stouts are still thicker for me though. I like the cherry smell too but it’s lacking the whiskey notes that I really love. It’s there but just not as strong as I prefer. I’m surprised it’s been aged a full year in a whiskey barrel as it’s under 10% abv and I few could use more barrel.

Taste wise I like the slight tartness the cherry brings. This was bottled about a 17 months ago, so I think some of the cherry has died down. It sounds like it has improved in age as I read some of the reviews. Even so, I’m not finding this terrible complex. I like this, but probably won’t seek it out again unless I’m really in the mood for a cherry stout. I will save my money for BA Expedition forever.
Apr 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by BrookW from Virginia

Feb 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by y2kawakami from Hawaii

Feb 16, 2019
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 12/5/17, had 6/26/18.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, with a quickly dissipating short head and spotty lacing. Aromas of cherries, some whiskey, smoke, oak, malt, light chocolate, some caramel, a little burnt wood. The taste is cherries, malt, oak, more chocolate than the nose, some caramel and vanilla, a little whiskey, a light sourness from the cherries. Smooth, a good medium to full body, well carbonated.

Good overall, but for being aged “up to 12 months”, it lacks depth and complexity, it’s fairly straightforward. Aging a couple, hopefully that will help. Worth a try, but it was at a pretty high price point for what you get.
Feb 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Jan 15, 2019
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Reviewed by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
4 pk with a package date of 12/17. Poured into a Spieglau tulip.

I love this. Dark chocolate with subtle sour cherries peeking through. Mouth feel a little thin, and I wish it had a bit more of a spirit profile...but I will definitely be buying more of this to cellar.
Jan 09, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I think these cherry imperial stouts that Bell's puts out - similar to the 30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve that I tried a while back - just aren't for me. Hyped and well-reviewed, but the cherry flavors just don't do it for me, and that's a shame as I love Michigan cherries. Pours a nice deep, dark black color with a little tan head and very scant spotty lingering lacing. Smells of sweet, tart cherries, a little bourbon, wood and coffee. Tastes of very tart, not-overly-sweet cherries - and then there's everything else in the background. Bourbon, oak, malt, milk chocolate, dark coffee, caramel. Unfortunately the cherry flavor just overpowers everything else and that tartness is just too much for me - although admittedly I'm not a fan of sours. No real cloying factor, though. Thin, mild mouthfeel with decent carbonation. If I liked my fruity flavors more tart then I'm sure I would have enjoyed this beer more.
Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a nice brown head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a very nice dark chocolate brown that strongly resembles a black color. The texture is very nice looking and appears to be fairly smooth with a nice heavy look to it.

The smell is good. It has a good moderate whiskey note of vanilla with bits of spice and leather. The whiskey is supplemented with a good cherry tartness that works well but can seem a a bit off putting. The chocolate is sweet but is heavily hidden by the other notes.

The taste is good. It has the same notes but the cherry tart comes out more and ahead of the other notes. The whiskey comes out more in the finish than upfront.

The feel is good. It's a heavy bodied beer but comes off as fairly drinkable and slick. There is also a nice acidity to it all.

Overall, a pretty unique beer that is fairly interesting and a fairly interesting choice for the brewery to amke and actually works to a certain extent.
Dec 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by Bum4ever from California

Dec 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.39 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Dec 17, 2018
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and with little mocha head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is pretty special. I get whiskey, oak, dark chocolate, and tart cherry.

The taste doesn't have as much of the whiskey. I taste dark chocolate and tart cherry. The cherry kind of takes over for a minute, but then the dark chocolate comes around in the finish. I only get hints of the whiskey. I get some oak in the finish.

Medium bodied with a semi dry mouthfeel

I really enjoy this beer. I should have got a six pack insteead of a single. Sometimes I screw myself being a tight ass.
Dec 16, 2018
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Single bottle acquired fin Mack’s Beverage in Cleveland at $6.99 US (like $30 CDN - not quite but...more $CDN). A very interesting beer - not had a lot of whiskey barrel aged beers. Packaged date 12/05/17 so depending on whether that is May or December 12-18 months old. Bottle does tell me “Shelf Life - Unlimited”.
Pours a clear black with 1/2 finger reddish browny head that dissipates quickly leaving some faint reddish notes along edge of glass. Aroma when poured was a bit muted (my bad - too cold), but as warmed got a good dose of the whiskey on the nose with hints of cherry fruitiness and some vanilla.
The taste is up front whiskey laced tart cherry with hints of chocolate - a tart Black Forest cake boozed up with whiskey. The whiskey takes over at the finish, fighting off the cherry chocolate.
A little thinner on the palate than expected, but medium and appropriate - actually gets a little bit creamy and finishes with a slightly boozy spark. I did like this, though at $7 US for 12 oz bottle not sure I would jump at again - think if more of a sour fan would really like. Would like to try the bourbon barrel aged version though.
Nov 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Nov 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.12 by Giggy from Michigan

Nov 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.82 by Dankacheese from Illinois

Oct 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got this one from rutger a couple summers ago. Thanks, man!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, somewhat creamy tan head with good retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp, then ends up in a splotchy wisp and leaves falling dots of lacing as the glass empties.

SMELL: Whisky, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate and a hint of cherries in the back somewhere. Pretty nice, really.

TASTE: Tart cherries with whisky, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate up front. Flavorful for sure. Bold finish of whisky, vanilla, sweet cream, milk chocolate and a bit of tartness. Some booze as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly foamy on the palate, goes down fine with a slight scratch and finishes sticky. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Pretty good stuff. The cherries are a minor player at this point in the game but the base whisky barreled stout is solid all around. Usually Bell’s is hit-or-miss with me and this one was rather nice. Thanks again, rutger!
Oct 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Oct 23, 2018
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
I received this beer from a past BIF. I have drunk eight beer from this brewery. The beer is solid but nothing spectacular. I am unsure what to think about this beer, cherries and barrel age. The beer is 48 degree and served in a tulip glass. The hard pour in the glass produced a one finger head. The head is dark brown with a reddish tint. It dissipated remarkably fast leaving nothing behind. The color is dark brown almost black and opaque.

The aromas in the beer are cherries, cough syrup, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, wood, raisins, dark roasted malt, bready, char, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and earthy.

The first sip of the beer was immense cherry notes. The second taste is chocolate, dark roasted malts, char, molasses, coffee, and earthy notes. I rolled the beer in my mouth I got vanilla and raisins.

The mouthfeel of the beer is tart and thin.

The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

I do not like this beer. Everything about this beer screams incomplete. The balance in the beer is off kilter. The cherry tartness overpowers the rest of the flavor profile. The beer has this sourness that comes from the cherries. The body of the beer is thin and wanted a thicker body. The barrel age does come through; however, it does little to lend to the profile.
Oct 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by dsshuck from Delaware

Sep 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.07 by Diura from New York

Aug 01, 2018
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Side by side with regular and the 30th anniversary reserve. Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a tasting glass. This beer pours pitch black and forms a tan crown. The smell is whiskey and whiskey with oak and slight cherry. The taste is once again whiskey, whiskey, whiskey and then slight cherries. Surprising me on this one, because I always look to Bells to have great balance and this isn't quite bringing that. I like the dry oak notes and think they go good with the cherries, if that damn whiskey was just toned back a little this could be so much better. The mouthfeel is dry from the oak. Overall, this was my least favorite of the three because I am a beer drinker, not a whiskey drinker, and while I do enjoy good barrel aged beer offerings, I prefer them to have more balance than this. If I want whiskey, I'll buy it.
Jul 21, 2018
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Rated by Scott_McCool from Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Strong cherry and bourbon taste
Jul 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.93 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.48 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Jul 13, 2018
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle. Poured out a jet-black color with a very, very small tan head of foam. It smelled of whiskey, oak and cherry. Sweet chocolate and cherry with a boozy finish.
Jul 06, 2018
Cherry Stout - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 198 ratings