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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by gatornation on 05-22-2017

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Ranking:
#5,379
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
173
pDev:
7.35%
 
 
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Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giggy
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dankacheese
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev -2%
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!

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Photo of JakerLou
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of colts9016
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Diura
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong cherry and bourbon taste

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Photo of robotic_being
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dafla67
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Westmi
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanPoff
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle dated 12/17 into a snifter.

A: Pours a Coke color brown with about a half a finger of quickly retreating. Good just wish it had more head.

S: Sweet dark chocolate, cherries, whiskey. About what I'd expect.

T: Very complex - you get a hit of sweet cherry and some tartness. Malts, and some melted chocolate flavors as the beer warms.

M: It's actually very light and almost spritzy. Not heavy or filling at all.

I usually don't drink something like this in the summer, but it's surprisingly balanced

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, packaged on 12/05/2017. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around for a bit. There's a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like cherries, whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some oak. Good amount of tart cherry and whiskey flavors noticeable, I really like the overall taste of this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this a lot, after 6 months it's drinking pretty good right now. Definitely worth picking up a bottle or 2! $6.99 a bottle, bought this last month so I assume there's still some sitting around on the shelves.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Aroma is cherry followed by an immediate hit of whiskey. Roasted and toasted malts are abundant behind. Flavor profile is deep notes of cherry, whiskey, and roasted and toasted malts. Whiskey is a touch hot, but mixes well with the slightly tart cherries to form a complex brew. While the flavor is focused on a heavy stout mixed with cherries and whiskey barrels. Mouth feel is thick with a velvety, but rather smooth texture. Time in the barrel really smoothed things out. Overall, a tasty, interesting brew. Tart cherries meet a little whiskey heat, all layered over dark, dense malts.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a frothy tan head; leggy, with splashy dots lining the side of the chalice

Smell: Tart cherry and oak with hints of roast, vanilla and whiskey

Taste: Sweet cherry flavors dominate the front end, with the tart tones building in the back; a lot of oak forward, as well, with vanilla prominent; in the middle, the tart cherry and oak combine with hints of whiskey; the finish fades into fruit and oak; a touch of chocolate in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; surprisingly thin for the ABV

Overall: Somewhere in this fruit beer hides a barrel-aged stout; maybe time will allow that aspect to emerge

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eman17
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Cherry Stout - Whiskey Barrel-Aged from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 173 ratings