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

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

Style: American Double / 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,430
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
162
pDev:
7.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of robotic_being
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dafla67
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanPoff
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -7.8%
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 -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eman17
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I would submit that this is the perfect stout for late spring/early summer. Let's start with the body, which is lighter and thinner for an imperial, but it is exactly what this beer needed. The whiskey barrel, malts, including the vanilla and dark chocolate notes, and ultimately the cherries, are plenty rich and deep for the flavoring, so the body didn't need to robust nature. In fact, the cherry finish floats up the palate with the warm whiskey spice perfectly with this body.

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Photo of Chilmer
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Junior
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Very dark brown, almost black, with a thin mocha head.
S - Whiskey, roasted malt and a hint of something sweet.
T - Sweet, roasted malt, with a tart cherry finish and the slightest hint of whiskey.
F - Full bodied, but crisp, with a little heat at the end. Very well balanced flavors.
O-Very good. The tart cherry finish mixes very nicely with the other flavors. Very easy drinking, all things considered.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Packaged on date of 12/05/2017. Pours a brownish black color with no head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is boozey and woody with some dark cherries, roasted malts, caramel and dark chocolate. The taste is Whiskey soaked sour cherries. Some chocolate and roasted malts as well but this one is mostly booze and cherries. Vanilla and wood at the end with a dark cherry finish. Medium body with low carbonation. Slightly puckering.

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Photo of cmoore32
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeLev
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TH28
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 12/5/17 bottle date. Appearance: Typical jet black and opaque with a low lying, thick bubbled, brown head.
Aroma: Charred oak, chocolate, touch of roast.
Taste: Rich malt sweetness heavy on chocolate and roast, turning to a tart dark chocolate. Oak and vanilla character appear on the backside with a fairly strong bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light carbonation and a light warming alcohol that blends in nicely
Finish: Tart cherry leads the way over an underlying roast and chocolate. Charred oak character pops up retronasally.
Overall: Really nice imperial stout that adds a pleasant tart cherry contrast over a very light whiskey barrel character of charred oak and vanilla. Chocolate still the dominant character throughout. Alcohol heat is well restrained and pleasant

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Photo of tdm168
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 162 ratings