30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
When a beer reaches a milestone like this, a special batch is required. Brewed with even more cherries than the original that inspired it, this version celebrates 30 years of a Bell’s classic.

Added by superspak on 12-30-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
208
pDev:
8.46%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
35
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of zachary80
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Packaged 05/10/2018
Beer pours black with some ruby highlights with minimal head (looks low amount of carb)
Strong roast aroma with with a hint of tart cherry
Good base stout with some moderate cherry flavor, not sweet or tart
Low carb on the mouthfeel and somewhat thin. No alc presence
Overall very good.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a 11 May 2018 bottling date stamped on the label.
Pours essentially black with a short, weak tan head.Some ruby-brown shows at the edges. Minimal lacing.
Mild and appealing aroma with notes of dried cherries. some alcohol, and dark roasted grains.
Flavor: the cherries feature less prominently here than in the aroma until some warming occurs. Some chocolate note are added.
Medium-full body with low carbonation.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DIM
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger foamy dark brown head that reduces to leave nothing behind

S- equal mix of dark cherry and chocolate on the nose, reminiscent to a cherry cordial. Undertones of anise, caramel & vanilla

T- the cherry breaks through with a tartness up front, like an unripe cherry. Mid-palate turns slightly sweet, with notes of chocolate and a hint of caramel. The finish gives more cherry with a bit of a chocolate linger

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

O- fairly two dimensional in flavor; cherry and chocolate. Still quite enjoyable

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

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is capped with less than an inch of mocha head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is dark roasted malt with dark cherries. I get hints of anise, chocolate, and coffee.

The cherry is more pronounced in the flavor. I also get chocolate and coffee with hints of anise.

Full bodied with smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation

This is a well made cherry stout. The tart cherry works well in this stout.

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lochef81
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled December 2018 from 12oz bottle in snifter style glass. There is a bottled on date of May 10, 2018 date on listed on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark black, dark color, with a ver thin dark tan head of less than 1 finger. The head lasted only a short length of time, and did not leave much lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Caramel, coffee, malt aromas. There are also roasted fire aromas, along with some coffee, vanilla, and cherries in the aroma. Nice combination and balance between the aromas.

Taste: Pronounced cherry and caramel flavors. Also coffee and burnt malt flavors. Full-bodied with interesting balance of flavors. It is very smooth. There is a hint of chocolate that may be due to the oats and malts, but it has a very good taste. Light hop flavor as well. The flavors provide for a unique stout.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with strong alcohol which matches with the 9.00% on the label.

Overall: This cherry Stout reserve is a very good stout. It has strong flavors as well as alcohol, and the mix of caramel, malts, and cherries makes for a unique and interesting stout. Due to the sweetness from the cherries, I will drink the rest as a dessert style beer.

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Photo of claminat420
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz labeled 21468 051018 then 16:26 0055369 underneath it on the shoulder of the bottle. poured heavily into my bell's pint glass.

Appearance- the typical stout look with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly. you do see a flash of red in the pour. nothing special.

Aroma- booze. burnt caramel with some light cherry candy notes.

Taste- a tart cherry with some smokiness. alil bit boozy but nothing too crazy. bitterness is f*cked from how tart this is.

Mouthfeel- a nice medium/ heavy body with some silkiness. really solid. carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability- easily gonna crush the four pack tonight.

Overall- i don't get where other reviews were calling this sweet. it's tart. it's prolly the max tartness i could do. you almost think the carbonation is gonna be terrible from how fast the head dies down but it's fine. the mouthfeel of this sassy beer is it's highlight. if you can grab this i would. debating on grabbing another four pack.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an ink black coming out of the bottle, no head at first, until nearly the end of the pour when a billowing mocha foam rises to the top. Carbonation is visible while the beer’s color takes on brown and ruby hues while in the glass.
Roasty aromas Greer the nose, including cocoa powder, light coffee roast, nutty malts and notes of toffee. The cherry aroma is merely hinted at. A peppery and spicy aroma develops throughout.
The taste opens with flavors of chocolate and moderate roasted malts. However, the middle palate brings on a strong burst of cherry juice flavor that extends into the finish. Its light tartness brightens and balances the roastiness of the malts, however, soon it becomes downright sweet. Nevertheless, the alcohol phenols provide a bit of peppery spice and heat that prevents it from being too cloying.
Full bodied, viscous and smooth. Moderately carbonated and with a slowly developing spicy alcohol warmth in the finish.
More of a sipper and definitely a dessert beer. Maybe my palate is off tonight, but I’m just not getting much of the charred, smoky and toasty malt bitterness others are talking about here, instead, I thought the cherries dominated. Although this bothered me at times, it grew on me.

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Photo of bucrogers26th
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick viscous shiny black color. Lovely color. No head to speak of at any point. Very thin ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of roasted malts, bit of smokey character, hints of cherry, and notes of oak and char.

Taste has notes of charred smokey malts, hints of tobacco, chocolate, light notes of overly ripe cherry peep through, but take a back seat to the charred smokey notes. The char provides a lightly lingering bitterness on the back end.

Feel is thick, viscous, and full bodied. Coats the mouth. Semi-dry finish.

Overall this is a lovely stout. The cherries are more complimentary than punch you in the face, but I really appreciated the subtly and how it complimented the beer overall. Well done from Bell's - I hope this isn't the last I see of this one.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on November 5, 2018. This vintage is brewed with whole cherries and oak chips. Sweet with a medium to full body.

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Photo of arrowsmith_
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FriedSlug
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

SUper dark and thick beer. An agressive pour only yields half a finger of brown head. nose is a little smokey, a little oakey and full of cherries. The beer is sweet and tart with a ton of cherries. The oakiness is prominent. There is a char bitterness and and some bitter dark chocolate at the end. This is a beast of a beer and it gets better the warmer it gets.

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Photo of Bmarkalan1970
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Over powering stout

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick black with reddish hints, especially in thed thin head that was present.
Smells of roasty goodness and cherry.
Taste follows with roasty malts, some chocolate, and tart cherry. I'm enjoying the cherry in this.
Medium to full body with a good carb level. Smooth, creamy feel.
Overall a tasty one, I wouldn't expect anything less from Bells.

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Photo of chris826
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of meanmutt
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of corywalston
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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30th Anniversary Cherry Stout Reserve from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 208 ratings