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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
54
Ratings:
184
pDev:
8.71%
 
 
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3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Marklaker
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pineforest42
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spiejak
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark burgundy color with about one finger of head.

S - Aromas of chocolate and cherries.

T - Bittersweet, malty stout. Cherry notes are very prevelant; more so than past batches. Chocolate notes present.

M - Incredibly smooth and full bodied beer. Very creamy/ heavy and drinkable.

O - Excited to see how this ages! Congrats on 30 years Bell's.

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Photo of jak
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 5/12/18. Black pour but a red hint can be seen in the head. Quite outstanding head volume. Typical retention and lacing for a 9.0% ABV, which is poor.

Outstanding nose that is rich in roast, dark chocolate and cherry. Underneath is a slightly sweet base with notes of molasses. Oak is hard to discern but becomes subtly evident as it warms.

Light heavy body that has creamy aspects. The carbonation / body balance is world class. Mid-palate effervescence is subtly prickly and provides ample flavor separation but doesn't overwhelm the body. The finish is tightly bubbled and prickly.


The flavor profile is borderline quite outstanding. Alcohol becomes slightly uncovered in the lingering finish thus adding a distracting bit of flavor and astringency. The flavor profile is similar to the nose. Roast is well balanced with a bready sweetness that has very subdued molasses notes, thus hurting complexity. As it warms, molasses does ascend a bit. Cherry delivers. It appears mid-palate and flows to tart as the sweetness fades. Chocolate is an ebb and flow between bakers and sweet. Bakers arrives first, shifts to sweet in the middle then returns through the finish. The finish is a slow fade, as described above.

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3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickS95
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gtk1989
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joshkeyes
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Having this on-tap at the Tremont Taphouse the second day of the 10th annual Cleveland Beer Week at the Tremont Taphouse’s annual Bell’s Ruins Beer Week Tap takeover event. This beer draws a dark brown color with tan, light brown head that settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a very nice surface coating film layer of foam. Good lacing too. Aromas of deep, roasted malts along definite cherry and oak along with some coffee notes. The taste is pretty much the same, with roasted malts with a hint of caramel sweetness with cherry and oak that is strongly present, but not overwhelmingly so. Also has some coffee and slightly earthy hoppiness. Very good balance of flavors. Has a smooth, also slightly crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink. Has a slightly dry finish and aftertaste. Glad I got to try this.

Eric

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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.96/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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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 184 ratings