Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry StoutBell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American-style stout with tart Michigan cherries aged in bourbon barrels from various distilleries.

Added by mcallister on 07-21-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,944
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
391
pDev:
11.3%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
307
Gots:
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Trade:
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12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/5/2017. Pours opaque pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lightly tart cherries, fruit skin, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, coconut, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, cherries, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart cherries, fruit skin, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, coconut, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light roast bitterness, bourbon/oak spice, and cherry tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart cherries, fruit skin, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light coffee/smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, cherries, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and cherry tang/tartness balance; with zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing pucker from cherries. Lightly increasing dryness from cherry tang/tartness, roast bitterness, and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Light cherry tang/acidity, bourbon/oak tannins, and slight chalky roast. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.3%. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged fruit stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, cherries, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly acidic/tannic/drying finish. Absolutely perfect balance between stout, cherries, and bourbon barrels. Great barrel integration with zero booze at all. A highly enjoyable offering. Definitely a nice improvement over the base beer, which I still really enjoy. The silky barrel smoothness is definitely a highlight, along with the added barrel complexities.

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Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 391 ratings
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