Favorite and Least Favorite: Bell's

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  1. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (346) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    Favorite: expedition
    Not a fan of their brown.
  2. gonzo000

    gonzo000 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2014 Massachusetts

    Favorite - Two Hearted - excellent beer
    Least - Amber Ale - which was good - I have only had two offerings from Bells
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  3. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    This is my favorite part of the response. Two Hearted just isn't for me as well.
  4. BWM-77

    BWM-77 Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2014 Kentucky

    Least: Consecrator Doppelbock
    Most: Oberon cans
    Honorable mention: Hell Hath No Fury
  5. linnymtu

    linnymtu Zealot (565) Apr 2, 2010 Michigan

    Favs: Hopslam, Two Hearted, Black Note
    Least: Midwestern Pale Ale, Venus
  6. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,864) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    Favorite: Two Hearted

    Least: Oarsman and Midwest Pale Ale

    Honorable: Best Brown
  7. Bosoxbennie

    Bosoxbennie Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2015 Indiana

    Favorite: Expedition or Smitten
    Least: Midwest
    And yeah i agree Centennial is better than 2 hearted. I love bell's but they can be overhyped at times
  8. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Defender (620) Nov 22, 2012 Illinois

    Favorite -Expedition ( barely edging Third Coast Old Ale)
    Least - Oarsman
  9. Tylertut

    Tylertut Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2014 Ohio

    Favorite: Expedition Stout (One of my favorite stouts from any brewery)
    Least Favorite: Cherry Stout
  10. CapCollector16

    CapCollector16 Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2015 Ohio

    Favorite: Cherry Stout and Hopslam
    Least: Java Stout
  11. mnredsoxfan69

    mnredsoxfan69 Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2013 Minnesota

    Fav: Fresh Two Hearted on tap! :<3 :<3
    Not Fav: Venus - A noble experiment gone horribly awry.
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  12. tigg924

    tigg924 Poo-Bah (5,973) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    My favorite is their Amber. Just a really good take on the style. Their only offering that I have tried and did not care for was their Cherry Stout.
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  13. KMitch

    KMitch Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2012 Alabama

    Favorite: Two Hearted (On Tap), Java Stout, "cellared 1 year...AT LEAST" Cherry Stout
    Least Favorite: "fresh" Cherry Stout

    I saw some discussion between a couple of guys about the Cherry Stout.

    @Boomer4ES I TOTALLY agree with the whole cough syrup analogy...I get that too if it is fairly fresh. I can drink it but I don't care for the boozy, Chreomulsion flavor. However, if you properly cellar that beer for AT LEAST a year that flavor goes away totally and it becomes a really good beer and actually becomes one of my favorites by them. It really transforms into a different beer after aging to me. I'm wondering if maybe @JohnSnowNW had one with some age on it and that's why he didn't get that flavor.
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  14. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota

    I've had Cherry Stout a couple of times, and did not take note of the age when I was drinking them. If it's true the taste is reminiscent of cough syrup when young, I will count myself lucky that I got some older bottles.
  15. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Favorite: After having it again this year, Hopslam. There are a few close calls, but Hopslam still wins for me.
    Least favorite: Midwestern "Pale Ale" ... while Mercury underwhelmed me a lot and Venus was indeed a bit of a weird mess, Midwestern was just a bad beer to me. Not good.
  16. michman

    michman Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2005 Illinois

    i like it. michigan cherries are not for everyone. very tart. i grew up mid mich and enjoy them quite a bit. maybe its an acquired taste. they clearly wouldnt keep making if if nobody was buying it. like u said, dif strokes for dif folks.
  17. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Illinois

    Favorite: Black Note
    Least Favorite: Venus and Mercury. Both sucked hard
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  18. Boomer4ES

    Boomer4ES Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2012 North Carolina

    Thanks for the recommendation. I love Bell's, and I would love to try this out. No one has ever recommended aging it before, and I'm not sure I gave it a fair enough chance to try it myself. I have always had it on tap or fairly fresh in bottles. I may pick up a few singles and throw in the cellar just to see how it works for me. I do like the tartness of the cherries, but the flavor is just too strong and doesn't work for me. Thanks again.
  19. Boomer4ES

    Boomer4ES Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2012 North Carolina

    The Quince was so fantastic. I was lucky enough to try it at a Bell's tap takeover a few months back and I fell in love. I only wish I could have taken some to go. You definitely can't drink too much in a sitting. It reminded me a lot of Boulevard's BBQ but was more robust and I think even more flavorful. Fantastic beer.
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  20. FaradayUncaged

    FaradayUncaged Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Michigan

    Overall a huge fan of Bell's.

    Favorites: Expedition, HopSlam

    No-so-Much: Mercury

    With several in-betweens that see fridge space on rotation.
  21. atrocity

    atrocity Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2013 Virginia

    Favorite: Black Note
    Least favorite: Mercury

    edit: had originally said Venus.. but actually I dislike Mercury more.
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  22. SaisonRichBiere

    SaisonRichBiere Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2011 Michigan

    Favorites: Two Hearted, Hopslam, Oarsman -(120 calories, great tasting beer if your calorie conscious)
    Least: Cherry Stout
  23. horsehockey

    horsehockey Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2014 Illinois

    Favorite: Two Hearted Ale. It's a world class IPA.

    Least Favorite: Brown Ale. It was very bland. For a Brown Ale it's not very malty. Not a terrible beer but I wouldn't seek it out.
  24. ndepriest

    ndepriest Initiate (158) Feb 21, 2012 Georgia

    Favorite: Quinannan Falls Lager
    Least: Midwestern
  25. floridadrift

    floridadrift Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Florida

    Two years ago, I was walking dog the street at sunset with my beagle and a red solo cup full of Double Cream, what a great beer. Best Brown Ale is probably the best brown ale, too, for regular distribution; super-girl friendly.

    Least: Amber Ale, Christmas Ale, Two-Hearted
  26. charlzm

    charlzm Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2007 California

  27. MittenBrews

    MittenBrews Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2015 North Carolina

    Favorite(s): Too many!!
    Least: Porter or Lager of the Lakes (haven't tried Cherry Stout, fortunately as it sounds from most replying in this thread!)
  28. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Devotee (471) Nov 18, 2008 New York

    Least Fave - Bell's Mercury
    Favorite - Tie between Black Note and Two Hearted.
  29. Filabee

    Filabee Devotee (473) Dec 6, 2012 Michigan

    Favorite: X-Slam (blend of Expedition Stout and HopSlam...Usually shows up for Roll Out the Barrel party)
    Least Liked: Cherry Stout
  30. MittenBrews

    MittenBrews Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2015 North Carolina

    What does X-Slam taste like?? Curious...
  31. Filabee

    Filabee Devotee (473) Dec 6, 2012 Michigan

    Pure goodness...It is a perfect balance of the hops in the stout. I am a huge fan of Hopslam but find this mix far more enjoyable. You get the hops smell and taste but the stout seems to smooth it all out. Wished it was bottled!
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  32. MikeP64

    MikeP64 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2015 South Carolina

  33. tjmiller718

    tjmiller718 Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2011 Virginia

    Favorite: This One Goes To 11, Expedition Stout, Oberon, Oarsman
    Least: Java Sout, Venus
  34. LakerLeith

    LakerLeith Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2013 California

    Favorites: BBA Cherry Stout, Hopslam, Two Hearted, Expedition
    Least Favorites: Amber Ale, Christmas Ale, Winter White Ale, Mars, Venus
  35. JAPack521

    JAPack521 Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013 California

    Oh man. Thank you for saying this. The Bells Cherry stout is a medicinal abomination, and remains to this day my least favorite beer I've ever had, which is weird because I like most of what Bells puts out.
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  36. PaulyB83

    PaulyB83 Crusader (746) Sep 1, 2013 Michigan

    I get what you mean with the BBQ comparison, thought the quince really added an almost cherry like flavor to the beer. Truth is I didn't really even know what a quince was until I had this beer.
  37. Phramboise

    Phramboise Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2013 Kentucky

    Favorite: Black Note/The Oracle/BA Expedition
    Least Favorite: VENUS!!!! Ewww. How did this even make it to bottle.

    Everything I've ever had from Bell's except the Venus has at least been pretty good. Great company but I don't know what they were thinking with the Venus.
  38. SoleBriety

    SoleBriety Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2013 California

    Fave: Tie between Two Hearted and Expedition
    Least: Mercury
  39. SDDLSK

    SDDLSK Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2015 Minnesota

    Fav: Oberon, a summertime standard and Hopslam, the beer that got me into hops
    Least: Mercury, unremarkable in every way
  40. Gtreid

    Gtreid Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2008 Florida

    Fav: Hopslam
    Least fav: Cherry stout, just a horrible beer.
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