Bells Cherry Stout

Bells Cherry Stout

Rated 3.550 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Bell's Brewery Incorporated

Galesburg, MI, United States

Style:  Fruit Stout

8.5% Alcohol by Volume

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This unique ale begins its life as a powerful and richly sweet stout to which Michigan tart cherries are added. The resulting black brew is complex, sweet and tart with a distinct cherry finish. It will improve with cellaring. Available September - May

ID: 4877 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank2480
Overall Percentile95.4
Style Rank7 of 49
Style Percentile85.7
Lowest Score2.1
Highest Score4.8
Average Score3.581
Weighted Score3.550
Standard Deviation0.544

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  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Poured out 100% solid black and that is the end of a good review. The taste, the mouthfeel and the aroma are all very average. First time Ive had a beer from Bells this average really subpar for Bells.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours a deep opaque sable with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is rich and smoky with undertones of coffee, cherries and unsweetened chocolate. Smoky, slightly sweet flavor has a firm and slightly sour cherry tone as well as hints of coffee and chocolate. Silky smooth texture is just a little tingly.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 6

    I had this beer at Beamer's in Roanoke, VA. Here's the thing - it's a cherry beer but it was WAY OVER THE TOP. There isn't much I don't like by Bells but this was REALLY hard to drink.

  • HANNAH 1021 reviews
    rated 3.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours medium brown with a tall, tan head. The aroma boasts roasted coffee and chocolate, the cherry kicks in as the beer hits room temperature. The flavor is chocolately with a ton of cherry-sourness. Kind of a thin, full-body with strong carbonation. Decent but doesn't really live up to the Bell's that I know and love.

  • RICHSBEER 1929 reviews
    rated 3.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    pours a dark brown with lighter brown highlights with a small creamy tan head forms with sticky foam on the sides, leaving virtually nothing a top. The aroma has a plenty of chocolate malt and a slight metallic note. A fleeting whiff of cherries. The taste is tart, sour cherry. This dominates until the finish, where some mildly bitter chocolate finishes things up. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little velvety, though there is a tartness that creates a puckering reaction.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Finally bought this brew after years of skipping it at Riley's. Pours a dark reddish brown body, nice brown head. Aroma is tart fruit, fermented fruit and oak. Taste is creamy, tart cherries, chocolate, and brown sugar flavors. Lots of little spritz in the glass. An inexpensive desert like beer.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 2.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Kind of like a stout meets a sour, the stout starts the experience but then is overrun by the sour cherries. Aroma is mostly roasted malts and cherry. Appearance is strong, good rich black with thick brown head. Not really the best beer experience out there.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    bells continues to impress. seems to be a polarizing beer, but i thought it was quite good. the sweet tart cherry aspect was subdued in the aroma til it got to room temp. lots of chocolate and roasted malt. big aroma, flavor, and full thick feel for a 7% brew. vinous. cool balance of sweet malt, chocolate, roasted grain, a touch of hops, and tart cherries with a semisweet finish.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Sampled this right after trying the Kalamazoo Stout for the first time. Wishing I got extra Kalamazoo instead. I have been wanting to try this for a while, so grabbed a single to preview. I liked the Kalamazoo a lot better. This actually reminded me of the Kalamazoo as far as the base goes, but the added cherry juice didn't do it for me. I think I it is official, I like my beers brewed with fruit....not with juice added. The appearance is still thick and dark, with an added red tint cause of the cherry and all. It was kind of cool at first, but in the end I think it was a little odd and took away the awe that a midnight black gives. I'll repeat, can't wait to buy a 6'er of the Kalamazoo though!

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    In my beer run earlier today, this one caught the eye. Pours like a syrup, richly dark with mahogany tones. A big richly tan foamy head rises above. Some hang time, settling eventually into a thickcap atop the body. I get notes of coffee in the nose. The body is thick and nicely carbonated to provide a smooth ride down the olde gullet. The tart cherries take front stage in the tasting with a backdrop of chocolate and the coffee that was in the nose. Bell’s delivers again.

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