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RATINGS: 1509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 1 year old bottle. Pours jet black with big creamy tan head. Mostly lasting, some lacing. Aroma is cherries, coffee and chocolate. Flavor starts out with tart cherries, then the sweet malt and chocolate comes through. Flavor has mellowed and blended quite well with age. Texture is smooth and very creamy. Long finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Another yummy stout from bells. Bitter chocolate and anise to open with a sour cherry body peaking through. Toasted and dark with a good cherry flavour. This is a good winter brew with a deceptive abv.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1549) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle courtesy of CharlesDarwin. No Batch ID #. A very thin chestnut head on top of an opaque jet-black body. The aroma is very estery with lots of sour, dark cherries, dark chocolatey malts and some soy sauce. EXTREMELY sour and tart cherries are at the forefront. Itís obvious that itís just cherry juice and not whole cherries that are used. The stout body has some subtle dark chocolate and cocoa flavors. The cherries and the cocoa just donít mesh that well. This doesnít exactly work, but itís very close. A bit of a disappointment for me. I had very high hopes for this beer. Still, Iíd like to see much more of these fruit stouts.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours opaque black with a dark tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is tart cherries - more like a candy than fresh fruit. Mild floral hops and mocha also present. Flavor is sweet with astringent coffee in the finish. Tart cherry, cocoa powder, citrus and perhaps a hint of holiday spices in the middle. Full-bodied, moderately carbonated. Leaves your lips sticky! An interesting beer enjoyable in small doses. Is it worth $15 per sixer? Maybe.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2005
@ Eulogy... Poured black with a merangue-like light brown head. Aroma was mostly heavy coffee. Flavors are strong coffee with a tart cherry finish. Very smooth and creamy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Almost perfect on the appearance... beautiful opaque black pour with a creamy caramel head with a reddish tint to it... but it went away rather quickly. Aroma had some heavy roasted chocolate malt as well as a nice hint of cherries. The cherry tartness meshed rather well with the roastiness on the palate. Medium-bodied. Bitter coffee and tart cherries on the finish. My only catch is that the cherry presence was mostly just tartness, and I couldnít get much of the cherry flavor out of it. However, itís tough to say bad things about a Bellís stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Damn good stuff. Fruit in beer is usually something to avoid (ie., fruit- wheat /wine coolers), but this is impressive. Similar to their Double Cream aside from the cherries. Cherries thankfully are used in moderation, serving to compliment an already fine stout. Nice on a cold night.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juliejalapeno (16) - USA - SEP 4, 2005
this was very enjoyable. the aroma was sweet cherry, balanced by a little bitter coffee. the taste was pretty similar, good cherry taste, without being to sweet or cloying

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 22, 2005
This was a great brew, even my German wife, who likes usually anything but stout, liked this one. The cherry flavor was there, but not dominating, a nice mellow sipping beer, great! Thanks to Duane for this one!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Purchased several times. The first time I had this, I loved the semi-sweet cherry flavor balancing the bitter-sour coffee flavor of the stout. At the time, I though it would be an excellent dessert beer. The second time I had it, the cherry flavor was still present but was more sour and pushed the bitter-sour stout flavor over the top as to be undrinkable. Possibly some variance issues in the cherries used?


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