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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

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Not incredibly thrilled with this Bellís offering. Pours nearly black with thin mocha head. Aroma is predominantly roasted malt with just a whiff of cherries. I like the idea of the fruit-tinged stout, but this one tastes a little off. Heavy roasted malt backbone, burnt coffee grinds, super tart cherry. For me, the tartness of the cherries just didnít groove well with the roasty, overly bitter backbone of this brew. Ho-hum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
whundley3720 (6) - Norlina, USA - OCT 23, 2014 does not count
This was a decent beer from Bellís. I will say itís one of their most interesting beers I have ever had from Bellís, but not their best. Aroma- cherryís, light espresso, and chocolate. Taste- Very tart up front and lingers throughout, but still has that imperial stout backbone. Itís that if you decent, but not the best from Bellís. I will say if this is your style of beer you will love this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7078) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2014
12 oz bottle. Bottled on 09/18/14. (Mr. Billís) Roanoke, VA.
Black colour with a small tan head. Roasted malt, some sourness, chocolate and mild coffee in the aroma. The flavour is mild tartness, roasted malt, vanilla sweetness and berries. Quite balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
e303 (96) - - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle to beer tulip. Pour is jet black with a one finger beige head that leaves a cap and a bit of lacing. The aroma is strong roasty malt, chocolate, and a hint of cherries. The taste is big roasted malt, sweetness, chocolate, and a big smack of tart cherries. The finish is tart and oily with a nice blend of roast and cherry. A really interesting stout that I couldn't drink a sixes of. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4168) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Well done for this up and coming style on the trendometer. Enough balanced roast and tart cherry to do both ends of the equation justice. Finishes tart with a touch of astringency. Big smell of roast and some smoke in finish. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPABevyGuy (41) - New York, USA - OCT 16, 2014
On first sip this stout has a bit of bitterness with a nice roasted malt flavor. Once your pallet sets in the cherry really starts coming out, itís personally a touch to much for me, I prefer flavors like this to be more suttle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (1440) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey. Black with light tan head. Aromas of cherries and light chocolate. Tastes of tart cherries, chocolate, some berries. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
justkoehn (5) - Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2014 does not count
Little to no head and very thin lacing. Rich chocolate aroma with cherries coming in second. However when tasted the sour cherries come first and the chocolate lingers for the aftertaste. Best cherry stout I have had. Enjoy the sour cherries instead of the sweet which are usually used. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (714) - New York, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: Itís dark and thick with a light tan head. The slowly fades out leaving just a ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Lacing is mostly slick. Smell: The aroma has a light toasted grain character with hints of almond like nutty notes and cherries. Taste / Palate: The flavor has a tart cherry roasted maltiness up front. As it warms I get more roasted coffee like malt notes. The finish has a mix of ligjt tartness and bitterness. Carbonation and palate feel right on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1731) - - OCT 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-1-14- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance Ė The beer pours a very deep brown nearly black color with hints of ruby red shining through the very dark body. Upon pouring there is a one finger of cream colored head that forms atop the brew. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a very light level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell Ė The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a cherry smell along with a big level of a roasted malt smell. Along with the sweeter cherry are some other sweeter aromas of a other darker fruits with some raisin and plum as well as a little bit of a caramel smell. Further complimenting the darker roast flavors are some aromas of cocoa, which when combined with the rest creates a nice robust sweet cherry stout smell. Taste Ė The taste begins with a very sweet and sour cherry flavor. There is a moderate roast malt flavor upfront, but in comparison the cherry it is light. A very little bit of cocoa flavor is present upfront as well, with this flavor quickly fading from the taste as it advances to the middle and the end. Along with the loss of the cocoa, so too do the flavors of roast and sweeter cherry dwindle some. While the sweeter cherry lessens a bit it is replaced by some plum like flavors as well as a huge increase in the sour cherry flavors. These flavors take to the taste to its end, where one is left with a lightly roasted, fruity, and massively sour cherry flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The average body is a nice compromise for the roasted flavors and the fruity flavors of the brew, keeping the brew rather easily drinkable even in light of its more tart cherry flavors. Overall Ė An interesting cherry stout. While it starts out with a decent stout flavor, cherry is really the dominating taste in this one, especially at the end where it almost entirely knocks out the stout flavors. While it is not a brew that I would go to all that often, it is one that is well worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"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."

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