GTown (127) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2005
An excellent stout with the right amount of tartness. Michigan cherries are the best of the breed, and as go fruit beers, so is this. Enjoy... Handle (10) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Strong cherry taste but definitely a strong burnt caramel aroma that for me is not so great. PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
The beer purs a dark black with a tan head. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate. Beer tastes tart at first but has a cherry finish. Not much to say great beer that I hope to be drinking more of! ryan (3185) - 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. 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.
lamas (1661) - 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. It’s obvious that it’s 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 don’t mesh that well. This doesn’t exactly work, but it’s very close. A bit of a disappointment for me. I had very high hopes for this beer. Still, I’d like to see much more of these fruit stouts. 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. 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. Ughsmash (7502) - 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 couldn’t get much of the cherry flavor out of it. However, it’s tough to say bad things about a Bell’s stout. 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.