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RATINGS: 1514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
fleagle (18) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Bottle purchased in St. Louis. Pours black with a nice head. Aroma of toast, coffee, chocolate. The coffee, bitter chocolate and malty tastes are quickly overwhelmed by an excessive cherryness; not at all well balanced. Maybe I’m just not a fruit beer guy.


3.6
GIJOE (1207) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUL 25, 2017
Pours black with a thin, creamy, tan head. Nose is roasted malts, cherry, and a hint of booze. Taste is well-balanced. Nicely bitter cocoa tones balance the malty sweetness and dodge the possibility of a sugar bomb reminiscent of a cherry cordials. Very nice brew.

3.8
oobawa (1409) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2017
No clue where this score will end up; Bell’s Cherry Stout seems to evolve as it warms, growing more complex and intriguing once you get past the initial blast of cherry tartness. Nice chocolate baseline upon which the cherries flourish, rich and semisweet, giving a solid foundation for the fruity soul of the pint. Never grows sweet, an appreciable touch considering the style’s cherry cordial potential, and a modest but noticeable bitterness firms up the finish. Nose should be better, but otherwise a good beer.

3.7
Cantabrian (1131) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from a Meijers grocery in Holland, Michigan. Black with a tan head, a bit too bubbly to be perfect. Strong aroma of tart cherries and bitter chocolate. Flavour is tart and bitter, with cherries almost overwhelming the chocolate. Strong on the alcohol, it is quite easy to drink. Super nice, but perhaps I was expecting some stronger sweetness on the character overall.

2.8
Msdrbeat (780) - East Lansing, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Bottled. Pours pitch black with an off white head. Lots of cherry as it warms but there’s something smokey in the flavor I do not like.

2.7
crajun (1243) - , Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2016
bottle rec’d in trade; aged for awhile. knew I wouldn’t like it - at least a found a nephew to share it with. too much cherries; sweetness; hint of vinous. not for me.

3
gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Bottle thanks to sherrice. Dark brown with a light brown head. Light mouth feel. Cherry and roasted malt nose. Average carbonation.

3
PanMarek (447) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2016
Dark, malty nose with some chocolate and cherry. Dark brown / black pour with creamy beige foam that persists. Heavy body with slick texture and light fizz. The roasted malts come out in the taste with a touch of bitterness that balances the cherry tartness well.

4.1
onceblind (9688) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Black pour with a thin light tan ring of foam around the glass, giving off a lovely nose of black malt roast, dark bittersweet cocoa, and a big dose of cherry. Smooth and wonderous flavor that starts sweet and dark chocolaty, gets a tart but fleshy bit of cherry juice, there’s a wee bit of roast and black malt, then a cherry flesh and light tart juicy finish with a touch more chocolate in there. Delightful.

3.5
drsordr (2659) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Draft to taster at cappy’s pour opaque black with thin tan head. Nose light roasted malt, mineral chocolate, slight dusty. Taste minerality up front, roasted malt, bakers dark chocolate. Only getting minimal cherry very late in the finish.

4.2
zoucrew102 (1880) - - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle, thanks Christina! Roasted malt aroma with notes of tart cherries and chocolate. Pours very dark brown with a very slight ruby tinge as well as a thin but retentive light brown head that also has excellent lacing. Starts with roasted malt and chocolate flavors with a bit of cherry sweetness mixed in. Finishes smooth with the previously mentioned flavors as well as the cherry turning more towards tart over sweet. Another nice stout from the folks at Bells!


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