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RATINGS: 1488   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

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Bottle: completely black, opaque body with a deep tan head that is slow to form & slow to fall. Aroma is mostly sweet cherry juice with a mild undercurrent of milk chocolate, faint coffee, & light, finishing roast. I think the cherries distract from some of the robustness of the stout. Taste is a quick hit of roasted malt followed immediately by tart cherry juice... not quite sour or puckering, but exceedingly tart for a stout. Slight acidity in the finish with a touch of medicinal notes in the aftertaste. Sweet cherry finish with only a faint hint of dark cocoa & roasty malt. The sharp acidity & slight medicinal flavors can be a little distracting at times... It does get better with warmth, however, as the medicinal flavors fade & the authentic cherry tartness integrates into the stout more effectively.


2.8
SpartanStout (40) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2017 Sweet cherry combined with a tartness that’s not overly pleasant. Wish this beer had a bit less richness, and a little more smoke.

5
Deelgee (17) - - SEP 27, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2017 pours black ,creamy med brown head. cherry taste is welcoming with out being too sweet .a favorite for sure

3.4
Mr. LeBREWski (1) - - AUG 2, 2017 does not count
To start this brew, it pours a very dark brown (almost black) body with a reddish-champagne head. It’s taste well balanced of cherry and malt, neither overwhelming the other and low on carbonation. The aroma is of roasted cherries.

3.6
GIJOE (1251) - 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 (1662) - 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 (1158) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - 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 (1259) - , 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 (462) - 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.


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