Bell’s Cherry Stout is a massive bomb of tartness that leaves a fallout of chocolaty malt in its wake. Don’t let the peaceful nature scene with dancing cherries on the bottle fool you, this is not a beverage for the timid.
This stout pours an expectedly dark black with hints of ruby in the nearly nonexistent head. The aroma also leaves little to the imagination with strong notes of cherry and dark, chocolaty malt. There are clearly no surprises as far as the appearance and aroma are concerned.
The flavor, on the other hand, showcases bold notes of dark fruits melded expertly with ginger, lemongrass, and Siberian honey. JK… It tastes like cherries. The overpoweringly tart cherry flavor reveals itself early and dominates the flavor profile until the stout finishes with subdued hints of dark chocolate and coffee. While the dark malts add to the body and provide some mellowing sweetness, they are no match for the cherry overlords that rule these lands. It almost tastes like cherry juice was mixed half-and-half with a completely finished stout (black & tan style).
Bell’s Cherry Stout makes no apologies when it comes to delivering on the promises of its title. This is an interesting change of pace stout that is worth a taste for you adventurous drinkers. However, if you’re looking for a complex sipping stout…keep moving.
- Appearance: Black, hints of ruby
- Aroma: Cherry, chocolaty malts
- Flavor: Tart cherry, dark chocolate, & subtle coffee
- Mouthfeel: Medium plus
- ABV: 7.0%
- Size/Price: 6pk 12 oz. / $13-$15
- Score: 78