Fruit beers are not something that I often choose to drink , but I do find that the correct use/type of fruit in a stout can be really nice. Putting fruit to an American Wheat Ale or the like is frequently too prominently fruity to me, but a subtle fruit character in a darker beer tends to suit me just fine. While I will not say that this one was great, I can say that it has some things going on that I really did enjoy as I drank it.
Easing gently into the weekend . . .
Brewery: Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Comstock, MI)
Name: Cherry Stout
Style: Fruit Beer
ABV: 7.00% (on bottle)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge, pulled slightly early to warm some, and served in a pint glass. A stout brewed with cherry juice.
Aroma: A deep roasted malt aroma with strong notes of cherry floating on that. The two characteristics combine into a sweetness that is like chocolate covered cherries. – 8.5/12
Appearance: Dark, dark, dark brown in color (black really). Slight deep brown head that is pretty thin, dissipates quickly, and leaves very little trail on glass. Opaque even when the glass is held to light. – 2.5/3
Flavor: Chocolately roasted malt flavor as a base with a good, full hit of tart cherry juice flavor from middle to finish. The flavors are pretty well balanced as the tartness of the cherries balances out the bitterness of the roasted malt. finishes quite smooth with some lingering cherry and roasted malt flavors left on the palate. – 14/20
Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth on the palate and lightly creamy though it does have some roasted astringency. – 4/5
Overall Impressions: The flavors balance together more as I drink and it gets better as it warms even more. The first sip was kind of a wow, but it became much better after that. The tartness of the cherries is a nice characteristic as a sweet fruit would not have worked as well. Might just make a nice ice cream or chocolate cake or something like that. The Wife indicated that she never had anything like it. – 7/10
Overall: B (36/50)
Bell's Brewery - Cherry Stout