Cherry Stout

Image courtesy of Bell's Brewery Inc.

Image courtesy of Bell’s Brewery Inc.

Cherry Stout from Bell’s Brewery Inc., Comstock, MI, pours a deep, dark brown that’s virtually opaque, with a thin, dark beige head that displays a deep ruby cast.. Coffee, earthy, yeasty notes abound, and some smokiness is there as well, but no discernible cherry in the bouquet.  You certainly get it in the first taste though.  Dark chocolate-covered cherries?  The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not to the detriment of the beer.  Cherry Stout is a bit tart, sweet, and not nearly as roasty, toasty and coffee-like as the bouquet leads you to believe.  I don’t call it deception, I call it artistry and alchemy, being able to cover a broad spectrum of smells and tastes with so few ingredients.  Theres some dryness in the finish and a little coffee aftertaste.

I’d call it good, but not something I’d seek out.

70/100 stout

70/100 fruit beer

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