Cherry Stout is a winter seasonal Stout brewed with locally sourced Montmorency cherries. Aromas are thick with cherry juice, chocolate malt notes, and finer hints of coffee. Additional details come across like balsamic, soy sauce, and salty brine.
The front of the palate bursts into a full display of sour cherries, immediately cradled by a sweet layer of brown sugar. Milk chocolate malts take control, then develop hints of smoke. As mild bitterness settles on the back-end, final flavors resemble Ethiopian coffee, cherry cola, and chocolate covered cherries. The aftertaste leaves a bit salty, but cherry continues to resonate. Mouthfeel starts creamy over a medium-weight body that shifts toward a coarse texture as carbonation builds, then makes a clean, swift departure.
This is almost like a Sour Stout, only without the wild yeast. It’s fairly easy to drink, and the flavor sequence was interesting enough to keep my attention through several bottles. On the downside, I think the body is a little too thin. To add to that, the ingredients aren’t quite rich enough to create an efficient disguise for the meager 7% alcohol. This needs more malts, so I vote Bell’s change the recipe to a make this a Double Stout. Cherry Stout has been an interesting twist, but it doesn’t quite live up to my expectations. I don’t feel the need to revisit again, especially considering the high price and low ABV. However, I do believe it’s worth trying at least once.
$14.47 / 6-pack