Beer Review: Bell’s Cherry Stout 7.0% ABV

Written originally by hand on November 21, 2009.

Here’s another from Bell’s Brewery, but quite a departure from the Winter White Ale! This poured a very dark blood red brown color, nearly red black. I could detect a cherry aroma, which in most beers I’m not very good detecting anything much beyond “yep, that’s beer.”

My first taste was very tart and sour–I liked this! It had a very faint coffee finish (not to my liking, unsurprisingly), but it didn’t render the beer undrinkable for me. There was a significant aftertaste but it wasn’t unpleasant. Other reviewers detected chocolate, but I didn’t, unfortunately. However, this is a flavorful, hearty stout I’ll drink again.

Beer Advocate reviewers gave this a B (good). I’m giving it the same or 3.75 mugs.

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Beer Review: Bell’s Winter White Ale 5.0% ABV

Written originally by hand on November 21, 2009, using my Pilot Lucina medium nib fountain pen in Doane Paper utility notebook.

Bell’s Brewery makes a lot of beers that I find quite tasty. Their seasonal Winter White Ale would be at the top of this list. After I originally wrote this review, A friend mentioned he liked this at a beer dinner that I was unable to attend last December, so I picked up a six pack for him as well as for myself on one of my last trips to Total Wine. I would buy this beer every time I went beer shopping, so good thing for my pocketbook this is a seasonal.

This is an unfiltered witbier. It poured a light golden yellow color with a moderate head for this type of beer and very light lacing. Bell’s created this using a blend of hefeweizen and belgian-style yeasts. The ale had a light citrus and spice flavor typical of witbiers/hefeweizens with a bit of a hoppy taste, but still leaving a crisp clean finish. I liked its carbonation and felt like it left my palate cleansed, thus consider this a very refreshing beer that I would enjoy year round. A good beer to drink when tired and thirsty!

Beer Advocate reviewers give this a B (good) rating. I’m giving it an A+ or 5 mugs. I would love to hoard bottles of this beer and call them my preciouses.