The more beers I
am fortunate enough to sample from Bell's of Kalamazoo, MI, the more I'm
convinced of their status as one of the nation's truly great breweries. Each
beer is loaded with flavor, and the Cherry Stout is no exception. Stouts in
general are often considered to be excellent dessert beers due to their rich
roasty characteristics; the added bonus of cherries in this brew makes it an
even better candidate for that purpose. Some people have trouble with the
concept of beer with dessert. Not surprisingly, they tend to be thinking of
one style of beer alone (American Light Lagers). There is much more to the
beer world than that style, and beer can be as versatile if not more so than
wine or any alcoholic drink.
This deep black stout forms a monster head when poured, and that head chases
the brew right down to the bottom of the glass. You can smell the cherries
in the nose, along with the rich hints of chocolate that tantalize the
olfactory senses right on into that blissful first sip. The sour, tart
flavors of the cherries make this a surprisingly refreshing beer, and they
dance with the roasted malt and chocolate notes right on through to the last
sip. Hops are nowhere to be found in this beer, but I'm not complaining. Big
and assertive, Cherry Stout is a brew of considerable strength with 8%
alcohol by volume and an original gravity of about 1.09. A truly delightful
beer, on it's own or with dessert. I can easily imagine this beer as a
perfect accompaniment to a thick slice of Black Forest cake.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
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