Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bell's Cherry Stout and Java Stout

Bell's Brewery is in Comstock, Michigan.

Cherry Stout - A stout brewed with cherry juice.  The bottle describes this as "A mysterious dance of tart Michigan cherries with the dark, roasted malts of a big and bold stout."  This 7.0% ABV beer pours dark black with red apparent on the edges, and with a tiny dark brown head that rapidly dissipates.  The aroma is deep, dark, roasted malt, black coffee with a bit of cherry in the back, there is the sensation of a dark chocolate covered cherry in the smell as well.  The taste is an extremely dark, roasted coffee malt followed immediately and surrounded by cherry tartness.  It is like taking a swig of good cold coffee and biting into a dark, tart cherry at the same time.  As with the smell, there is also an effect of a dark chocolate covered cherry on the palate as well.  The aftertaste is mostly cherries.

Java Stout - A stout brewed with fresh roasted coffee beans.  This 7.5% ABV beer pours absolutely black with a quarter inch of brown foamy head.  The aroma is massive coffe, it is like smelling a fresh iced coffee at a coffehouse that freshly roasts, grinds and brews all their coffee drinks.  There is both a hint of sweetness and a bit of tartness around the edges of the aroma.  The taste is creamy, coffee, coffee and more delicious fresh roasted coffee taste, with a slight bitterness on the finish (the bitterness being more a stout beer bitterness than coffee bitterness).  This beer is amazing.  If you like coffee you will love this beer.  It has the  most delicious creamy mouth feel as well.  What a stunner, this blows any other coffee stout I have ever had way out of the water.

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