Recipe: Mallett’s Cherry Stout

John Mallett of Bell’s concocted this recipe at the Craft Beer & Brewing Brewers Retreat a few years ago. It’s different from Bell’s Cherry Stout, but he says it shares many of the same themes—including a rich, varied malt profile.

John Mallett Dec 25, 2021 - 2 min read

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Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.060
FG: 1.014
IBUs: 32
ABV: 6.1%

3 lb (1.4 kg) Maris Otter
2.5 lb (1.1 kg) Skagit Valley Alba Pilsner
1.5 lb (680 g) Briess Munich
13 oz (368 g) Simpsons Golden Naked Oats
10 oz (283 g) Gambrinus Honey Malt
8 oz (227 g) Simpsons Medium Crystal
5 oz (142 g) Briess Chocolate Malt
4 oz (113 g) Weyermann Carafa II
4 oz (113 g) Valley Chocolate Rye
4 oz (113 g) Briess Midnight Wheat
3 oz (85 g) rye malt
3 oz (85 g) roasted barley

0.73 oz (21 g) Chinook at 60 minutes [32 IBUs]
13 fl oz (384 ml) cherry-juice concentrate at flameout

Imperial A62 Bell’s, or any clean-fermenting ale strain

Mill the grains and mash at 152°F (67°C) for 60 minutes. Vorlauf until the runnings are clear of particles, then run off into the kettle. Sparge and top up as necessary to get about 6 gallons (23 liters) of wort—or more, depending on your evaporation rate. Boil for 60 minutes, adding hops and juice according to the schedule. Chill to 68°F (20°C), aerate well, and pitch plenty of healthy yeast. Ferment at 70°F (21°C) until complete and gravity has stabilized. Then crash, package, and carbonate.