DrnkMcDermott (2621) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Counter-filled bottles at FoBAB 2007. Deep dark black. A thin tan head, a light cherry smell. No imperial stout taste here, more nice cherry juice that co-exists peaceably with sweet stout. nice, smooth and mellow all the way down.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewery. Awesome black tart cherry stout aged in bourbon barrels. This is a great beer. Very well done!
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great Taste, 2009. My favorite beer of the day, which is saying quite a bit. Very complex, very rich, and the cherry fruit on the finish comes as a reprieve from all of the wonderful chocolate, coffee, cream flavors. Warming (but not unpleasantly so) bourbon finish with plenty of maple to balance out the cherry. Very well extracted.
holdenn (2023) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Ale Fest. This was my favorite of the day, I returned to this one too many times to count. Well not too many for a sober person, but by the end, too many for me. Strong aroma of chocolate, fruit, bourbon, brown sugar, and cherries. This is full of flavor: sweet sour cherry chocolate and bourbon. Very tart but balanced well, a wonderful beer.
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great effort from Mike Rybinski. This pours a black body with a solid chocolate head, nicely subtained and with good lacing. It has an aroma of roasted dark malts, sweet-sour cherries, bittersweet chocolate, nuts, molasses, and just a touch of Bourbon, all of which are smoothly melded in this thick, creamy stout. It finishes on a warm, sweet-sour note. Great stuff! Bottle this, Mike!
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drewbeerme (3645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap, pours black with tan head. a real looker. nose of toasted nuts, cherry, and chocolate. flavor has lots of cherry syrup, bakerís chocolate, and subtle bourbon. alcohol is very well hidden. this was really good, only complaint is the cherry gets a little astringent.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at StoutFest. Poured very deep brown with a tall, thick chocolatey head. Arouma picked up soft bourbon and cherry sweetness that played well together... moderate roast to it.. dark chocolate beneath along with a little earth and some prickly alcohol. Flavor picked up fresh cherry sourness, sweet bourbon sugars, somewhat repressed chocolate.. very tasty and kept me wanting more. Thick and syrupy on the palate.. bit too sour for me at the finish... alcohol was very well restrained. Great beer!
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GTMW 2009 (Madison, WI). Pours a black pour, opaque, big bourbon notes, big dark brown head. Aromas bourbon, light cherry. Chocolae and dark roasty coffee, nice. Initial is bourbon, a little lighter in body, warming booze, tart cherry, dark roasty malts. Cherry is a nice accent, but definitely bourbon forward. Finish warm, boozy, tart, with oak and vanilla playing forward roles
Dogbrick (6041) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 On draught at the brewpub, served in a snifter. The beer pours a dark brownish-black color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherry liqueur and malt. Medium to full body with an oaky and fruity character, and flavors of black cherry, malt, and dark chocolate. The finish is tart cherry with an oaky aftertaste. Above average overall.
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@CBCĖon tap-pours a tan ring and black color. Aroma is bourbon, dark fruit-tart cherry, dark malt-molasses. Taste is dark malt-molasses/ashy, vinegar, bourbon, dark fruit-sour cherry. Iím getting vinegar and ashy that I donít see in previous year versions.