DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours deep ruby with off-khaki head. Nose is dark malt, mild cherry, choc, with flavors of dark malt, limited cherry, some cacao. Not very complex, and the flavor is a bit muddled. Not horrible, but not something I’d buy again.
blipp (5680) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a tan head. The aroma is rather light with hints of roast and cherry. Strange flavor, the cherry taste reminds me of a sour cherry candy. Stout flavors are very light. The finish has a bit of a harsh metallic edge. Not that good.
milewide (1394) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2009
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2010 Good brew for the type. Cherry taste is natural, and blends well with stout flavors. Mild cherry aroma, and typical black stout color.
Retried on 9/5/10. Carbonation was extremely excessive---the worst I’ve seen in 700+ ratings!!! Beer was in frig for 36 hours and moved carefully , but I still only dank 40% of beer---and moped up the remainder. I will never buy again!!!
tgncc (2669) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 11, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Wierd beer. I’ve often seen the use of sour cherries to good effect in stouts. This is not one of those. The aroma has some qualities of a pilsener, a grassy, malty aroma. Also a faint hint of cherries. The appearance is a deep brown, with a tinge of red/purple, strong tan head. The flavor once again has the grassy, malty qualities of a pilsener or pale lager. Also present is a little roasted malt, and cherries, enough to be clearly noticed. The finish is sour from the cherries, and tart. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Overall not enjoyable. It sounded better than it actually was.
Beershine (5196) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2009
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle thanks to Daknole. Color of black cherry juice, hazy and murky with thin tan head. Aroma is rank with pedio and sour socks. Light fizziness in carbonation. Finish is fine, has seed bitterness and sour cherry. However, the beer is woefully imbalanced. The stout character is nonexistent.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Fat Head’s 03.29.09. Dark brown, off white head. Aroma is malt, grass, slight fruit. Flavor is the same with molasses and smoke. I really can’t taste the cherry in this one.
Oakes (11866) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2009
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Light brown. Slight haze. The aroma shows a fair bit of pedio with maybe some roast notes. Tart, some cherryish notes. Watery towards the finish. Light roast. This one is too tart and the stank aroma is not cool at all.
daknole (8558) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2009
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Dark pour with an off white head. Aroma is sour, but not like sour cherries. An odd lactic sourness that didnt seem right. I did get a few hints of cherries but I couldn’t get by the weird sourness. And the odd sour funk carried through to the nose. Not really good at all. Too bad.
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a golden tint, tan head. Aroma of roasted cherries. Sweet cherry taste, with a slight bitter malty finish. Pretty good stuff.
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown with a frothy tan head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. The aroma is mild roasted malt with tart cherries. Flavor is slightly sweet with lots of sour cherry. Light to medium bodied. Short, dry finish.