milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 28, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was just awful. The cherries were very artificial and overly sweet. Little other flavor was present. Blah.
chandler0201 (632) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chocolate aroma with hint of cherry. Slightly metallic in taste but definite roasted malts and cherry in aftertaste. Interesting flavor but good.
unclemattie (3901) - Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Dark brown with a tinge of red hue. Smells of chocolate malt and cherry syrup. Off flavor. Roasted malts and tart cherries. Light medium bodied. Finished clean.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is roast, cherry, and chocolate. Flavor is caramel, roast, cherry, chocolate, and tart finish.
blklab2007 (1775) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle poured a cola color with a fizzy soda pop off white head. aroma has tart cherry, odd chocolate, light pepper, and some minerals. thin fizzy mouth feel leads to some sour cherry, medium brown malt, metals, and a dry finish.
deyholla (5374) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at MBG Summer Festival. Poured black with a brown head. Dark chocolate notes with an under tone of cherry. Flavor consisted of dark notes and cherry notes but they combated each other rather than mixing well.
Headbanger (2730) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle 7/24/09 (Siciliano’s Market-Grand Rapids)-Pours black with a loose tan head and an aroma of cherry and slight malt. Taste of cherry and slight malt. This medium bodied brew has the cherry taste overpowering any other flavors. Not what I was expecting.
carlb (96) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dense dark cherry wood brown. Large, frothy, light brown head. Moderate to well-formed Belgian lace. Persistent head. The initial nose is light and suggests tart cherries. Moderate carbonation. Much lighter body than expected. If tasting blind, I would not have identified it as a stout but perhaps placed as a porter. Very modest fruit/cherry notes on the palate. If I had no visual queues, but had to categorize, I would lean toward a Flemish brown ale. Short, dry finish. Lingering notes of cherry pits. Moderate alcohol. Did the cherry concentrate replace or camouflage th hops? Quite pleasant, but not what I’d expect in a stout. One is enough.
puboflyons (1670) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 13, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the 355 ml bottle. It pours nearly black with a foamy beige head. The aroma does have a hint of cherries in it along with a weak scent of malts. The mouthfeel runs about medium and weaker than most stouts. Yup, there is a cherry flavor in the taste and that is the main taste that I get. Kind of sour in the end. This is not a stout that I would buy frequently.
emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a one to two finger light tan head. The nose is cherry tart, metallic, off. Similar to the Vanilla Java Porter, something not right about it. Flavor is tart and metallic, mild cherry sweetness, no roast, weak coffee. Palate is tart and metallic.