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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2008
tasted with the phoenix crew. batch 7777 bottles opened by sparky27. pours near black with a medium shade of brown head. light lacing is present as it retreats. aroma is really cheesy... barrel woodiness, spice, dark grain, vanilla, cherry skin and a touch of alcohol warmth. the flavor is fruity but not necessarily cherry at first... it is more like a gigantic tannic structure. as time goes on and dave gets sillier it develops into red cherries, cinnamon, caramel, barrel dry goodness, chocolate and some mild bourbon. nice and tart. medium to full body... tartness keeps it mellow. smooth mouth feel. this was quite impressive considering that i really didn’t like the regular version...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
From a 12oz Bottle, Batch #7777. Bottle courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Dark black, chalky opaque colored pour, edged in ruby, topped with a creamy finger of tan foam. A butterscotch diacetyl aroma jumps out in the nose right away, but after the initial negative impression, it starts to fade into the background. Doughy, pretzely bourbon notes accompany tart black cherry skins and some dry dark chocolate. Lots of cherry in the nose, along with some harsher higher alcohols. Medium full bodied, creamy carbonated mouthfeel with a slick, velvety texture. The diacteyl, while still present, seems to be much more restrained in the flavors, leading to a more enjoyable drinking experience. Rich mid-malt flavors of toffee and caramel up front on the palate, along with some lighter vanilla barrel notes. Chewy fudge and hints of plum come out mid-palate. The cherry comes out strong on the back end, along with bourbon soaked caramel flavors. The combination of bourbon and cherry seemed a little strange to my palate at first, but I really warmed up to the flavor combination as I sipped this beer. Both bold traits seem to be well balanced and work well together. Unfortunately for me, the diacetyl was a major detractor, but I would imagine another clean batch of this would be simply stellar. It seems very uncharacteristic of Bell’s (at least in my tasting experience) to sell a beer with an obvious flaw, especially one that was likely present before the beer even went into the barrel. Nonetheless, I really hope this beer gets brewed again, as I can imagine batch 2 being a real treat. Thanks a ton, Tom!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Courtesy JMFG. Pours black, with a small light brown head. Smells of thick, rich vanilla, dark roasty malts, light cherry notes, and bourbon. The flavor is remarkably balanced. The bourbon isnt so in your face, and the cherries seem to hold their own and dont get drowned out completely. The bourbon definitely helps this brew out considering I think the Cherry Stout is decent not great. This combo seemed to work. I enjoyed the blend in flavors.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Thanks Andrew. The beer pours to a black body with a creamy medium brown head. The aroma is fake cherry and chocolate. Something doesn’t seem right, however. The flavor is cherry and chocolate. Again, something seems off. Medium full body with a caramelly alcohol. I have another bottle fortunately to re-try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Thanks to thickfreakness for this bottle! Shared with MaltOMeal and thickfreakness. Batch #7777. Pours a black color with a cherry mocha head. Nose is ripe cherry pits...very wine like with some alcohol, but honestly, not much bourbon. Flavor is black cherry cola and slight bourbon oak, but no real strong bourbon notes. Woody. Jammy, and a bit of funk. Full bodied with a nice fizzy carbonation. Very interesting and unique beer, but wasn’t blown away. Thanks for sharing Charles!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
6-20-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to masonjer
Nice dark black pour with a thin tan creamy brown head. Smell is big bourbon and a touch of cherries and roasted malt - almost buttery in the smell. Flavor is bourbon, cherries, oak, and a touch of vanilla. It has a medium body that isnt thick or creamy but works well here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
dark brown body with a brown head.aroma and flavor are a nice mix of tart cherries,oak,vanilla,and butterscotch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3909) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
12 oz bottle shared by Odeed; Nose is butterscoth, chocolate, and oaky vanilla; Black with a small cinnamon head; flavor is chcolate, oak, butterscotch, and very light cherries.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Courtesy JMFG!!!! Pours an insanely opaque black. Aroma is amazing. Notes of vanilla, oak, cherry, roasted malt, coffee and butter cream. Flavor is incredibly mellow. The cherry note comes through on the end, with an almost pipe tobacco quality.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 12, 2008
bottle, thanks to miketd To the shock of no one, it’s a dark brown/black pour w/ a cocoa colored head. Very tasty, the bourbon/vanilla/oak pairs very nicely with the tart cherry flavor. Notes of chocolate are also in the nose. Definitely would like to have this one again.


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