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RATINGS: 343   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
umich03jm (2179) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2014 Sampled at 2013 MBG Summer Festival. Very nice cherry and roasted malt aroma with some light oak and bourbon. Taste has a nice light sweetness with a light tartness in the finish. Barrel is stronger in the taste than the aroma, lots of oak and vanilla but the bourbon remains light and smooth. Cherries and roasted malt balances pretty well with the bourbon. Smooth beer and very easy to drink. 2014 bottle thanks to rayl101 for sharing. Not much to add to my original rate. Not complex at all but tasty. Cherries, roast, and bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (2284) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to foppa87 for sharing. Pours a black color with tan head. Light roasty, bourbon, cherry aromas. Light syrupy cherry, some roasty, vanilla, and bourbon flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9479) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle in KC @ JetsonFest III. Thanks foppa78! Batch 7777, November 2008 bottle date. Pours a deep brown appearance with a thin brown head. Somewhat spicy, tart but sweet black pie cherry, caramel, light cinnamon, mild whiskey aroma. Tart, cherry puree, dark chocolate, caramel/vanilla whiskey flavor. Slightly tart. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2013
On tap at jk odonnells for bells tap take over. Pours dark black with a tan/reddish head. Srong bourbon aroma. Cherry vanilla oak and bourbon taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4284) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013
Backlog rating 1-23-2009 (Bottle at Fort Wayne Gathering) This beer pours a small light brown head that had poor retention, very little lacing, opaque body, and a black-brown hue. The Aroma is cherries, bourbon, chocolate, and earthy. The Flavors consist of cherries, chocolate, vanilla, oak, boozy, and bourbon. The Mouthfeel is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this beer is very quaffable, the flavors are nicely balanced and definitely worth trying. I would drink this beer again and it is a beer I recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2013
This score is from my backlog at a different site. Full reviews written for all new beers tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevencon (464) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2013
On tap at proof. Black pour with creamy tan head. Aroma chocolate covered cherries and wood. Taste lots of sour cherries and chocolate finished with wood pulp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Draft at Proof. Porch black pour with a frothy brown head. Sweet bourbon, wood, vanilla, sweet chocolate, light roast and subtle cherry with notes of booze, already way better than the base beer. Sweet chocolate covered cherries up front with sweet vanilla, bourbon oak with the cherries coming in for a quick tart ending. Medium thick bodied with no hot booze. Way better than the base beer. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2507) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Pours an opaque black on tap with pillowy reddish brown head and light lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet chocolate. Taste follows with a hint of cherry that cuts the bourbon and gives you a birthday cake flavor. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (555) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2013
On tap during the Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Day at the Hungry Monk. Big, boozy, bourbon nose with slight dark cherry, hint of oak, and some sour acidity. Pours a clear midnight black with a filmy tan head. Taste of sour cherries early with a very smooth woody finish. Slightly sour aftertaste is the only bourbon flavor despite the aroma. Tart, sticky mouthfeel with a smooth dry finish. Better than the keg of 2012 Black Note also on tap at the event, but not quite cohesive enough to be labeled a can’t-miss barrel-aged stout.

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