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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Sampled at the Carolina Crew gathering in Greenville. Big thanks to ucusty for bringing this gem. Very dark pour with ruby red edges. aroma of vanilla, cherry, oak tannin, and bourbon. Great flavor, similar to the aroma with the bourbon really well integrated into the mix. Cherry tartness came through nicely as well. Wish I could have had more of this one!


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4807) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle purchased at Bell’s and shared at Muckfest V on 7/11/14. Darkest brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of Mon Cheri candies; lots of cherry, booze and chocolate. Flavor is malty and chocolatey with some smoke before a tart cherry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2169) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle shared by Randall. Chocolatey bouquet. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Dark roasted malts, cherries, and mild bourbon. Average body good mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle share at Tribes Alehouse. Bottle from 2007. Pour is black with almost no head. Aroma and flavor of chocolate covered cherries, bourbon, vanilla, and wood chips. Finish is mildly sweet with the bourbon coming through more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (257) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle - pours dark brown with a light tan head. Nice cherry notes in the nose with some chocolate, oak, and bourbon. The taste is balanced between cherry and chocolate. It warms up nicely.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1250) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Pours black like oil with tan head. Sour cherries on the nose; follows onto the palate. Fairly one dimensional.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
charule (991) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
750ml bottle I traded FFF Rue D Floyd for. Lost that trade. Poured black with thinning dark tan head. Decent cherry in the aroma backed by bourbon heat. Med light carb med bod. Charred light cherry taste with ok bourbon. Not that good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (996) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle poured at FWIBF. Pours a deep brown to black with tan/brown head. Aroma of coffee and cherry liquor. Taste is vanilla, oak, cherry candy and some maple syrup. Much thicker than the ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Sweet. A bit of bourbon remains years later, but the cherry component is still prominent. Has aged pretty nicely, but not to the level of Expedition or Black Note.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freeofthoughts (647) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2013
2012 batch on tap. Pours dense black with red in the thin parts and tan fizz. The aroma is sweet cherry and toasted malts with a strong hinting of oak. The flavor is rich stout with a mild cherry that is balancing tart and sweet with moderate barrel, more oak than bourbon. Mostly dry finish that aids the cherry tart but still would like it to be more tart. Lightly wine like finish, gets progressively better with warmth, very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (659) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
On tap at the Michigan Summer Beer Fest. First one of the day. A heavy deep cherry note. Really creamy. A solid beer.


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