lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally putting in a rating for this after having it a few times. I guess you could say this would cover all of my experiences with it. A large tart nose thats quickly robbed by a burning bourbon. Pours very black with minimal head. When fresh, its almost a bourbon stout with a hint of cherry, and when aged, its a muddle of cherry and smokey bourbon. I think i prefer it fresh so the flavors dont overlap and get in the way of each other. The bourbon barrel used is a unique flavor and smell. Palate is cream and thick. I think i liked the regular cherry stout more, because of its simplicity and complex at the same time, but this really is a great beer on its own.
tderoeck (7806) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
20/II/16 - 75cl bottle @ RBBWG V (Ben’s place) - BB: n/a (2016-216) Thanks to ElManana+1 for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark purple brown beer, small irregular beige to brown head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: roasted, mocha, some caramel, bit sweet, vanilla, alcohol, sugary. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very refreshing, some almonds, bit sourish, cherries, soft roast, some mocha. Aftertaste: more cherries, alcohol, bit sourish, almonds, marzipan, soft roast, lovely beer!
erickok (5104) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep, very creamy dark tan head. Dark aroma, red berries, dough Not too sweet, red grapes, aged. Lighter than expected taste, delicate is a better word. After a series of very strong tasting beers, it almost feels flat, but it is complex and intresting. Well done beer. (Sampled at the RBBWG 2016)
Zlotta (1585) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle at RBBWG 2016 in Antwerpen, bottled in October 2012. Clear, very dark red to black with a brown head. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of dark chocolate, licorice, coffee and dark ripe fruits (cherries). Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity taste of dark chocolate, coffee, some licorice and dark ripe fruits, followed by a long, slightly bitter, warming and rather alcoholic finish. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Very nice!
77ships (7353) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you for sharing ElManana + 1! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG V. Near black, dark tanned head. Nose is sweet sugary mocha combined with strong cherries mixed with mocha, vanilla, sugar, bourbon, chocolate. Taste of sour cherries is very strong sour cherries, mocha, warming vanilla, sugar, chocolate, mocha, bourbon,… Amount of sour cherries is very big here almost a bit too big, abandoning the balance here, taking it touch down. Touch less sour cherries & this would have been astonishing, touch unbalanced now but very good never the less. Warming syrupy mocha body, chocolate. Very nice & interesting all the same.
Benzai (12602) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle @ Ratebeer Belgian Winter Gathering 2016. Opaque dark brown color, slight red glare coming through when held into the light, average sized light brown colored head. Cherry and red fruit aroma. Taste malts, red fruits, lightly dark malts, malt bitter, fruitpeel bitter. Decent body and carbonation.
ElManana (1727) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBBWG, thanks for sharing me! Cherry, chocolate, light bourbon, quite sweet, but sour from the cherries all at the same time. Nice.
burg326 (5253) - Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep black color with aromas of bourbon, light sweet cherries, roast and some light earth. Flavors are the same with s nice bourbon flavor thrown in, liked this, solid overall would hunt down again.
jbeatty (1240) - New York, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, batch 11600, 1/9/2016. Bottle 333. Pours dark brown, almost black, with dark tan head, fading to the surface within a minute or two, few splotches left bubbling from within the liquid. Aroma strongly dominated by cherries, slightly tart but rich and juicy, dark chocolate, some roast and coffee underneath with vanilla, fruity bourbon strongly influenced again with cherries. Taste is chocolate cherry, cola, caramel and bourbon barrel, long cherry finish, quite distinct flavor lingering, lasts for ages. Medium body. Very interesting- cherries take on a slightly tart aspect but meld well with other components, and a great finish, very distinctive. Well done.
574deadzone (1352) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 11600, bottled 10-17-2012, bottle 31/1718, 750 ml. I think I’ve had this for a little over a year, was surprised to see it’s near 3 years old. A nice gift. Pours the deepest darkest brown into black with a short-lived, fizzy large bubbled brown head that settles to a ring and leaves a couple spots of lace. Nose involves dark bitter chocolate, cherry pie, leather, toasted coconut, subtle bourbon and oak char, almost some flowery notes. Pretty sweet, somewhat bitter, kind of tart. Medium to full bodied, somewhat active, pretty oily, with a lengthy tart and chocolaty bitter finish. A nice tasty treat, lots of cherry going on in there, moreso than the bourbon, but it all works pretty well. Wouldn’t say it’s starting to go downhill, but glad I cracked it now.
bytemesis (6307) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2015 Bottle. Pours opaque black, small brown quickly diminishing head, some lacing. Aroma is sweet, cherry chocolates, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is fully sweet, light bitter, loads of cherry, some tartness, due to cherry or otherwise. Lightish body.