aracauna (2874) - Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black, but light does seep through the edges. Nice creamy dark tan head that looks like it could hang around awhile, but doesnít as it retreats to the edges of the glass. Aroma is rich dark roasted malts, very small burnt hints, but no cherry. Aroma is rich dark roast malts, with some chocolate, and more of the faint hint of burnt malt. Flavor is surprisingly tart, more because I wasnít expecting it to be so than itís actual acidity. Itís hard to pick up a distinct cherry flavor (other than the tartness) as it gets buried under the malt, but it blends into a subtle characer to the flavor.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I canít stand stouts. I was actually looking forward to this as I am a big fan of Sam Adamís Cherry Wheat. This stuff is very thick and definitely a full-bodied porter. Iíve had better.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown color, nice tan head. Some roast and surprisingly little cherry in the nose. Some roast and a semitart body make this drink an interesting experience. I thought that the beer worked well, but was a little timid, could have stood for some more cherries and a little more sourness.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 7, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hmmmmmmmmm.......what can I say? Sour cherries and heavy stouts just donít see to go together very well. I thought the sweetness of the stout would compliment the sourness from the cherries, but like so many other times I was wrong. This is either a love it or hate it brew.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with short lived tan head.Steady,lively,carbonation.Seems fitting for this?At first has a really sour,tarty,cherry aroma with the roastines clouded.Sweet, roastiness in the front and a SOUR dry finish. Seems like the malts are a bit watery,like my last homebrew.Not bad,but not impressive.Flavors are kind of sloppy.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very very dark. Aroma has some of the malt and fruit of a nice stout, crossed with a red/port wine, I think. It is very hard to decipher this one. Malt in the body. Tart, not too unlike a lambic, but still not quite. Very confusing indeed.
legion242 (2010) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with a perceptible red tint; Head was medium and khaki in color; Aroma of cherry cola and burnt malt. A nice oiliness to start. Head disappeared completely. Cherry tartness. Slight cherry oil at the back. Tartness mellows out very nicely as the glass warms.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 1996 bottle. Very dry, light chalkiness, huge earthiness, and a very sour cherry-skin flavor. Tastes very big, oily and almost syrupy. Hints of chocolate and lots of bitter roast. Wow, this was a huge beer.
2001 bottle. Hmm thereís someting i cant quite put my finger on with this beer. Too much cherry maybe. this one is getting too sweet for my liking. Not bad overall, has some character to it, too much malt for my liking though, at least its better than Samís Cherry Wheat. The cherry flavor tastes fresh. . .definitely a good concept. 2003 bottle. Not sure what I was rambling about in the previous rating, but that was along time ago. This beer is one of the best, if not the best, examples of a fruit beer centered around the beer, not the fruit. Wonderful dark malt flavor with a tart cherry balance. Exceptional. Bottle conditioned, tons of sediment, nice small head.
jazz88 (2471) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark as night with a brown head that quickly laced. Tastes of sour/tart cherries, ginger, brown sugar and roasted barley. Almost a sugary cherry/apple pie aroma. I found this to be well balanced with the fruit and stout elements complimenting each other well.
Indra (2482) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 6, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2004 Very malty, heavy, roasted aroma (slight cherry). Extremely dark beer with a dark tan head as well. Interesting flavor profile, has some coffeeish malt flavors, some medium-strength hops towards the end, and then the cherry kicks in right at the finish. Aftertaste has some tartness, acidity and more roasty maltiness. Palate is quite carbonated, it would be better, I think, if this were not the case. I agree w/hennes about the rather confused nature of this beer, and it's sure not a marriage I would have hit upon myself. Points for uniqueness here, but not execution.