steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nose of chocolate sour cherries--nice! awesome thick black syrup pour, tight tan head. no light shines through this black monster! anyway... cremey palate, flavor of very tart cherries dipped in chocolate. seems like the ratings for this brew isnít as high because itís more sour than sweet. meh. i really like this. this is huge, and one is enough... definitely enough! this isnít a lambic, this is a TART cherry stout.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle obtained from Merchantís in Dearborn. deep black body with a nice medium size brownish-red head. aroma isnít very stout-like, there is some evidence of cherries and perhaps a little bit of creamy milk chocolate. tart cherries are dominant with a little chocolate in the finish. very rich and full-bodied. I have mixed feelings about this, itís an interesting stout but maybe itís not for me. I didnít think that this was such a high alcohol beer until I checked on here.
heemer77 (5153) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black viscous body. A thin dark orange colored head. The aroma is toast, coffee and cherry jelly. The taste has a strong coffee and some slightly sour cherry in the finish. A fairly dry and tart stout that is not sweet at all. Another nice stout from Bells.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
(bottle) Lovely black color with tan head. Smell of cough medicine. Taste of cough medicine. I like kriek lambics, but this did nothing for me.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours a very dark chocolate color with no light penetrating this baby. head was a reddish tan and fades to an oily residue. a very nice stout with definite tart cherry flavors going on. a good novelty type of beer but not something I could make a habit of drinking.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I hate fruit beers, but I keep ordering this baby, much to my buddyís chagrin. There is no arguing taste. Great sour cherry taste offset by lightly chocolate malt flavors. Good holiday stout.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, again, thanx Duane. Pours black as night, with a HUGE reddish brown head. as I let the head settle down, an interesting aroma comes out. Burnt chocolate and malts, no hops or citris, lots of Caramel and toffee, and coffee. There is a definite cherry backbone here. The aftertaste also bring cherries, along with the sourness. This was not as good as I dreamed it would be, but, still, dark and enjoyable. I bet this would be great cellar. e-rate. This got way sour in the end, andgot unpleasant
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black, aroma of lactose and vanilla. Flavor is dark and roasted, with a cherry bite/finish. Palate is oily and slick, very tasty beer!
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Simple yet intensely pleasing nutty chocolate-cherry aroma. Good head with minimal lacing, like most stouts. Regarding the flavor, I must be one of the people whoíve gotten a batch with more cherries because the tart cherry flavor definitely dominates the traditional stout flavor. The result is great - tastes like a stout-cherry wine cooler. I like it though itís not as high in my book as a great "straight" stout. But Iíd probably use this one for after lawnmowing in summer.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really great aroma- a perfect mix of cherry and stout. The same continues in the flavor. In my bottle, the cherries took a wonderfully subtle backseat to the stout. The cherry taste was nice, not artificial tasting at all. I had a small sample, and would love to try it again.