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RATINGS: 1502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This unique ale begins its life as a powerful and richly sweet stout to which Michigan tart cherries are added. The resulting black brew is complex, sweet and tart with a distinct cherry finish. It will improve with cellaring. Available September - May

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juliejalapeno (16) - USA - SEP 4, 2005
this was very enjoyable. the aroma was sweet cherry, balanced by a little bitter coffee. the taste was pretty similar, good cherry taste, without being to sweet or cloying

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 22, 2005
This was a great brew, even my German wife, who likes usually anything but stout, liked this one. The cherry flavor was there, but not dominating, a nice mellow sipping beer, great! Thanks to Duane for this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Purchased several times. The first time I had this, I loved the semi-sweet cherry flavor balancing the bitter-sour coffee flavor of the stout. At the time, I though it would be an excellent dessert beer. The second time I had it, the cherry flavor was still present but was more sour and pushed the bitter-sour stout flavor over the top as to be undrinkable. Possibly some variance issues in the cherries used?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2005 bottle, thanks to Beeryum. body is black, head is dense foamy light brown/reddish dark tan. head goes quickly. aroma is roasted malt, sweet red cherry, some prune and coffee too. also a little baking chocolate in the aroma. flavor is roasted malt, high carbonation, and powerful dryness. cherry flavor in the middle is on the back of the palate, but it’s not so well matched with the rest of the beer. slight coffee finish. this is reeealy tough to rate one day after enjoying a bottle of NG Belgian Red. aftertaste is bittter, maybe hoppy? tasted way better with chocolate chip cookies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
Aroma of sour cherries, coffee notes also cinnamin/gingerbread. Pours an opaque brown, minimal head. Flavour is dominated by the sour cherry, with that coffee and gingerbread in the background. Sourness makes it enjoyably refreshing. Tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Black with ruby brown highlights. Effervescent, short-lived head. Interesting tart cherry aromas over a roasty, chocolatey stout body. Cherry juice tartness similar to that in NG Belgian Red. More of a cherry coffee flavor than cherry chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3137) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Bottle, from trade with Pailhead. Good nose, sweet. Chocolate, cherry, (go figure) Brownish black color, No head, well just a tad of foam. Bittersweet flavors, Like the aromas with the cherry really showing, chocolate is dry,little milky. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, dry tart finish. Warming too. Good brew, Bells continues to amaze me. Makes me want to move to Kalamazoo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Dark brown, opaque body with a tan, very small head. The aroma is chocolately and slightly sweet with the essence of cherries and chocolate. Great, full-bodied stout, as expected from the Bells. Creamy and refreshing - the cherry flavor is well-blended with the bitter cocoa notes. The cherries linger on the palate a long while. An interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Completely black with bubbly, off-white lacing - somewhat tart aroma with background hints of cherry and chocolate - flavor seems less that of a flavored stout, and more like they took an oatmeal stout and blended it with a fruit beer or a lambic - the tartness blends very well with the oatmeal stout like sweetness - an interesting variation in the Bells line of stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Little to no head. Subtle roasted malt and a sharp tart cherry note in the aroma. Cherry notes dominate the flavor, with a bracing of chocolate malt. Lingering tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is much smoother now that my previous sampling of a younger bottle.

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