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RATINGS: 1451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Strange brew from the zoo this one was. Nothing like i was expecting at all. Fruity and light bodied with the sour cherries standing out above all other. Not bad, but not really good either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3233) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Dense opaque pour with a minimal tan head. Floral and fruity aroma like a scented soap. The flavor is somewhat strange at first and then a sour cherry flavor builds towards the middle and end. This might take some getting used to, but could become an aquired taste. Different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Pours black with thin brown foam. Strong cherry winelike aroma, with a light chocolate, roast smell. Sweet chocolate roasty malty flavor upfront, with a strong tart cherry aftertaste. A complete change of flavor from tip of the tongue to back of the throat. A unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2005
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2005
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2005
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

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