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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5148) - 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 buddy’s 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 16, 2005
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2005
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 who’ve 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 it’s not as high in my book as a great "straight" stout. But I’d probably use this one for after lawnmowing in summer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Black with no head. Very watery for a stout. Big cherry aroma, sour and tart at the same time. Flavor is the same with a slighly bitter coffe finish. Very winelike. Very overwhelming in general. One is definately enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Bottle, at Monk’s, in Philly. Pours black, with aromas of cherries and coffee. Taste is similar, with cherries take a front seat. A very enjoyable stout. My main complaint would be that it needs more og a malt profile to go along with the nice cherry flavor.

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