edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2003 1/17/03: bottle. very minimal head, with no apparent lacing. deep black opaque color. nose is of chocolate. to the taste sweet, a bit sour, with hints of an oak barrel finish. i also noted a sour cherry flavor. love the label. a good beer.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good color and smell. Did not hold head too well when poured. I can"t say I really like this beer. Take away the cherry addition and it may have gotten a higher rating from me. Strong on the cherries with an almost unpleasent sourness. Tastes like a stout that cherry juice was just poured into. If you like stouts and sour cherries this is your beer.
obxdude10 (1942) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was very disappointed in the beer, especially after tasting their regular stout, the cherry flavoring was way too overpowering on the palate, the cherries in the aroma was very pleasant though, black in color, almost no head whatsoever, just a little bubbles hanging out along the edge of the beer, no lacing at all, too sweet of an aftertaste as well as in the inital flavors as well, average flavored stout at best
mikeyj80 (22) - USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting, very soury aftertaste. It carries a fairly big price tag for what it is offering, but if you are ever offered a bottle, do try it.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Licorice nose, with tons of fruity tart smelling cherries. Small light tan head. Deep dark black coffee hue. Starts of rich and roasty, malts providing firm backdrop for this medium bodied brew. Cherries chime in, pleasantly sweet and finish tart with a roasted background. An interesting brew, appealing and drinkable, with alcohol hidden well. I want some for my cellar.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark with a sligt crimson tinge. Aroma of cherry and black starbucks coffee (upon initial pour). Very Cherry! This is the true ying and yang experience. A must try!
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a good combination--I donít know why this description says tart cherries are added because it is definitely just an extract. At leat thats the taste Iím getting. Very fake and concealing, to quote Caddyshack: íYouíre not..youíre not good.í
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Even Bellís is human. The Cherry doesnít work, making this a sour and unpleasant offering.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, with a touch of red (which Iím probably imagining). Low carb, very little head. The nose is more cherry essence than anything, with roasted malt playing a quiet second fiddle. I enjoy the tart flourish of the cherries, but they leave a lingering cough syrup aftertaste. At this point Iím willing to agree that cherries probably donít belong in stouts. As with most Bellís brews, well executed, but this one seems a bit forced.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... The aroma is of dark chocolate and buttermilk with faint notes of cherries.
Pours thick and black... Pitch Black! Small, creamy tan head with a copper tint. Mostly diminishing.
Very Very tart and tangy from the moment it was poured into my mouth to the very end of the lengthy finish. Notes of chocolate, coffee and molasses.
This is just a fun, extremely tart and tangy beer. Of course, one must consider that Iím a guy who will buy the LARGE bag of Sour Patch Kids at the movies and eat them until my eyes are red and my tongue is bleeding.
Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel. Pillow-soft carbonation.
I really like this beer. Itís fun like a Lambic or Flanders Red. Not for the... (drumroll, please)...Faint Of Tart (bah-dah bang)!