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RATINGS: 1455   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 pours black with not much head. flavour is sour cherries. too much cherry for me. tough to finnish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Pours black with a thin tan head that stays. Aroma is of roast malt, coffee, and a mix of tart and sweet cherries. Flavor is a mix of tart and sweet cherries up front, roast malt, mild coffee, and a slight chocolate. Nice rich beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Thanks to Beerhandy for this!! poured black with a redish brown head. Aroma is a sweet roasted malt with a hint of cherry. Sweet chocolate and coffee flavor with a cherry finish. The cherries donít overpower this. I usually donít care for fruit beers too much but this one is well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2005
This brew is as dark as night.I wouldnít normally drink a fruit beer but since this is Stout also...Nose is,gee, guess cherry but not like some sweet Maraschino cherries but dark cherry and heavy dark chocolate and expresso.Very nice thick and delish. Thanks to csbosox for finally getting me to taste this brew.

   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 (3251) - 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 (5174) - 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.

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