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RATINGS: 1510   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle, Oak Cafe, Wyandotte, MI. Deep ruby/brown/black with a thinner tan head. Fuller aroma of tart cherries covered in dark chocolate. Mild roast makes itself known among the cherry and dark chocolate flavors. Medium bodied, but it work well considering the tartness. I know if it were any larger bodied it would simply be too thick. Very nice, I’m glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Deep ruby color - thin tan head with a light aroma of cherries and chocolate. Slightly thin body, a bit cherry-sourish flavor with hints of caramel and other sweet flavors. Tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2005
A delicious brew with a nice, creamy head and wonderful cherry aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Rich, dark appearance with a great brown head and great lacing. Interesting aroma of malted chocolate with a musty cherry twist. Flavor was sweet, malty, chocolaty and then tart with cherries. Great palate, very rich and creamy. Glad I only had a third a glass of this, because it was too sweet for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Poured from a bottle. The appearance is a thin, rapidly diminishing tan head atop a dark black body. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, smokiness, and light cherries. They’re there, but they’re hiding. There’s also a light licorice or cola. The flavor is a thick chocolate and light cherry flavor. There’s a bunch of bitterness from the dark malts. I don’t get a whole ton of cherries in this. How is this a fruit beer? The palate is a good carbonation with an astringency and acidity. The consensus with this beer between myself and those sampling is that this may be starting to spoil. I’d like to try it again, however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Deep blood red / black color. Very thin tan head which dissapeared before I could smell this one. Chocolate and cherry malty scent. A bit smokey and antiseptic smelling. Lots of different scents in this one. A bit sour with cherries coming out in the flavor. Light to medium bodied. Slightly acidic palate. Aftertaste is weird and unplesant (spoiled maybe?). Thanks Blake, we’ve agreed that we should try this again...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
pours a dark color w/ a little purple in it and a nice looking dark tan head that laces mildly. smells like a smoky roasted malt a touch of sweetness and a bit of bitter hop. Palate is well carbonated w/ a nice body mild creaminess. roasted malt was the big flavor w/ a bit of an odd acidic flavor almsot like it was starting to go bad had a bit of tart fruit in it as well. Thanks to blake for bringing it over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2391) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Chocolate overwhelms cherry in the nose. There’s some cherry wanting to get out; it just doesn’t smell all that much like cherry. Unique aroma. Huge brown, rootbeer float-like head. Slowly disappating. Opaque body. Very little lace. The label describes it well, "a mysterious dance of tart Michigan cherries with the dark, roasted malts of a big and bold stout." This is liquid chocolate covered cherries. Actually very well constructed and balanced. Fruit beers are tough to make well, especially fruit stouts. Perfect blend of cherry sweetness and bittersweet chocolate dryness. I don’t even really like cherries, but I like this brew. I’d love to see what these guys could do with, say, a blackberry stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 This is a deep dark brown stout. The cherries are evident in the aroma, along with some chocolate. There is the typical roasted coffee flavor with a mixture of chocolate and cherries. The chocolate/cherry combination has a bit of a ’prune juice’ flavor in the middle. It finishes with a slight coffee taste. This was interesting to drink, but I think I will stick with the basic stouts, chocolate stouts, and oatmeal stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
My first Bells here finally having picked some up driving through Philly I was excited to finally try one of their brews. This poured out black with some red highlights and now head at all. The pour was not light either, just a few bubbles surfaced and no lace to had. Chocolate covered cherries are what I would say this smelled like. A fairly strong and simple nose to this. Cherry cough syrup anyone? This tastes like tart thick cherry juice that you might find in Robitussin. Way too tart and cherry like really taking away from any of the stout characteristics. Hmm there was a slight coffee after taste but even that isn’t enough to help this brew. Medium and slick was the body on this. I don’t think I will be trying this again anytime soon. Too bad I picked up 2 bottles, anyone want one?

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