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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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
A very dark, thick stout with a wonderful chocolate covered cherry flavor. The cherries become a bit over-done as you drink, somewhat drowning out the stout (which has developed some licorice flavors that don't quite match the chocolate/cherry thing). Still, points for trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Thick deep dark color. Light blend of cherry and stout aromas. To be completely frank, this tasted like a fantastic stout with a lot of very sweet cherry juice in it. Interesting ... and some may love it. I did not think it was so hot. Better than the average though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
12/22/03. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with bigbadbear63 on RateBeer 12/4/03. This beer pours with quite a large, fluffy and somewhat rocky dark tan-to-brown head on a vigorous pour. Dissipates after moderate retention and leaves decent, spotty lacing throughout the whole glass. Extremely dark brown body-- almost black-- with medium-looking oily consistency and a deep burgundy appearance around the edges. My kind of stout. Aroma is darkly chocolatey and very rich, dark chocolate-covered cherry scent poking through. Malty. Initial taste is quite tart, the sourness of the malt and cherries tearing apart most of the darkness and chocolate flavor that a normal stout would give. Very smooth mouthfeel, and medium-to-full bodied with a very creamy texture. The tartness lingers on the finish for moderate length and then fades to reveal-- there it is!-- the dark chocolate and malt backbone for a much lengthier, mellowed finish. Each new taste and new moment of the last taste reveals new layers of complexity and taste (to be fair, not all of them are great). Still, very impressive. Very interesting beer, variously reminiscent of a plain stout, a dry stout, and an oatmeal stout, and of course with the interesting dark cherry character I've not found in any beer of those styles. I've heard that this beer doesn't hold up very well against grocery store shelves, long-term aging in cellars, or The Elements in general, and considering I drank a bottle that had been shipped to me from half-way across the country and stored I-don't-know-how-long before that, I'd imagine this would be even better if fresh or on draft. As it is, it's a novelty that works and pays off not only with something new and interesting, but also with something pretty damn tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Pours black with crimson edging and almost no head, a few bubbles came up, but not much. Aroma is lightly roasted with a chocolate initial smell and a following light fruit/cherry/port hint. Flavor is lightly sweet but with a salty-soy sauce end from the tart cherries. Finishes lightly tart and malty. Overall it's a nice stout with an interesting twist. Thanks ClarkVV!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Pours very dark, almost opaque with a bit of brown showing at the edges. No head or lace whatsoever. Very nice nose. Cherries (of course) and chocolate malt stand out the most. Some roast malts in there as well. Interesting flavors. Everything is blanketed by cherry. Roast and chocolate malt. Small hints of flavor kind of like soy sauce. Oily palate, finishes tart and dry. A bit odd, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Sweet nose compared to most stouts. Alcohol is definately present in there as well. Flavor is just too good. At first the stout complex is noticed, then when it is diminishing the cherry flavors sink into your tongue with a tartness to it that was just wonderful. There is an interesting changing mouthfeel. Sure isnt a beer to have in large quantities, but is top notch for a sweeted desert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 Nearly pitch black with a nice tan head that quickly diminishes into a ring around the edge of the glass. Huge aroma of roast, chocolate and cherries. Medium creamy palate with lively carbonation. Sweet and tart flavor of cherries, roast, and chocolate with hints of licorice and coffee. Slightly medicinal. I can understand why some people won't like this one, but I am a fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a pitch black liquid with a small amount of dark brown and red hear that dissipates quickly to near nothing. Aroma is of sugar, sweet candy, coffee bean, ground coffee, vanilla, and faint cherry. Flavor is of vanilla, ground coffee with a sickly cherry cough medicine with a consistency in the liquid like a watery medicine that isn't harsh, but is unpleasant. Cherry and medicine are not my forte. Sampled at 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Don't know why they don't just call this one a stout. Was expecting a sweeter tasting brew. Wasn't bad though with its hearty stout taste, cherrys were sour tasting, but hey thats the way they advertised it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2003
aroma is of dark malt sour cherries and alcohol. pours jet black with an efervesant dark tan head that is big at first but dissipated quickly. flavor is roasty and kind of has an odd chocolate covered cherry thing going on. not really what I was expecting but its still pretty good.

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