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RATINGS: 1440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pailhead (5259) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is dark chocolate, sour cherries, and coffee. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a brown fizzy head that diminishes immediatley. Flavor of dark chocolate and cherries in front. Finish is rather tart with sour cherries and coffee. Not a fan of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2004
I bought this as I haven’t heard of a cherry stout before. Poured nice and dark as a stout should, kind of average, but the thick, pungent aroma of cherries permeates the senses. I thought it was quite overpowering, came through in the taste as well...I know that most might enjoy this aspect, but I don’t really like it all that much. But worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2004
I first have to say this was a hell of a find by Gromit, thank you. Pours nearly black with a beige colored head. Aroma of chocolate with nice roastiness, and a sweet candied cherry presence. More of the same is in the taste, very sweet and smooth with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness. Very rich with coffee and chocolate hitting the palate, awesome cherry taste which help balance the malts with its tartness, where can I get another bottle?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Thanks to Gromit for the chance to try this one. This thing pours black as night with a small tan head. Aroma is very dark chocolate, roasty with a chocolate cherry smell, very rich and sweet. The taste on this thing is intense, very rich and sweet in the start, great coffee/chocolate tones, then finishes with a sweet cherry taste when combined with the chocolate as well as a mildly tart cherry taste in the finish. A very smooth and rich stout.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Pure black with no head. Looked like motor oil. Aroma was a tart cherry. The flavor was a flat sour tart cherry/cranberry. I wouldn’t call this a stout. There was no roast, no chocolate, no coffee, just flat sour cherry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
midwestdrifter (5) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004 does not count
pours very thick, with no head. very complex aroma. alcohol, slight sweetness, light coffee to semi sweet chocolate. most notable quality is the tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Pours black with a small dense brown head. Aroma is mostly mocha (similar to other Bell’s stouts) with hints of cherry. Sweet and chocalatey up front with a sour cherry in the end. Laces well. Cherry flavor seems to appear as the beer warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aubrey (3479) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Deep brown with a faded head. Chewy texture. Sweet and sour with a "Christmasy" slant. Sweet base. Pretty big sourness throughout. Some cherry in the aroma. Mild bitterness. Gingerbread toward the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Poured a deep, amost black with a dark brown, short-lived head. The aroma was a very tart cherry smell with subtle hints of chocolate. Mild bodied. Most of the tartness came from the cherries and hid whatever hopping was there... but it was tasty. Just a touch of chocolate. Quite an interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Opaque. Aroma of sour cherries, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, cream and dry, roasted malts. Not my idea of a good fruit beer. The cherries give the beer to much sweetness and tartness. Notes of chocolate, cherries, dark fruits, sourness and roasted malts. Not very good.

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