jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really great aroma- a perfect mix of cherry and stout. The same continues in the flavor. In my bottle, the cherries took a wonderfully subtle backseat to the stout. The cherry taste was nice, not artificial tasting at all. I had a small sample, and would love to try it again.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with no head. Very watery for a stout. Big cherry aroma, sour and tart at the same time. Flavor is the same with a slighly bitter coffe finish. Very winelike. Very overwhelming in general. One is definately enough.
zathrus13 (1739) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at Monk’s, in Philly. Pours black, with aromas of cherries and coffee. Taste is similar, with cherries take a front seat. A very enjoyable stout. My main complaint would be that it needs more og a malt profile to go along with the nice cherry flavor.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a black body topped by a thin head with little lacing. The aroma and flavor are slightly sweet yet roasty with very slight sour cherry notes and a little chocolate. Full bodied, slightly smooth and dry.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasty w/ hints of coffee and cherries on the nose... the same in the mouth... it poured a black color w/ red highlights, no head and no lacing. The mouthfeel was well rounded, full bodied, and a slight effervescence. A really good beer.
sdcourtney (50) - Berlin, Germany, - JAN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tart and sweet cherry aroma. Dark and opaque, with a dark ruby-red tint. Head is dark tan and has no appreciable retention. Cherries dominate the flavor - starts out tart and finishes with a lingering sweetness. No noticable stout roastiness or maltiness comes through the cherries, and hop flavor or bitterness. Body is wonderfully creamy and mouthfeel is full and smooth. The cherry is a little too sweet and borders being cloying. The creamy mouthfeel makes this beer, however the cherry is a little too much on the sweet side. A bit of roastiness would balance this a bit more.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark red-brown, with thin to no head. Syrupy, tart, over-cherried, with hints of cough syrup. Overpowering flavor, but smooth texture and pleasant aftertaste halfway through the serving. From 12 oz bottle, slightly chilled. Interesting, but I probably won’t buy it again.
pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best, stout, ever.
Dark chocolate, cherry, alcohol, in that order. Drinking with food brings out the complexities, some spices you’ve never tasted in a stout.
WARNING: Michigan cherries ar not sweet, but VERY tart.
Lubiere (11379) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black stout with a brown head. Aroma of Cherry Blossom’s and cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark bitter chocolate with acidic fruity points. Could be interesting as a mulled warm beer.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour black with a slightly reddish tint on the edges of the glass with a nice brown head, also with a hint of red, and lots of thick lace. Smells like roasted sour cherries. Taste is the same, starting very sweet and immediately turning sweet/sour. This brew has a biting tartness, feeling almost acidic in the throat. Sugary, syrupy, thick which I did not like so much; otherwise a very good, unique beer that I’d buy again, though not as complex as I expected.