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RATINGS: 1508   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 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. Theyíre there, but theyíre hiding. Thereís also a light licorice or cola. The flavor is a thick chocolate and light cherry flavor. Thereís a bunch of bitterness from the dark malts. I donít 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. Iíd 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, weíve 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 (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Chocolate overwhelms cherry in the nose. Thereís some cherry wanting to get out; it just doesnít 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 donít even really like cherries, but I like this brew. Iíd 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 íprune juiceí 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 isnít enough to help this brew. Medium and slick was the body on this. I donít think I will be trying this again anytime soon. Too bad I picked up 2 bottles, anyone want one?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 Rich, black pour...with a lucious even brown head. Strong aroma of tart cherries and malt, backed with chocolate. Itís like a big whiff of Cherry Garcia in my nose. Cherries arenít subtle and dominate the flavor profile, starting sweet, then turning tart, and finishing off burnt and bitter. Interesting progression. A little too sour for me, but still a nice beer. Could use some dryness to round it off. This is going to be paired up with some chinese food, as strange as that may seem.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blatz King (150) - Whitewater, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Blackness throughout. Very chocolatey and fruity smell. Was very delicious with slight cherry flavor. Not the best Iíve ever had but with very good thanks to my buddy who let me try half of one....He could have gave me a whole one considering he erased my paper on my computer, but hey he gave me a sprecher Irish Stout but whatever.

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