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 (46) - 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 wonít 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 youíve never tasted in a stout.
WARNING: Michigan cherries ar not sweet, but VERY tart.
Lubiere (11148) - 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 Blossomís 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 Iíd buy again, though not as complex as I expected.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very interesting beer. Pours black with a brown head. Sweet aroma taste is very tart and sweet. Basic chocolate undertone taste with big tart cherry afterkick. Taste is even more tart on the lips. Thick, rich and oddly flavored.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 Bottle pours a deep thick blackness with a monster head and some residual lace. It looks perfect in my tulip. The aroma is of something like a chocloate covered cherry candy, but with more of a roasted quality. The flavor is quite influenced by the sour cherry flavor, and also by the stout like characteristics. The palate is rich, but not too rich for the sour cherry flavor. Overall, a bit unbalanced, but certainly not bad.
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2006 Bottled. Has a nice cherry smell with some yeast noticeable. Pours a deep brown-black body under a soda fizz that results in no head. Sweet, deep cherry continues in the taste, plus chocolate roast that alternates between barely there and chocolate-covered cherry. Despite being bottle-conditioned, itís fizzy like a cherry sodaóbut that fits well with its flavor profile. Further down, sweetness is replaced by a dry red wine component, ending with a flare of wine dregs. Too bad I didnít notice their description or the ABV on the label, else Iíd have tried to cellar this a while.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark pour, aroma was nice enough coffee chocolate and a slight hint of cherry,intial taste was nice a blast of chocolate cherry, but thn came thisdisagreeable cheery aftertaste, it tasted almost artificial, this strange tartness got even stronger as it warmed, Bells stouts are the best but not this one.