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RATINGS: 1456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdcourtney (50) - Berlin, Germany, - JAN 6, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2005
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11232) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 11, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2004
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.

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