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RATINGS: 1377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Little head, extremely dark brown color. Aroma is of milk chocolate and cherries. Flavor is the usual bitter coffee flavor but with tart sweet cherries. This seems like a decent stout exceptionally well blended with cherries.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Dark brown with a weak tan head. Not much cherry to the nose. More chocolate and molasses. However, the flavor was a bit like tart chocolate covered cherries. Not bad but not great.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Bottle pours like a fairly black lightweight motor oil with some dark reddish tinges in it. Once poured, there is virtually no head or lacing. I immediately get an acidic aroma, some dark cherries, or what could best be described as an Imperial Stout with some cherries mixed in. Initial bite reveals a MAJOR tartness. The Cherry seems to be overwelmed by the abundant soury sweetness. As the beer warmed, the flavor began to develop a bit more, and the tartness lessened. Unfortunately the finish was still a bit too tart and acidic to really appreciate any of the cherry aspects of it. The cherry in "Cherry Stout" wasn't predominant enough to really set this apart from an over abundant tangy/fruity Imperial Stout. Had they toned down the tarness, increased the cherry, and brewed it as a Robust Porter instead, I think they might have had something. Not bad, but not something I would have again. Thanks goes out to ClarkVV for the trade!


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Panzuriel (1292) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Dark Brown Black liquid witha very thin, rapidly disappearing dark caramel colored head. Slightly bitter roasted malt aroma with possibly a faint cherry hint. Light malt taste on first sip fading into some sort of cherryish flavor in the middle with some not so great metallic twinges. Middle of the road mouthfeel, satiny yet not totally stout thick.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4387) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Small, tan head. Smells like a stout (chocolate and malt) but then hints of fruit. Not necessarily cherry, but fruit. Then comes the taste... I still never really tasted cherries per se. There was a very potent 'tang' lurking in the taste. I can't do much better than that. The flavor was very tart. I didn't care too much for the way it finished. The taste was just too tart and bitter. Still a good beer, just not something I would have a lot of.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Small, brown head, dark brown color, aroma of chocolate and sour cherry, taste initially sour cherries, then pleasant warm chocolate, fading to an acidic finish, some hops, more cherries. Very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Pours dark with almost no head. Coffee and cherry aroma hits it on the head. Cherry, malt, coffee, and light sweetness to compliment the bitter. Really sticks to the inside of the mouth. A nice beer to relax with in the evening.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2004
this beer....... makes me smile. i was very impressed by how the well balanced the cherry was with the dark malts... a great sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4377) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Black with a cool looking pink foam. Aroma of coffee and cherries. Flavors of cherry, coffee, and chocolate. Thick and Heavy. Reminded me of Old Rasputin-with cherry added.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
A very dark, thick stout with a wonderful chocolate covered cherry flavor. The cherries become a bit over-done as you drink, somewhat drowning out the stout (which has developed some licorice flavors that don't quite match the chocolate/cherry thing). Still, points for trying.


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