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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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a pitch black liquid with a small amount of dark brown and red hear that dissipates quickly to near nothing. Aroma is of sugar, sweet candy, coffee bean, ground coffee, vanilla, and faint cherry. Flavor is of vanilla, ground coffee with a sickly cherry cough medicine with a consistency in the liquid like a watery medicine that isn't harsh, but is unpleasant. Cherry and medicine are not my forte. Sampled at 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Don't know why they don't just call this one a stout. Was expecting a sweeter tasting brew. Wasn't bad though with its hearty stout taste, cherrys were sour tasting, but hey thats the way they advertised it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2003
aroma is of dark malt sour cherries and alcohol. pours jet black with an efervesant dark tan head that is big at first but dissipated quickly. flavor is roasty and kind of has an odd chocolate covered cherry thing going on. not really what I was expecting but its still pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Roasty aroma with a subtle tart cherry kicker. Brief brown head. Flavor is initially a pleasant blend of roast malt and tart cherries. Later the cherries become a bit much. Dry roast finish but the tartness from the cherries lingers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2003
A black monster of a stout. Only the slightest hint of cherries in an aroma dominated by roasted malt. The palate is assaulted by bitter cherries and then soon overcome with a dry roastiness. An interesting concert that takes me in two different directions at once. Be warned...this is a potential palate destroyer. Low score in "overall" due to the high cost ($15/sixer in my area)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2003
good stout color with almost no head, looks like a stout, smells like a stouts, tastes like a kriek. Not what i was expecting, but another excellent stout(ish) beer from bells.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Almost completely opaque, a touch of light peeks through as dark brown at the edge. Faintest tint of red in the dark brown head. Aroma consists of a touch of chocolate, faint sour cherry, and a distinct aroma of the dying embers of a camp fire. Burnt flavors dominate, like someone jammed a piece of charcoal in your mouth. A bit of chocolate, and then a sour cherry twang on the finish that is totally disjointed from the rest of the beer. Strangely thin bodied, which I never would have expected from these folks. Just not my thing, and I had really thought I would like this. Thanks to Triple B 63 for the chance to sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Its Cherry and its Stout. I don't believe I would rate this as a fruit beer. Tastes like a stout. Looks like a Stout. It is a stout with cherry flavoring. This is very good. Not bitter at all. Expensive Rating @ 13.50 a six but has changed my opinion of Bell's products. No head out of the bottle still very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
This was extremely unique to me. The aroma is great, but the flavor is a little harsh. Slightly syrupy and sweet, with an over apparent taste of cherries. Very tart and a bit sour at times, and then a bit too sweet at times as well. Kind of unbalanced and cloying. Still, it was finishable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Bottle: kind of malty, kind of roasty aroma with maybe a hint of cherry. Hard for me to pinpoint. Black brew with minimal and quickly dissipating brown head. Tart, tart flavor. Really gets the back sides of the tongue. Big and strong.

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