Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very black with a small brown head. Roast and vanila aroma. Very sour and tart roasted flavor. Almost wine like.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown almost opaque liquid with a dark tan small bubbled head. Aroma of vanilla, rasians, anice, sorgum and dark brewers bread. Just a hint of alcohol. Tastes like dark chocolate covered cherry pitts. More carbonation than what apears zips across the tongue. sweetness that last throughout the quaff. Coffee and sweet/sour finish.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, thick. Head is brown around the edges. Nose of espresso. Cherry tart shows up in the taste. Finished on the sweet side then has a sudden bitterness. Good for something different to sip on.
stephen (308) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The stout part is great. Clean, smooth, roasty. However the tart cherry flavro is definitely distinct and not my favorite. Scores high for uniqueness and for being well made, but its just not my favorite. Slightly sour with an acidic, tangy aftertaste but good upfront flavor.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with quickly dissipating medium sized dark brown head. roasted malt taste with sour cherry finish. Not bad, but overall just doesnít work that well together, I think Iíll stick with the other Bellís stouts
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tart and acidic. The sweetness obscures the roasted character of the malt. Better as it warms, shows some nice subtlety. Decent.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/black beer. Tan head with reddish tones. Bready, roasty aroma with some cherries and fruitiness. Big dark chocolate flavor. Tart cherries. Bread. Coffee. Sweet. Like a dark chocolate torte topped with cherries. Very full body. Smooth. Underrated in my opinion.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black, but light does seep through the edges. Nice creamy dark tan head that looks like it could hang around awhile, but doesnít as it retreats to the edges of the glass. Aroma is rich dark roasted malts, very small burnt hints, but no cherry. Aroma is rich dark roast malts, with some chocolate, and more of the faint hint of burnt malt. Flavor is surprisingly tart, more because I wasnít expecting it to be so than itís actual acidity. Itís hard to pick up a distinct cherry flavor (other than the tartness) as it gets buried under the malt, but it blends into a subtle characer to the flavor.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I canít stand stouts. I was actually looking forward to this as I am a big fan of Sam Adamís Cherry Wheat. This stuff is very thick and definitely a full-bodied porter. Iíve had better.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown color, nice tan head. Some roast and surprisingly little cherry in the nose. Some roast and a semitart body make this drink an interesting experience. I thought that the beer worked well, but was a little timid, could have stood for some more cherries and a little more sourness.