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RATINGS: 1482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
walleye (1087) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2006 Poured dark brown to black with a small tan head that didn’t last. Aroma chocolate covered cherries, malt, plums, syrupy,. Flavor sour cherries, red wine, alcohol, medicine citrus, vinegar. Undecided about this one, I thought this might be a good after dinner beer but the more I drank it the more I changed my mind, too syrupy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2004
bottle acquired from my sister from Ann Arbor. Judging from the [revious ratings, I wonder if this beer was mishandled somewhere along the way. Pour is black with a red hue around the edges. Brown head that fades away quickly. Aroma is slightly malty, not much for fruit on the nose. Wow, this tastes like vinegar. Acidic cloying cherry vinegar. Ugly. Definately not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2004
Pours black with slight head. Strong cherry aroma. Nice flavor of cherries and malty sweetness. The feel is substantially thinner than I expected. The finish was a little light but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DYCSoccer17 (3550) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Well, the deScription says it will improve with cellaring. It;s tough to get much worse, so thats good. This beer has a rather sour aroma as well as hints of coffee in there as well. Pours a nearly opaque black with red-wine color twinges, especially on the edged. There was virtually no head, which was disappointing. It was tan but was gone in a heartbeat even with an aggressive pour. Start is very acidic and sour with hints of cherry. Unpleasant. Finishes watery and thin with coffee flavors. Way too sour and way too unbalanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2007 Dark Coloring. No Head. Small hint of cherry and chocolate. Not very balanced. Strong. Worth Trying. Rerated Aug 2007. On tap @ Town Hall Dark Brown Color with Sandy Ring. Dark Malts, Light Roasts, Tart Cherry Notes...Overall a Nice Balance Off Sweetness, Bitter Roasts and Tart Cherry Flavor. Tart Aftertaste. Much Better on Tap Than in the Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Dark black with no head at all. A small aroma of cherry, but a huge cherry flavour. Very tart with some bitterness. A bit unbalanced overall, but worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2004 Pours very thick and black with basically no head.... just a brown ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is very light, but some cherry and chocolate is picked up. Taste is predomently tart cherries with some sweet burnt chocolate and a bitter stout finish. Mouthfeel is a little thick and carbonation is soft. At first I thought this beer was unbalanced with tart cherry flavor. It either grew on me, or the batch I had was different/old. I really like the flavor, but to me it needs to be sipped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1149) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 medium chocolate cherry nose, not much of the typical stout coffee and roast notes. intense cherry tartness, very unbalanced but still pretty interesting.

with some age (1 year +), this beer becomes much more balanced and palateable. the tartness softens a bit, and the roast chocolate and cherries become sweeter and smoother. i wonder how it is after a longer time....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Good brown color,small head that faded fast and left little behind.Nice malty almost tangy aroma with a mild hint of cherry,chocolate and maybe a slight amount of coffee.Nice sweet flavor,with a decent cherry note to it and towards the middle you kind of get this chocolate,cherry cordial thing going on with a slight bitterness at the end.As it warms the cherry and chocolate really start to come through much better,along with a slight sourness as well.Not a bad brew at all,Fairly decent and more then worth wwhile having a few more around.Thanks go to Nexxus for sending this brew my way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2004
12oz bottle. Extremely dark in color. Reddi tan head.Chocolate and cherry aroma. Flavor is tart. Ok.

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