Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I first have to say this was a hell of a find by Gromit, thank you. Pours nearly black with a beige colored head. Aroma of chocolate with nice roastiness, and a sweet candied cherry presence. More of the same is in the taste, very sweet and smooth with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness. Very rich with coffee and chocolate hitting the palate, awesome cherry taste which help balance the malts with its tartness, where can I get another bottle?
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Gromit for the chance to try this one. This thing pours black as night with a small tan head. Aroma is very dark chocolate, roasty with a chocolate cherry smell, very rich and sweet. The taste on this thing is intense, very rich and sweet in the start, great coffee/chocolate tones, then finishes with a sweet cherry taste when combined with the chocolate as well as a mildly tart cherry taste in the finish. A very smooth and rich stout.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pure black with no head. Looked like motor oil. Aroma was a tart cherry. The flavor was a flat sour tart cherry/cranberry. I wouldn’t call this a stout. There was no roast, no chocolate, no coffee, just flat sour cherry.
midwestdrifter (5) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours very thick, with no head. very complex aroma. alcohol, slight sweetness, light coffee to semi sweet chocolate. most notable quality is the tart finish.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small dense brown head. Aroma is mostly mocha (similar to other Bell’s stouts) with hints of cherry. Sweet and chocalatey up front with a sour cherry in the end. Laces well. Cherry flavor seems to appear as the beer warms.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown with a faded head. Chewy texture. Sweet and sour with a "Christmasy" slant. Sweet base. Pretty big sourness throughout. Some cherry in the aroma. Mild bitterness. Gingerbread toward the finish.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep, amost black with a dark brown, short-lived head. The aroma was a very tart cherry smell with subtle hints of chocolate. Mild bodied. Most of the tartness came from the cherries and hid whatever hopping was there... but it was tasty. Just a touch of chocolate. Quite an interesting brew.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque. Aroma of sour cherries, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, cream and dry, roasted malts. Not my idea of a good fruit beer. The cherries give the beer to much sweetness and tartness. Notes of chocolate, cherries, dark fruits, sourness and roasted malts. Not very good.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Nice deep black/red. No head. Initial taste is quite tart with cherries. Backed by big stout malts and a little bitterness. Some cheese. A good stout.
Update.Draft at Eccentric Cafe. Much fresher this time with a much more flavorful dose of Michigan cherries, lower acidity and less cheesiness this time. Rich body, chocolate and roast. Very smooth and refreshing. Very tasty.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty cherry aroma. Dark red crimson color. Lots of cherries in the taste, with breadiness and bitterness in the background. Tart finish.