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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Not a good combination--I donít know why this description says tart cherries are added because it is definitely just an extract. At leat thats the taste Iím getting. Very fake and concealing, to quote Caddyshack: íYouíre not..youíre not good.í

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Even Bellís is human. The Cherry doesnít work, making this a sour and unpleasant offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Dark brown, with a touch of red (which Iím probably imagining). Low carb, very little head. The nose is more cherry essence than anything, with roasted malt playing a quiet second fiddle. I enjoy the tart flourish of the cherries, but they leave a lingering cough syrup aftertaste. At this point Iím willing to agree that cherries probably donít belong in stouts. As with most Bellís brews, well executed, but this one seems a bit forced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... The aroma is of dark chocolate and buttermilk with faint notes of cherries. Pours thick and black... Pitch Black! Small, creamy tan head with a copper tint. Mostly diminishing. Very Very tart and tangy from the moment it was poured into my mouth to the very end of the lengthy finish. Notes of chocolate, coffee and molasses. This is just a fun, extremely tart and tangy beer. Of course, one must consider that Iím a guy who will buy the LARGE bag of Sour Patch Kids at the movies and eat them until my eyes are red and my tongue is bleeding. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel. Pillow-soft carbonation. I really like this beer. Itís fun like a Lambic or Flanders Red. Not for the... (drumroll, please)...Faint Of Tart (bah-dah bang)!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Bottled, drunk in the splendor of Red Roof Inn (Lorain OH branch). Dark, near-black, hints of red, somewhat thinnish looking, little head. Smells like cherry malted milk balls. Balance of cherry-chocolate on the tongue is good, but the sour/astringent feel is a bit too much, and itís very sour in the finish, which I found made it a bit difficult to down in conjunction with the heavy stout body. A mixed bag, then, but worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shorlin (635) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 17, 2002
This is black. Super-black. It makes ordinary black look beige. Little head, but the slight carb is a dark orangey-brown. Aroma is interesting. FIrst is the cherries which are right on top. Then, deeper in the aroma is some bitter coffee roastiness which is pretty subtle. Taste is more of the same. The mouthfeel starts very thin, but there is a loooooong dry finish there. Hard to know if I lke this beer, but itís very different from other things Iíve tasted. Thanks arjan!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Way too tart...more like a kriek lambic than a stout. But still, I have to give these guys credit for producing some different beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Dark brown cloudy color, small and thin brown head. Chocolate roastey malty cherry aroma. Sour cherry and coffee flavors, I donít really care for fruity beers but this one is allright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Very dark and absolutely no head. Musty malted aroma, with a slight bit of cherries. Very tart roasted flavor, almost astringent. I would have liked this better if different cherries (less tart) were used and carbonation was better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 6, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2003 Strong cherry aroma. At times, this stout gave off a slightly rotten aroma. I finally related it to the smell of a winery that is near my house...like fermented grapes (or cherries in this case). Nice flavor of cherries, malty sweetness, and alcohol. The feel is substantially thinner than I expected. I think a thicker stout might work better with the cherries.

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