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RATINGS: 1456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1894) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Black in color. Not a single ray of light makes its way through this stuff. Head is small, very dark brown, and mostly diminishing. Tart cherry aroma is most prevalent with the roasted malts taking a back seat, which is rather surprising. I was expecing the opposite. What an interesting flavor: the roasted malt hits you first, but a big cherry sweetness rings in on the back of your tongue like a churchbell at midnight. Holding it in your mouth, it is almost as if the beer separates into 2 liquids: the roasty stout at the front of your mouth, and a thick, tart cherry fruit beer at the back. You taste this stuff with your entire mouth. Slightly chalky finish. Truly unique. Wow.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Now this may just be me, but this beer is too powerful of a taste; I expected more cherry and less stout-ish attributes. Very little head to speak of. VERY dark and menacing body, much like soy sauce in character (in taste and appearance). For a stout I thought it much to tart and chewy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2004
A good outing for this cherry beer. Interesting combination as it is quite dark for anything I've ever had cherries in before. I enjoyed the tartness playing off the rich body. A good occasional beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3470) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Dark brown, almost black. Diminishing brown head. Intensely vinous nose, mildly tart with a noticeable cherry presence. Milky smooth palate, slightly astringent roasted barley character. Tart cherry flavor lingers in the finish.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2004
I just don't know what they were going for here?? Taste like wostershire (sp) sauce. I couldn't finish it... sorry Bells.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetrifecta (29) - Bell’s country, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Great roasted malt with the sweet finish of cherries. Nice full body that can actually be a casually enjoyed beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Upon first sip my mouth puckered up like a tart candy. Rich color and smell. To bad I did not have another bottle, this just went down great and I am not fond of fruity beers.. Woo Hoo

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Totally black pour with almost no head. Coffee, malt and chalky chocolate taste. Cherry was a bit more tart as the temp went up.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Kept battling the thought that I wanted just a tad more. Tad more roastyness. Tad more malt sweetness. Tad more anytghing and I was worried that the cherry might not have been just right in the mix. Which I think it is. Sour cherry stout. I really like it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Little head, extremely dark brown color. Aroma is of milk chocolate and cherries. Flavor is the usual bitter coffee flavor but with tart sweet cherries. This seems like a decent stout exceptionally well blended with cherries.


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