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RATINGS: 1453   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


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3299) - 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 (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Dark brown with a weak tan head. Not much cherry to the nose. More chocolate and molasses. However, the flavor was a bit like tart chocolate covered cherries. Not bad but not great.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Bottle pours like a fairly black lightweight motor oil with some dark reddish tinges in it.   Once poured, there is virtually no head or lacing.   I immediately get an acidic aroma, some dark cherries, or what could best be described as an Imperial Stout with some cherries mixed in.   Initial bite reveals a MAJOR tartness.   The Cherry seems to be overwelmed by the abundant soury sweetness.   As the beer warmed, the flavor began to develop a bit more, and the tartness lessened.   Unfortunately the finish was still a bit too tart and acidic to really appreciate any of the cherry aspects of it.   The cherry in "Cherry Stout" wasn't predominant enough to really set this apart from an over abundant tangy/fruity Imperial Stout.   Had they toned down the tarness, increased the cherry, and brewed it as a Robust Porter instead, I think they might have had something.   Not bad, but not something I would have again.   Thanks goes out to ClarkVV for the trade!


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Panzuriel (1420) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Dark Brown Black liquid witha very thin, rapidly disappearing dark caramel colored head. Slightly bitter roasted malt aroma with possibly a faint cherry hint. Light malt taste on first sip fading into some sort of cherryish flavor in the middle with some not so great metallic twinges. Middle of the road mouthfeel, satiny yet not totally stout thick.


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