humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2003
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Vile, sour, putred and down right scanky. So much for quality control. Ordinarily I would look the other way, but I have gotten several bad beers from this brewer. I ain't made of money, so I expect to get a good product when I dish out extra cash.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Into the “Chalice” goes this ebony beauty, the head baronial in size, creamy in its texture and the color a dark chocolate brown, as it dematerializes a glutinous and clinging sheet of lace is form to caress the glass. The nose is like a cherry chocolate coke that was a favorite of mine in the long distant past, sweet malt, coffee, and quite pleasing to the eyes and nose, start is cherry sweet with lots of malt, the top rich and plentiful as it clings to the palate. Finish is spirited in its acidity, the hops pleasantly spicy and the bittersweet chocolate aftertaste lingers on and on, another great beer from a great brewery, how lucky you Midwesterners are to have this readily available.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick black tar. Half inch tan to dark brown head. Looks very nice. Smells of hops, coffee, and a little tiny bit of cherry. The flavor at first is like a stout and then is a very tart cherry flavor, like cherries picked too early. The aftertaste is of grass. Never had anything like it. I agree that the flavors are a little unbalanced but quite good.
GregClow (2914) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Colour is black with a ruby tint, and it pours with a large reddish-tan head that quickly recedes. Lucious aroma of rich chocolate-covered cherries. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Flavour starts well, with hints of licorice and chocolate, but the whallop of cherry that follows is so tart and astringent that it throws things seriously off-kilter. Conceptually, it's an interesting beer. In practice, it's just too unbalanced for my tastes.
flemdawg (533) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had high hopes from this brew, but sadly they fell short of my expectations. The dark, dark color, and the tan head were not what did this beer in. It was sadly the flavor. The cherry flavor was overpoweringly tart, almost sour. The usual stout flavor tried to get in there, but only succeeded a tiny bit.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 Black body with a reddish brown head. Nose of allspice, smoked wood, leather, and mustard. Behind the semi-sweet cherry/brown sugar front is a slightly pale "regular" stout flavor, which, although not strong, is the end result of the search by your tongue... it tries to get behind the initial biting flavors and find something deeper, but it’s left hanging. This stout has good body, and does not taste bad at all, but ultimately it just simply fails to entertain my palate.
2001 Reserver version - apparently this is different but I forget exactly how (different cherries or pits, different amount, something like that). Sampled from a keg, it has a weird spoiled and oxidized nose that has a bit of sharpness to it, and I found that I liked it less the more I smelled and drank it. Syrupy (low carbonation). I don’t think this improved with age, certainly not after six years. And it also didn’t make me change my numbers at all.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and creamy. The cherry hits you in both the nose and the mouth. Nice sweetness with a good dollop of alcohol aftertaste. Not being a big fan of fruit beers this is one that I would actually seek out and drink.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color.Brownish head that stays. Tart cherry flavor that has a nice feel in the mouth.Roasted malty taste with the cherry not overpowering. Good bitter cherry finish. To date the best fruit beer I have had.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color. Deep. Opaque. Chocolatey head. Sour chocolate cherry aroma (like Baker Street Bread chocolate cherry bread (Philadelphia chain -- I used to work there)). Can definitely taste the sour cherry juice. It has chocolate and cherry and mocha flavors. Interesting. Good. Bitter. Smooth.
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy brown head atop nice black body. Aroma is medium sweet, cherry, light chocolate. Taste is cherry accented by chocolate, medium sweet, light tart. Finish has light alcohol burn. Full body and creamy.