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RATINGS: 1502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2004
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Malty cherry aroma. Dark red crimson color. Lots of cherries in the taste, with breadiness and bitterness in the background. Tart finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Pours a very shiny black with little head. Has an aroma similar to port. Fermented fruits like plum and raisin and chocolate malts are major parts of the aroma. Itís qite tart at first, becomming a little bitter sweet and finishing slightly chalky and then roasty. The cherry leaves a lingering tartness, but the fruit isnít necessiarly immeadiately identifiable as cherry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 i love this beer...a very dark chocolately cherry taste, with a touch of strong coffee...great creamy silky body...goes down really smooth...in some ways it has a very wine like flavoring to it....kudos to BELLS for making a great fruit stout

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kane (111) - USA - SEP 16, 2004
While cherry and chocolate works well together I do not like cherry and coffee, so this does not taste good to me. I find the tartness of the cherries and the bitterness of the roasted malts do not blend well together. A one time beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Pours black with slight red tint when held to extreme light. Nose is of chocolate covered cherries(with dark chocolate of course.) Body is velvety smooth with sweet and tart at the same time. Very nice balance. As a treat, try it over premium vanilla ice cream, similar to a root beer float. YUM

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
APAndy (1) - jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2004 does not count
The aroma overwhelmed as soon as i opened the bottle, which i definitely liked. The taste itself was a little lacking. It was sweet even for a sweet stout. I could taste some cherry tartness, but i did not enjoy it. I may be biased because i usually dont like really fruity beers.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - SEP 1, 2004
This beer had a beautiful aroma, of chocolate covered cherries, and a very nice rich dark color. However, the flavor was heavily dominated, and overpowered by sour cherry, with hints of chocolate and coffee. This beer would have been great with a more subtle hint of cherry.


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