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RATINGS: 1444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Panzuriel (1378) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Small, tan head. Smells like a stout (chocolate and malt) but then hints of fruit. Not necessarily cherry, but fruit. Then comes the taste... I still never really tasted cherries per se. There was a very potent 'tang' lurking in the taste. I can't do much better than that. The flavor was very tart. I didn't care too much for the way it finished. The taste was just too tart and bitter. Still a good beer, just not something I would have a lot of.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Small, brown head, dark brown color, aroma of chocolate and sour cherry, taste initially sour cherries, then pleasant warm chocolate, fading to an acidic finish, some hops, more cherries. Very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (386) - Westland, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Pours dark with almost no head. Coffee and cherry aroma hits it on the head. Cherry, malt, coffee, and light sweetness to compliment the bitter. Really sticks to the inside of the mouth. A nice beer to relax with in the evening.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2004
this beer....... makes me smile. i was very impressed by how the well balanced the cherry was with the dark malts... a great sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4811) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Black with a cool looking pink foam. Aroma of coffee and cherries. Flavors of cherry, coffee, and chocolate. Thick and Heavy. Reminded me of Old Rasputin-with cherry added.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
A very dark, thick stout with a wonderful chocolate covered cherry flavor. The cherries become a bit over-done as you drink, somewhat drowning out the stout (which has developed some licorice flavors that don't quite match the chocolate/cherry thing). Still, points for trying.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Thick deep dark color. Light blend of cherry and stout aromas. To be completely frank, this tasted like a fantastic stout with a lot of very sweet cherry juice in it. Interesting ... and some may love it. I did not think it was so hot. Better than the average though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
12/22/03. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with bigbadbear63 on RateBeer 12/4/03. This beer pours with quite a large, fluffy and somewhat rocky dark tan-to-brown head on a vigorous pour. Dissipates after moderate retention and leaves decent, spotty lacing throughout the whole glass. Extremely dark brown body-- almost black-- with medium-looking oily consistency and a deep burgundy appearance around the edges. My kind of stout. Aroma is darkly chocolatey and very rich, dark chocolate-covered cherry scent poking through. Malty. Initial taste is quite tart, the sourness of the malt and cherries tearing apart most of the darkness and chocolate flavor that a normal stout would give. Very smooth mouthfeel, and medium-to-full bodied with a very creamy texture. The tartness lingers on the finish for moderate length and then fades to reveal-- there it is!-- the dark chocolate and malt backbone for a much lengthier, mellowed finish. Each new taste and new moment of the last taste reveals new layers of complexity and taste (to be fair, not all of them are great). Still, very impressive. Very interesting beer, variously reminiscent of a plain stout, a dry stout, and an oatmeal stout, and of course with the interesting dark cherry character I've not found in any beer of those styles. I've heard that this beer doesn't hold up very well against grocery store shelves, long-term aging in cellars, or The Elements in general, and considering I drank a bottle that had been shipped to me from half-way across the country and stored I-don't-know-how-long before that, I'd imagine this would be even better if fresh or on draft. As it is, it's a novelty that works and pays off not only with something new and interesting, but also with something pretty damn tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Pours black with crimson edging and almost no head, a few bubbles came up, but not much. Aroma is lightly roasted with a chocolate initial smell and a following light fruit/cherry/port hint. Flavor is lightly sweet but with a salty-soy sauce end from the tart cherries. Finishes lightly tart and malty. Overall it's a nice stout with an interesting twist. Thanks ClarkVV!


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