Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured with a head disappearing magic trick. One second, Guinness, next second, gone. Nice and dark with some floaties ... the head had a ruby-brown tone while it lasted. The aroma is marvelous, filled with cherry, nutmeg and cinammon. Soft on the tip of the tongue, but some puckering sourness towards the back. Roasted and sweet, a very good dessert beer.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Didn't like this one. It poured and tasted very flat. The cherry flavor was overwhelming.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a very intersting beer. It pours a very dark red/brown and has an aroma of fruits. The cherry is apparent in the taste, but the taste is too overbearing to be enjoyed. This beer is also very expensive.
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 Well. Typical weakish brown stout head. Laces well, but disappears quickly. Dark, dark brown that is solid and no light comes through at all. A large amount of sediment. The cherry juice really does taste through the stout. The 8% does provide a kick! Cherry flavor is strong and reminds me of Cherry liquor and a bit of the Chocolate covered cherries. Leaves a tart cherry taste on the tongue and a touch of bitterness at the back of the throat. The price makes this a once in a lifetime type purchase.
sntckr (6) - Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2003 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured like most other Bell's stouts--dark with a low/medium tan head. Tart, cherry aroma prevalent. Delicate, seet taste for 8% abv. Somewhat lambic-like in the sweetness, yet more subdued and tart. Initially well balanced, with the aftertaste erring towards the sweet side.
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Before I even pour this brew, I find myself predisposed to not like it it. The idea of a Cherry Stout fills me with trepidations. But, I bravely pour on. The aroma of this beer does remind me of cherries. It pours a delicious looking very dark head of vine bubbles that slowly recedes. Its body is an opaque black as night black. The initial taste is as nauseating as I expected. I don't think I'll be able to finish it, but I drink on. My second taste is not as bad as the first. Still, I would rather have something else.
jaymobrown (1782) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very tart cherry flavor. Good round mouthfeel with some malt flavors up front. Most notable characteristic is the long sour cherry finish.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice chocolatey cereal aroma with hint of cherries. Light roastiness. Toasty cherry flavors. Finishes a bit dry.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting stout with a sharp cherry flavor that is bordering on being too much. But if you let it warm and have a bottle that was laid down for a year, it is a lot nicer. I drank a bottle with a black forest cake and it was the bomb! The taste is a malty dark chocolate flavor that is quickly pierced by an intense cherry flavor. The hops shine a little in the complex mire of this stout, but are hardly noticable over the cherry flavor. One should try this beer at least once, but as far as something that I would drink a lot of....no
Nuffield (3905) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 This is eye-opening. My bottle had cellared for a little over a year, but it must not have been long enough to save this beer for me. Great depth of color, little head. Two flavors, independently both excellent combine to confuse the mouth and mind. The initial hit is roasted and deeply malty...but wait...as quickly as that hits I get lambic-style sour and a sweet burst of cherry.... Oh dear, it just doesnít work together. Leaves a long residue and aftertaste. A good stout ruined, a good fruit beer ruined. 7-3-6-3-11 = 3.0// Re-rate in Jan. 2008. I was wrong. It still isnít a *great* combination, but it isnít bad. The sour quality isnít lactic, but tempting. I found it relatively easy drinking. Not the perfect stout, but an interesting brew. 7-4-7-3-14 = 3.5