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 (3801) - 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
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and opaque with a thin, fast-fading head. Sweet roasted oatmeal aroma with a touch of sour cherries. Complex flavor profile with candy-like, almost medicinal cherry qualities. This is an interesting style, but I don't think that fruit stouts work so well because there is too much competition between the malt and fruit flavors. Nonetheless, this is probably as good of a balance as you can find and another example of bells' extensive variety.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2003
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
nope. this stuff didn't work for me. and i LIKE cherries, i've enjoyed them for years, as well as stouts. but here the merging of these noble flavors has the effect of merging high speed frieght trains. it pours an auspicious enough red-tinged currant color. the foam haunts the edges of the glass, and like silent premonitions, there are sheer braille-like tiny dots of foam that probably are saying: "run away", but alas, i can't read braille. medium nose has ambiguity --or rather clever artful deception: it could be called a pleasantly chocolate-cherry confection with apple butter and alcohol--OR it could be sour pickle relish in an old shoe, depending upon the nose's acuity in ferreting out imposters and fraud. frankly, mine erred on the artifice of disguise-- until i tasted the beer. modest carbonation cajoles you to open the door by claiming to be delivering a box of sweet dark chocolates, but then suddenly simian hoodlums of metallic bitterness and burnt chicoried coffee burst in, spraying gummy cherry cough syrup all over the bare and delicate interior of the mouth. this sour bitterness discord of aspartame, pickled nails and gummy black malts actually increases 'till it's very unpleasant. i had to eat a jalopeno pepper just to cleanse my palate. like spinach salad with godiva chocolate dressing, a waste of quality ingredients.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a "dessert" beer. The cherry flavor, although strong, is a nice complement to the classic, potent roasted flavors of Bells stouts. This one pours like motor oil and tastes like antifreeze (just kidding, but it is sweet!). Pick up a six-pack to enjoy at a leisurely pace. Typically pricey though.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The flavor of this one is nice, but much more in the tart, cherry aftertaste than in the overall body. A nice beer, but lacking in depth.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great dessert beer. The tart cherries tickle the tongue while the thick chocolate-y flavor fills up the mouth. Surprisingly delicate for 8% abv.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black color. Small head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and molasses. Full bodied. Roasted malts are chocolate and coffee. The cherry flavor is tart and sour and very definitely there, but it adds to the beers flavor while it still retains all the stout-like qualities. Flavors are chocolate, coffee and sour cherries. Smooth taste. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a lingering sour cherry flavor. Amazing.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a very dark amber, almost black color and formed a dark bubbly tan head that subsided quickly and left little lace. An aroma of of malt and dark cherries. A flavor of malt and dark cherry. A bit of sourness is present in the finish, no doubt inpacted by the cherry. As far as stouts go it is servicable, but not one of my favorites, even of the November Stouts.