superspak (1892) - Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 10/8/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, tart cherry, cherry skin, light char, toast, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt with a fair amount of cherry presence; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cherry skin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, light char, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of cherry tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with prominent cherry flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited stout style. All around good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cherry flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
WanderinCelt87 (54) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Has a lovely chocolate aroma and pours a nice dark chocolate color for the body and dark brown head. Has a very sweet taste from the cherries but isnít overpowering. Goes down very smooth.
Evolutionary (217) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at mellow mushroom. Pours black with maroon hint in the light. Smooth pour and fairly light body. Cherry tart blast with malt smoothness hiding in there. Coffee hint at the end. Probably wouldnít drink a lot of these in a row but this is pretty tasty, esp for a winter beer. ---Rated via my mouth
tillmac62 (44) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 10/8/13. Nice cherry nose with a roast compliment. Low medium body. Cherry is the predominant flavor, with it being on the tart side rather than sweet. The roast malts are overpowered by the cherry. The crisp finish has a touch of sweetness, but again, the cherry predominates and lingers as the only aftertaste. As it warms, a better balance is achieved and roast becomes evident. I began this review at 33 degrees F. Another fine stout from Bellís.
marv3mania (127) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance is inky black, completely opaque liquid with a thin reddish-brown head which is gone in a matter of seconds. Aroma is a very nice balance of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, and tart cherry. The taste is primarily roasted malts with a bit of sweetness/tartness from the cherries. It has a weaker taste that I expected. Itís not bad, but it doesnít deliver on the complex promise of the scent. Mouth is light carbonation and a velvety, though thin, feel. Itís not my favorite beer, but it is my favorite stout so far.
jmcgavin12 (341) - Madison, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black as night with tantalizing frothy tan head. Aroma is rich with chocolate, malt, and sweet cherry. Taste is moderate sweet with acidic crisp cherry notes near the finish. Medium to weak body, a bit of an oily finish.
fattybladdy (358) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Dark brown, nearly black with a bit of red, pretty flat looking with almost no head. Aroma is tart cherry and chocolate. Taste is sweet cherry and chocolate, very tart and sour.
Howlader (73) - - OCT 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught at Churchkey in Washington, DC during DC Beer Week. Very complex and delicious
MaroonOrange (78) - - OCT 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is heavy on the dark malts. Flavor has smoke and wood. The cherry flavor is very strong, but the sweetness and sourness come through.
umich03jm (1303) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small creamy head that quickly goes away. Aroma is creamy roasted malts mixed with slightly tart cherries. Taste has a light sweetness up front with a strong tart cherry finish. Very light roasted malt is there too. Medium body. The cherry flavor is a bit strong here. Iím hoping some aging will make that fade a little.