tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Bottle: completely black, opaque body with a deep tan head that is slow to form & slow to fall. Aroma is mostly sweet cherry juice with a mild undercurrent of milk chocolate, faint coffee, & light, finishing roast. I think the cherries distract from some of the robustness of the stout. Taste is a quick hit of roasted malt followed immediately by tart cherry juice... not quite sour or puckering, but exceedingly tart for a stout. Slight acidity in the finish with a touch of medicinal notes in the aftertaste. Sweet cherry finish with only a faint hint of dark cocoa & roasty malt. The sharp acidity & slight medicinal flavors can be a little distracting at times... It does get better with warmth, however, as the medicinal flavors fade & the authentic cherry tartness integrates into the stout more effectively.
PanMarek (241) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark, malty nose with some chocolate and cherry. Dark brown / black pour with creamy beige foam that persists. Heavy body with slick texture and light fizz. The roasted malts come out in the taste with a touch of bitterness that balances the cherry tartness well.
onceblind (7306) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a thin light tan ring of foam around the glass, giving off a lovely nose of black malt roast, dark bittersweet cocoa, and a big dose of cherry. Smooth and wonderous flavor that starts sweet and dark chocolaty, gets a tart but fleshy bit of cherry juice, there’s a wee bit of roast and black malt, then a cherry flesh and light tart juicy finish with a touch more chocolate in there. Delightful.
drsordr (2332) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at cappy’s pour opaque black with thin tan head. Nose light roasted malt, mineral chocolate, slight dusty. Taste minerality up front, roasted malt, bakers dark chocolate. Only getting minimal cherry very late in the finish.
zoucrew102 (1376) - - AUG 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Christina! Roasted malt aroma with notes of tart cherries and chocolate. Pours very dark brown with a very slight ruby tinge as well as a thin but retentive light brown head that also has excellent lacing. Starts with roasted malt and chocolate flavors with a bit of cherry sweetness mixed in. Finishes smooth with the previously mentioned flavors as well as the cherry turning more towards tart over sweet. Another nice stout from the folks at Bells!
wombat23 (686) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2016
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Almost black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate notes, and hints of cherry. Taste: begins with dark malt, coffee, and chocolate, but finishes with tangy sour cherry. Acidic. Doesn’t really work for me.
ehaak26 (84) - - JUL 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into glass at Marikka’s. Pours a chocolate brown with little to no head. Aroma is chocolate and cherries. Finish starts chocolate and becomes sour cherry.
thomashall (643) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Nice dark malt aroma, some cherry, some coffee. Taste is nice up from, plenty of cherry juice then fades into a ashy finish, some metallic taste too. Kind of a let down.
darbeer75 (517) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2016
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma: rich stout with some cherry; Appearance: pitch black with tan head that dissipates slowly; Taste: follows nose but cherry adds an unpleasant tang that doesn’t quite fit; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: definitely not my favorite; disappointing brew from Bells.
hackobock (3483) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
July 28, 2015. Bottled December 2, 2011. Tasting at jtclockwork’s, thanks for sharing!
Black with a tiny tan head. Aroma is sweet cherries, toffee, milk chocolate, hints of prunes and sherry. Taste is light to medium sweet toffee and berries, slight tartness from the cherries and a touch of dried fruits. Light dry finish with roasted and tart notes. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
hirigalzkar (2910) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Nice mix of sweet chocolaty notes and sour, fruity cherry notes. Good with desserts or by its own.