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RATINGS: 1419   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (546) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Poured from bottle at 55F. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a 2 finger dark tan head. Aroma of cherry and coffee, almost a bit of extract tang, but I must be smelling something else. Tastes strongly of tart cherry, coffee undertones. Itís smooth and creamy and pretty delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (917) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle into stout glass, opaque dark brown color with dark tan head. Aroma of cherry tartness, roasted malt, dark chocolate and faint coffee. Taste adds notes of sour cherries, smoke, liquorice, brown sugar and cocoa. Medium-heavy body, low carbonation, creamy, sticky with cherry roasty finish. The cherry notes accent this stout more than dominate, quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (3058) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle, black pour tan head, nose and taste are both chocolate and cherry, some coffee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (401) - Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Very dark brown/black pour with dark brown head. Aroma is roasted dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is predominantly dark bitter cocoa. Cherry, though not overdone, comes in I. The middle and carries through the finish. Dark cocoa bite in the finish also. Nice complimenting flavors. Gift from dlovell2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (308) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
I liked this one cherry really sticks on the mouth....tasty as hell...gonna let one sit a year......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HourGlass13 (133) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a charcoal black with a red tint. Little to no head and very slight lacing. Rich cherry aroma with chocolate. The taste is sour cherries up front and the chocolate lingers with some roast as an aftertaste. It is definitely tart and sour tasting. If you are looking for a sweet stout this is not it. Not bad but not what I expected. Very interesting. I enjoyed it but itís not for every one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hitch11 (4) - cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2014 does not count
On tap, almost black small head which didnít last long. In your face cherry taste with a bland finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (2564) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Backlog. 12 oz bottle from Total Wine & More - Gilbert, AZ. Black appearance with a brown head. Roasted malts, cherry juice, dark fruits, chocolate and light coffee. Medium body. Kind of like drinking a chocolate covered cherry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1400) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2014
sweet cherry start with a nice chocolatey coffee finish. slightly sweet finish as well. smells like roasted malt and coffee. pours black with a thick tan head. had out of a bottle at home.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thechasm442 (345) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2014 12 oz bottle served in a tulip glass. The beer pours an opaque black with a thin tan head that has hints of ruby as well, especially on the lacing, which is average. I give it above average just because the dark red colors that show up in the head are pretty cool in my opinion. Aroma is roasted barley, coffee, cocoa, and a creamy sweetness. Not really getting cherries though. Taste is very tart up front. Cherries are there for sure, and linger on and sweeten up a bit in the aftertaste. There are also roasted malt and barley, bakers chocolate, and some coffee flavors as well. Overall mouthfeel is creamy at first, than dry. I like this one. Itís interesting and different, although the cherry is a bit overdone on the palate. Edit...Iíve had this a few more times. Too much cherry. It gets overpowering after more than one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (275) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Smells nice, mainly roasty notes in the aroma with a hint of cherry. Completely black with a long lasting thick brown head, pretty. Tastes great, lots of nice tart cherry flavor. Upfront some sour cherry tartness, finishes with a dark maltyness, chocolate notes, sweet cherry notes. Long cherry finish. Medium bodied and average carbonation. Great cherry stout.

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