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RATINGS: 1510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Pours a dark brown with slight red hue, thin dark tan head, minimal lacing. Aroma is wonderful of roasted malt, brown sugar, chocolate covered cherries, and caramel. Flavor is only solid, since it tastes literally like some cherry juice was added to a solid stout. Altogether interesting though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PanMarek (266) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2016
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (7472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2016
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, thereís 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (2373) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Draft to taster at cappyís 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1412) - - AUG 19, 2016
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wombat23 (763) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2016
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. Doesnít really work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehaak26 (111) - - JUL 23, 2016
Bottle into glass at Marikkaís. Pours a chocolate brown with little to no head. Aroma is chocolate and cherries. Finish starts chocolate and becomes sour cherry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomashall (707) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2016
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
darbeer75 (554) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2016
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 doesnít quite fit; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: definitely not my favorite; disappointing brew from Bells.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3538) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2016
July 28, 2015. Bottled December 2, 2011. Tasting at jtclockworkís, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2953) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2016
Draught. Nice mix of sweet chocolaty notes and sour, fruity cherry notes. Good with desserts or by its own.

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