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RATINGS: 1508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle. Poured a deep black with a medium brown creamy head that was mostly lasting and had fair lacing. The aroma was mild of roasted malts, a sweet yeast and strong notes of cherries and dark chocolate. It tasted mildly sweet with a strong cherry flavor at first and ended with a sweet-tart cherry flavor that had a hint of chocolate with the taste of cherries lingering on you taste buds for only a short while. Mouthfeel was medium in body and creamy yet watery in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a tasty stout, a nice change from the norm.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (2266) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2016
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1333) - - 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!

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wombat23 (607) - 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. Doesn’t really work for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehaak26 (74) - - JUL 23, 2016
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomashall (629) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
darbeer75 (430) - 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 doesn’t quite fit; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: definitely not my favorite; disappointing brew from Bells.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3407) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2016
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2896) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2016
Draught. Nice mix of sweet chocolaty notes and sour, fruity cherry notes. Good with desserts or by its own.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kleg (40) - The Beach, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2016
Pitch black pour with a large thick mocha head and decent retention. Fair lacing. Dark chocolate and dark cherry licorice flavor. Not as sweet or as creamy as i expected. Decent but disappointing. 7.0 ABV is undetectable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTheRick (923) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2016
Une mousse à peine visible se dissout aussi rapidement qu’elle s’est formée. La bière est d’un noir sans équivoque qui me rappelle la première fois que j’ai vu le film Jurassic Park. Il pleut tout le temps et il fait toujours noir dans c’te film-là. Ça gosse. En tout cas... Des élans discrets de tabac frais viennent s’appuyer sur des arômes enivrants de chocolat au lait truffé de cerises sucrées, comme les intemporels Cherry Blossom. Une très fine carbonatation contribue à la sensation d’onctuosité à chaque gorgée. La cerise s’exprime de façon plus définie en bouche et procure une acidité fruitée qui augmente considérablement la buvabilité de la bière. Aucunement artificielle et totalement bonne, le combo "chocolat et cerise" n’aura jamais été aussi succulent.


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