chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 On tap at the Bow & Arrow True to the stout style, this beer was thick and dark and even the glass felt heavy! A nice aroma of chocolate and cherries, moreso the former than the latter. Upon tasting, the cherries come to the forefront over the chocolate. A tad sweet for my taste, but quite a complex beer, and another winner from this great brewer!
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to HogTownHarry for the bottle. Pours near black with a large head. Good retention. Good lacing. Aroma was mostly chocolate with a bit of coffee. Tastes sweet and rich; chocolate and lactose. A bit of cherry, but I was really surprised at how subtle it is. If I weren’t searching for cherries, I’m not sure I would have found them. Mostly sweet with some sour (cherry) taste in there. It’s a fine sweet stout, though.
Sammy (8027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This fresh LCBO bottle is courtesy of Pootz. Pours black, with some chocolate and cherry aroma. A chocolately smoothd rinking stout, with one flaw of burnt edges. A minority of geeks will really like that, but most people while really liking the chocolate will be repelled by the burned tar characteristic,
Nekronos (3363) - Xalapa, MEXICO - APR 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
VEyr good, nice chocolate flavour and cherry features. Dark and heavy but excellent foam with some dark features.
DerWeg (1426) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at BeerBistro. Very nice light cocoa notes, hint of roast, really didn’t taste cherry or it was masked in the sweetish ale fruit tones. A stout with a sweet personality, although I assumed the ’cherry’ had nothing to do with what was in it.
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Volo. Loved it! Tasted more like a porter to me. Fairly thin to medium mouthfeel. Not quite what I expected. Taste is bursting with mild chocolate (if you know what I mean), with the cherry kicking in when you breathe out through the nose. Sweet, a little tart and a clean finish with a light bitterness to follow. Pretty nice brew.
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Winking Judge. For some reason I was expecting the worst from this one but it very pleasantly surprised me. Nice rich roasted malt/chocolate aroma with a hint of cherry. Instead of the medicinal cherry I was expecting, I got a full earthy chocolately stout with a hint of cherry... and good cherry at that. Medium body with a clean finish that leaves just a little cherry and chocolate on the tongue to savour till your next sip. Cheers!
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark and thick in colour and head. Rich toasty malts and hints of cherry and chocolate. Sweet malty flavour with a very light cherry and chocolate aftertaste. Quite nice, but not the best stout I’ve had.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 Cask at the Victory Cafe - came very dark, with some faint ruby highlights at the edges, and a smallish tan head. Very faint aromas of roasted malt and some hops, but pleasing all the while. The mouthfeel is a bit more watery than I would have liked....especially for a stout. Not much at the front of the palate, but a big rush of flavour at the end, with roasty malt, some hops and a touch of sweet and sour cherry, especially as the glass warmed, all followed by a lingering roasty finish. Overall, too thin bodied and too subtle, especially on the chocolate/cherry notes, which, if you are going to call a beer "Double Chocolate Cherry Stout", should be fairly evident. Update - had on tap at the Magpie last night and it was a revelation - much more cherry sweetness/sourness in the finish and a fuller, more robust character overall. This is not the same beer I had earlier on cask, and benefits greatly from the added carbonation and slightly cooler serving temperature of the keg. Excellent, and highly recommended.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 Cask at The Victory Café, Toronto - came deep black, opaque, with a medium light brown, chocolatey head. Look great. Aroma is extremely faint, and almost undetectable. Flavour is very subtle as well, with almost everything coming forward right at the finish, lingering a little into the aftertaste. I wanted this to be a lot bigger and more robust, but as it is it’s quite thin in body and light in flavour. I detect almost no chocolate anywhere in there, and only the slightly amount of cherry in the finish. This cask version was nicknamed "Cherry Bomb" as it has more cherry in it than the bottle or keg version - strange. Roasted malts and some milk coffee notes finish this off. It’s certainly decent, but not excellent, while most Black Oak seasonals are. What is going on is nice, but it needs way more presence. Actually, this was strikingly similar to their Nutcracker Porter, but not as good and less flavourful. Looking forward to trying the bottle, which I hear is better.
UPDATE - on tap at Magpie, this was much much better. Fuller flavour, roastier aroma, chocolate and cherry notes coming through, but far from overly sweet or intrusive. Nice sour tartness from the cherries. A much more distinctive stout than the cask version I’d sampled previously. My rating now reflects this keg version.