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!
Torontoblue (85) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 year old bottle from my cellar. Pours a deep black with a frothy mocha head which settles down to a fine lace. Aromas of cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, milk chocolate & sour cherries. Cocoa, bittersweet chocolate on the palate with a great sour cherry flavour. Nice roasted bitterness on the finish. I truly wish this was made all year round!
Magtek32 (76) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341ml Bottle. Pours black with a slight touch of dark red at the bottom of the glass, off white/tan head that diminished quickly. Aromas of roasty malt, coffee, chocolate, cherries. The cherries statrt to come out more in the taste along with notes of chocolate, coffee and slight roasted malt. Medium bodied, not quite as thick as I expected, more like a porter, and it ends with a nice sweet finish. A good sweet stout.
thebhoy (61) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Milos’. I was quite disappointed by this beer. The obvious comparison for me was to the Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout. Obviously different fruits involved, and this was always going to be sweeter compared to the cranberry tart and bitterness, still, what made the Muskoka really great is what Black Oak was missing. The body felt way too thin and the taste reflected that. There was definitely some interesting stuff happening there, but it all sort of fizzed away into a bit of a watery mess. Looked great, had an okay aroma, but really lacked the punch that it seemed to promise, especially having liked their Nutcracker Porter.
jmcnally (21) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted a sample (150ml) at Volo. I’d agree with the rater who said it was slightly medicinal. Pleasant in a sample, I don’t think I could stomach a full bottle.
BTofthe4Bros (20) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance - body is a very dark brown/near black, off-white head fades quickly. Aroma - nose is nice and roasty, notable chocolate, creamy candy, ground coffee, bitter fruits. Palate/Flavour - body is full, medium-light, slick to start and tangy towards the end, again quite roasty, prominent coffee, bitter chocolate, tart cherry, cloying finish with bitter cherry and coffee.
jyoungsbcp (6) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2010 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep black with a swirl of dark red mixed in. Lighter tan head, not overly fluffy, but nice lacing. Aromas cherries and chocolate with some nice roastiness. Flavor of cherry and chocolate as expected. Thin mouthfeel.