Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 On tap @ Volo, Toronto
2007 Version , fresh cask. Pours brown with good top.
Felt much richer than old 06 version . Plenty of chocolate, roasted malts less so cherry.
Old: Sweet brown malts dominate this scene, hint of euro continental hops behind.
Full , matured dark ale. Good , full bodied . For Starbucks lovers think of Raspberry Mocha but with cherry accents. Great improvement vs. batch one. Good brew.
Clean slightly vinous . Pleasant, neat woody bitter touches. Late fruit finish. Brewmasters excellence and detail oriented techniques are well shown. Almost perfect as dunkel goes just a bit boring / mainstream .
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of hogtownharry. Pours muddy brown with a tan head. Smells of light cherries, some sweet malt. Tastes of artificial sweet cherries, some cocoa, some earthiness. T was hoping for some more intensity from the cherries, but this is nice. Some caramel on the finish.
douglas88 (6247) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Matt7215 hooked my up with this beer. Pours black with a medium beige head. The aroma is mostly coffee and light malts. The taste was really quite nice; smooth roasted malts, rich coffee and chocolate, vanilla, and light cherries. A very nice and smooth body, sweet finish. Very enjoyable.
blankboy (6197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with an average size light brown frothy head. With a bit more head I would have given it a 5 for appearance. Aroma of chocolate, espresso, roasted malts and, of course, cherry. Smells delightful. Flavour is roasted coffee, chocolate, a touch of cherry and a nice amount of hops. Thankfully it’s all very well balanced and it’s not too sweet. This is a very good stout, kudos to Black Oak.
HogTownHarry (6127) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (341ml) I believe I am indebted to jerc for this one - thank you!. Pours motor-oil dark (good start!), thin, bubbly mocha head, some lacing. Aroma of espresso, burnt malt, dark chocolate, a little hop bitterness and light cherry hovering. Very full-bodied, creamy and oily in the mouth, a metallic tang on the taster, quite bitter, but still that 80% cocoa flavour, coffee, and a vague hint of cherry. Strong - alcohol grabs you on the linger. Apart from that metallic tang, a lovely stout and I’ll beg for more next time around. Wassail!
blutt59 (6028) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, black brown color with tan foam, the cherries and chocolate come through pretty well in this , cherry pits on finish
Mora2000 (5834) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of very bitter chocolate with some roasted malt and a bit of cherry. The flavor is bitter cocoa, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[439-20070725] 355mL (c/o tuqueboy, w/ him, jerc). Super chocolate malt aroma. Clear dark black brown body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Malt flavour is lightly sour or tart with some chocolate and cherry notes. Full body is a little watery. Annoying initial sourness fades nicely.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours a dark bruin body with a tan head. Dry and roast y body upfront then relaxes with chocolate sweetness, light minerals and a hint of sweet fudge. Cherries are pretty subdued with just a hint of fruit sweetenss and a light drying body. Pretty good.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to Oakes. Dark black-brown-red with aromas of Black Forest Cake. Soft body, nice cakey flavors. Good stuff, they either nailed it or named it well.