markwise (5085) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to hoppymeal for getting this one off my wants list. Pours dark red-brown with an off-white head. Nose is bourbon, booze, cherry, vanilla, tartness, and some roasty malt. Flavor is roasted malts, cherry tartness, vanilla, booze, bourbon, and sweetness. Medium-bodied and very enjoyable.Not as bourbony as Bell’s BB Cherry, and not as tart as a regular cherry stout. Very nice, interesting beer.
mrjaxson (450) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Central Waters was scooping 80 pounds of Door County cherries into the barrel four years ago when this edition was created. As a result, it smells and tastes a lot like, well, cherries. Surprisingly light weight for a barrel-aged stout. Still nicely tart. Quite yummy. Wish I had a few more hiding in the beer fridge. Bottled Jan 2012 and consumed Jan 2016.
ChrisSc (463) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 2014 into tulip. Minneapolis.
Overall, decent. Hard to tell this is barrel aged. Missing the typical CW barrel aged aroma. I’m not sure about the style. The cherry seems to a clash a little with the barrel notes. Definitely my least favorite of the CW bourbon barrel beers. Would be better if made with Michigan cherries.
alexsdad06 (8251) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle sampled for the first time at DLD from notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had quite a bit of dark, tart cherries, roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, hints of wood, some vanilla, this was something new to me back in 07 when I had it the first time, so I would have rated it higher, subsequent tastings found it to be very good, but not like the first time, solid enough though.
koleminer20 (1857) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From notes. Enjoyed at the Great Taste of the Midwest on August 08. This one has little hope. Ugh. The pour is a medium brown with a larger light tan head and a decent lace. The aroma is all cherry. I would have loved to get some malt, dark fruit, or even a little licorice. There is no barrel, no discernible oak or vanilla. It’s bad. The flavor mimics this. There is nothing in here but cherries. I feel like it’s brown cherry juice. Blah. Not for a stout. The mouth feel is thin and sharp with a light, spritzy carbonation and a lingeringly tart finish. This thing is just something else. And not a good something.
Bierridder_S (599) - BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22/08/2015 – sample (bottle) @ Gents Bierfestival thanks to Martinus & 77ships for sharing.
Dark colour with nice tanned head. Aroma is amazing : cherries, vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon, taste is the same adding chocolate, some oak. Amazing beer. Never thought I would love something like this.
furthur (761) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, deep brown body, little head dissapeared. Aroma is molasses, dried plum, coffee, bourbon. Taste is cherries, dried plums, oak, coffee, anise. Finish is sour cherries. Palate is quite rich, carbonation moderate.
77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Joint bottle with Martinus. Obtained in a trade with sfr26. Thx! 1/3 of a 355 ml. bottle. Very dark brown. Nose is seriously tart cherry, giving it a vinous feel, candy, sugar, bourbon, oak, chocolate,… Taste is tart cherry mixed with bourbon lightly vinous with oak, chocolate, bourbon, warming, rich, lower carbonation, very interesting & enjoyable. Lower carbonation. Light sour finish. JorisPPattyn makes a comparison to Mon Chérie in his review, I can see that. Interesting & quite lovely.
JorisPPattyn (9134) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small cream-coloured head over deepbrown to Armenian brandy-coloured beer. Red fruit, alcohol, Bourbon, vanilla, fusels - superb. Vanilla, cherries, lightly sourish, chocolate as in finest pralines, with cherry - Mon Chérie in a squared way. Sourish, acidity just alleviating the monstrous body, alcoholeheat². This brewery is utterly amazing. Many thanks to Eugene and Tinus for sharing!
Martinus (4354) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown colour, beige head. Aroma of cherry, vanilla, roasted malts. Sweet malty flavour, cherry, sour cherry, chocolate. Rather fizzy. Quite sour finish, malts. Thanks for handeling the trade, Eugene!
(From 35.5cL bottle shared with 77ships @ Gents Bier Festival 2015)
ebone1988 (1027) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2015 Sample at Great Taste of the Midwest. Aroma is light, cherries, roasted malt. Appearance is brown, light brown head. Taste is tart cherries, not much else. Mouthfeel is light, harsh, not good. Overall, not good.