rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed on tap at Sugar Maple in Bayview, Wisconsin. Pours a deep brown/black with a medium, lacy tan head. The smell was of unsweetened pie cherries and hot cocoa. The taste started off tasting like the pie cherries and then a touch of coffee with a cocoa nib finish. It was very smooth and balanced and not an overly heavy stout. There was some slight coffee bitterness and dryness on the end, but overall, very pleasing.
RobertDale (4554) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml. bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, fruit, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, cherries, coffee, and barrel. Nice one.
zoucrew102 (1012) - - NOV 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Rich chocolate malt aroma with tart cherry and oak notes. Pours black with a thin light brown head with excellent retention and good lacing. Starts with rich, slightly bitter dark chocolate malt flavors. Finishes quite smooth with tart cherry, oak and a little bit of vanilla in there as well. Nice tart stout.
dreamflower (712) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Aroma is super boozy. I get cherries and coffee and booze, it’s good. Appearance - milk chocolate coloured head. Super dark body. Tastes like booze-soaked cherries and coffee. I like it.
northropfrye (2913) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body, brown foamy bubbly head. Slightly tart, cocoa powder, yeasty aroma, dried fruit. Taste is roasty, bitter, but with a pleasant sour cherry note, as well. Creamy foamy palate. Overall, unique, and pleasant.
superspak (3750) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/21/2015. Listed as 11% on the label. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, cherry, raisin, prune, fig, molasses, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, cherries, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, cherry, raisin, prune, fig, molasses, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roast/char bitterness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, dark fruit, licorice, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, cherries, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and moderately sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged Belgian imperial stout style. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, cherries, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Craftbrewhaha (72) - - OCT 1, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This knocked my socks off (and my high heels)! Delicious Imperial Stout base, awesome cherry compliments, along with chocolate. Shared this with a friend and he immediately went out and bought 3 bottles!
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Black Bottle Brewery, listed at 11.0% ABV. Black appearance with a lingering brown head and light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, oak, chocolate, light cherry, earthy hops, molasses, licorice, light coffee, woody notes, light vanilla and a hint of Belgian yeast. Similar flavor, rich and complex with a lot of stuff going on. Full bodied with mild carbonation and a lingering finish. Good.
mages64 (66) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge aroma of wood, chocolate, and candied cherries. Mellow finish and smooth mouth feel. Sweet but not overbearing. Delicious and one I’d love to lay down.
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black velvety pour with a tightly packed latte head. Definitely get the Belgian yeast influence and the tart cherry addition. Cocoa, molasses, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt all present. Invisible alcohol. Not bad.
jonas (6301) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled in Champaign 11.2012.
Smoky cherry nose.
Dark red black, nice brown lace.
Full on cherry, chocolate roast and smoke.
Chewy body, mellow mouthfeel.