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Drakes Port Barrel Imperial Stout Cherry

Drakes Port Barrel Imperial Stout Cherry
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 4.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Imperial stout aged in a Port barrel for four years with Bing cherries added for the last three years. With natural yeast (Brettanomyces) from the barrel and the fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Tasted at Triple Rock. Barrel aged 6 years. Black with a creamy light brown head. Big chocolate and cherry aroma. Tastes of port, cherry, citrus, and chocolate. Sticky palate. Tart dry finish with notes of cherry oak and vanilla. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
draft @ Brouwer’s Sour fest - jet black, oily thin with trace tan head; something worked much better here than with the blueberry version; had to be the slightly tart cherries and sweet chocolate; with the port barrel, it amounted to rich valentine’s day candy; a cherry soured imperial stout - how is this not in the ratebeer top 5!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s Seattle Beer Week Sour Fest. Pours black with a nice reddish tan head. Amazing smell/taste of bourbon, sour cherry, roasty malts, chocolate, and toffee. Had this on day 2- would have liked to try the blueberry too, but they were out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6731) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Black with a tan head. Nice roasty, chocolate aroma with wood and sour cherry. Smooth full body with light carbonation. Great flavor meshs black roasted malts with milk chocolate, tart cherry, with red wine and sour wet wood. Never thought I’d enjoy a soured up stout but this one was great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Draft for Brouwer’s Sour Festival. Nicely mellowed stout with tart cherry coming through in the taste & aroma. Moderate sweetness. A little smokey wood and plenty of roast. Smooth and drinkable. Probably the best "cherry stout" attempt I’ve tried yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Draft for Sourfest 2009 at Brouwer’s. Pours a solid dark black. Wonderful cherry aroma with floral hops undertones. Would’ve expected something a little more roasted, but this was good. There was a fantastic wood flavor with some nice rich malts, yet balanced very well with a sour cherry taste. A very complex beer with a little bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Draft at Brouwer’s Cafe’s Sourfest. Ahhhh...there’s a reason why chocolate and cherries are a classic combination, and why adding roasty flavors only turns them into more of a dessert. And this beer is that reason. Or at least it’s the beneficiary of that reason. Jet black with a dense, creamy, persistent burnt tan head. Big roasty smoky nose. Creamy medium body. Soft, well-placed carb. Tartness bites in right away, and that’s a very pleasant thing, actually. Big roasty notes with tartness and sweetness...like a big, smoky, liquid dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s for Sour Fest. Comes with a small tan head and a dark brown color. Aroma of toffee and cherries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Lovely aroma of cherries, molasses and malt. Deep, deep brown with a small tan head. Flavor of sour cherries, molasses and malt. I expected sweet and got sour; this was a nice surprise. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - FEB 9, 2009
The barrel really has an impact on this one. Even had a tiny piece of it at the bottom off the glass. The cherries are really background players for everything else that is going on. Broad sweeping bitterness either hides or blends with the cherries depending on how you call it. Crisp and mellow sourness. I prefer over the blueberry.

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