RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very confused flavors...is it a sweet stout or a cherry fruit beer or something else altogether. Even threw in a slightly smoky oak flavor, but they have so many other fine beers, why this one?
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This would have been good if they could have singled out some flavor or aromas here as this is something gone bad.the flavors are muddled with some cherry but the oak is hidden.
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer Train. Ruby-fringed deep brown-black pour, with a chocolate colored head. Aroma oa rich earthy dark chocolate blended evenly with fresh juicy cherries and some coconut. Flavor is much the same, but extremely well balanced. Especially compared to the Bourbon Barrel version. Apparently this has 1000 pounds of fresh Door County cherries, whereas the Bourbon Barrel had some quantity of Sour cherries. Big difference, as this is much, much better. The bitter, deep stout characterisitics fade a little and the oak tones really shine with the fresh cherry flavor. Very smooth and not overly alcoholic. Lacks much texture and depth beyond an even blend of chocolate, coffee, a drop of cream, and lucious dark cherries.