deyholla (7710) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler pour at the brewery. Pours near black with a a light brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma is full of sweet cherries and graham cracker with hints of creamy sweet grains and chocolate underlying. Flavor has sweet cherries and cookies/graham cracker throughout with hints of dark choclate and dark grains in the finish.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had at the 2013 St. Paul Summer Beer Fest, Smells like cheesecake jello, very sweet, taste is some crust and more like butterscotch
arminjewell (8471) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour on tap at Winterfest 2012, pour is dark brownish red with a nice off white head. Aroma is insanely close to cherry-chocolate cheesecake, with everything from the sweet cherry and milk chocolate notes to the cream cheese (how?), graham cracker, and slight whipped cream notes. Taste is not quite as amazing, but still manages to capture the nice graham cracker and slight sweet sugary cheese, touches of chocolate but mostly cherry, hints of caramel and toffee come through more, finishing pretty sweet.
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 sampled at Winterfest 2012. Pours brown black with little khaki head that fades to thin collar. Aroma is by far the best part of this brew, rich sweet cheesecake and cherries chocolate. Taste is more malt and roasted chocolate with a dry bitter finish. Palate is medium to full with a slick dry finish.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cheesecake.... but in beer form! fantastic aroma, but a mediocre flavor. Definitely worth a shot.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Minnesota Winterfest 2012. Black color with a small head. Massive cherry cheesecake aroma. The aroma and flavor both have a sweet, sugariness, with garahm cracker and sweet cherry.
LilBeerDoctor (3512) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate (like chocolate cake), hint of black cherry. Flavor of chocolate with a roasted/charred finish. There is a hint of cheesecake but you have to search for it. A hint of cherry too. It was ok, but a little disappointing given the name.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Pours dark brown with out much of a head. Aroma of dry roasted malt, charred wood, and a bit of bittersweet baking chocolate. Light bodied and dry, this beer has some notes of dark cherries in the body with some chocolate, but not much in the department of cheesecake. Wish there was more of that. Kinda thin for cygnus with a roasty finish. Nice infusion, but not my favorite.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared by mtjoseph. Pour is deep, dark brown with some small mahogany highlights. A small off white head was present for a few moments. Big roasty aroma that isn’t too far off from regular cygnus. Flavor has a slight bit of graham cracker, roast coffee, some bitter dark chocolate. A small amount of cherry comes through towards the finish. Slightly richer than regular cygnus. Pretty good, but definitely not as good as many of the other cygnus variants I’ve had.
DalzAle (2003) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler sample at the brewery. Dark brown pour, minimal carbonation and an aroma of roasted malt and a hint of natural cherry. Flavor was the usual Cygnus base, but tuned up with some mellow chocolate and barely noticeable dark cherry and some subtle sweetness on the finish. Very good beer, but I was hoping to get more of the cheese cake type flavor (and it just wasn’t there.)