RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee/chocolate notes predominate with a slippery smooth oatmeal body and velvety finish. The tart cherries add a sour highlight to an otherwise fairly standard oatmeal stout.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
pour chocolate color, tan head. a bit of fruit and leather in aroma. chocolate cherries with a hint of sourness dominate the flavor. finishes sour and bitter. i tried it, what do you want of me?
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Flossmoor Station. Pours a blackish hue with a nice tan head that sticks to its guns. Aroma was very similiar to the Iron Horse: Dark malts, chocolate, but with the addition of cherry aromas. Initial taste is very similiar with the back end being dominated by the tart cherry. This beer was a little backwards as it got harder to drink as it went on (The sweetness was a tad overbearing eventually). But, that doesnít detract from itís attractiveness. A very good beer, albeit, a rough sessioner.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Flossmoor Station and served in a shaker. This stout poured an almost opaque black with a long lasting head of dark tan foam. A nice amount of thick, spiderweb lacing coated the inside of the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of lightly charred malts, chocolate, and sweet notes of cherry. The flavor consisted of light coffee and chocolate, and a heavy dose of sugary cherries. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and sticky with light carbonation. Pretty decent, but the sweetness of the cherries started to overwhelm the beer towards the bottom of the glass.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good looking stout with a think tan head. Light aroma with hints of cherry and chocolate. I thought it was a good solid stout, but the cherry flavor was a little too much. I thought the beer was actually a little too sweet at first. Still pretty well done though.
railcat1 (685) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap ,this was a good stout but a little overwhelming with the cherries but overall a nice and different type stout then i am use to.CHEERS!
BBB63 (5966) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: Nearly opaque with a small but lasting tan head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate, toast, slight charred malt, herbs and a hint of cherry. The taste however is different with the cherry much more forward in wonderful balance with the stout characteristics. The finish is slightly bitter and medicinal. The mouth feel is sharp and refreshing. All in all I really liked this once I adjusted to the cherry notes and the slight note of Chlorophenols. I would have again.
ElGaucho (2194) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at brewpub. Standard stout aroma. Opaque brown body with excellent lace like most FS brews. Sweet cherry flavor with a somewhat sour finish. Very holidayish. Has some chocolate notes, but not enough to suggest the cherry flavored chocolates you sometimes get in a Whitmanís sampler. A little cloying. Not bad, not great. Better than I anticipated considering comments regarding itís sourness.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a rather quick, oily-brown/mocha head over a deeply hued, caramel/coffee-brown/black body. Cherry strikes tartly in the aroma over coffee roasts, dark fruit and chocolate malted milk. Fruitiness dominates the flavor at first, leading quickly to a bitter roast wash and finishing like cherry cough syrup as the alcohol hits. Chocolate notes come out as I continue, but the cherry keeps washing over and lingering with that NyQuil essence. More than two pints becomes a bit much, but I wonít mind pouring another pint or two tomorrow.
And, I just have to say... I think this is the first gift-beer Iíve ever received (from a friend who wasnít a beer geek) that I actually wanted to try!
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DrnkMcDermott (2782) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in Weizen glass for "Big Beer Monday." Black hourglass shape in glass, with an inch-high stand of chocolate whip foam. Intriguing cherry smell. Taste is immediately warming. Cherries, of course, but only slightly tart. Wrapped around it is some sweet chocolate and a bot of coffee malt. The fruit character has pushed away the usual smoothness of its oatmeal stout base. More of a fruit beer than a stout, but with enough malts to actually stand up to the cherries; not an easy thing for most beers.