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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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A hearty malt base is complemented by sweet cherry juice and cocoa nibs added during fermentation in this decadent take on a traditional porter. Notes of rich chocolate and a hint of cherry sweetness make this full-bodied porter the perfect treat to share now or the cellar until next Valentine’s Day.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1361) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bomber from Village Liquors in Franklin. Pours out jet black with a frothy tan head that settles to a nice lace. Aroma and flavors of chocolate and cherry. Smooth and very drinkable. Reminds me a lot of Three Philosophers, but a slightly thinner body and more pronounced chocolate-cherry flavors. Finish is of bittersweet cocoa.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Reddish brown color with aroma of cherry, chocolate, and roasted malt. Cherry flavor with chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (11026) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2014
Haand 2014. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is berries, roasted malt, coffee. Flavour is sweet, roasted malt, berries, sugar, hop, chocolate, coffee, alcohol. Full body. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (1327) - Røros, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2014
Black with a brownn head - Sweet malt body with hints of roasted malt - Sweet malt body with coffee, chcolata and some weak berry flavour - Good amlty finish - This was good

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (502) - - SEP 10, 2014
deep, dark brown color with ruby red highlights; aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, cherries, and alcohol; nice roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate and alcohol and just hints of cherry

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1584) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 7, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown, almost black, with some burgundy highlights and a one finger beige head. Some lace. Aroma is light chocolate and cherries. Its nice, but light. Flavor is sweet with chocolate notes and more cherry. Medium bodied. Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2014
Shared at Haand Festival 2014. Thick dark brown body with a lively light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt. Taste of licorice, cherry, coffee and alcohol. Taste feels weaker than expected, though the cherries add some interesting elements. 

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2767) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, lightly tart cherry, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, brown sugar, light coffee, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, cherry, and light-moderate yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, lightly tart cherry, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, brown sugar, light coffee, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cherry, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, brown sugar, light coffee, raisin, plum, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, cherry, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial English porter style. All around good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, cherry, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. I would have liked a bit more cherry presence; but as an general English imperial porter, it was very enjoyable overall.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (898) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Tao. Dark red brown pour. Malt, berries, fruit, soda (?), and oak. Soda like body. Light to medium body. Vanilla sweetness throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4591) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2014
This poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma of.dark chocolate and cola. Flavor was grape sodaish, list roast and chocolate. Hid the alcohol well thoigh

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2649) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle from pikapp327. Dark pour with a white head. Aroma is tons of chocolate and roast. Taste is lots of the same. Finish is cake!


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