CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle from the Brown Jug, on Old Seward. Black in colorm with a decent head. Well, head is a bit wispy, but you know, it looks pretty good. A fruit beer? Hmmm....Iím not sure Iíd agree with that. Yes, cherris were added, and, yes, this is a cherry stout, but shit, how many other stouts dump fruit in their beer? Iím not sure, so, actually, maybe the person who entered this is correct. This beer has a funky canned-cherry aroma, with little to speak of in terms of roast, chocolate, or anything else that reminds me of drinkiní a stout. This beer doesnít do it for me at first, but it develops quite oddly, and over time. It starts out as this artificial amalgam of stuff that I canít describe, but then the roast, the subtle tartness/fruitiness from the cherries kick in, and then there is a long drawn-out flavor of roast and bitterness that hits the taste buds. Still, even after all of that, something seems off here. The carbonation gets in the way a wee-bit, and thereís something stopping this from coming all together, but hell, Iím in Anchorage, itís snowing, and Iím drinking this beer, so life is good. Decent, stuff, a few tweaks here and there should shimmy out the problems, one would hope. Plus, they should really watch the spelling of "desert". Also, before I go, the alcohol, per the bottle is 8.5%, but Iím too lazy to add that. Oh, and one more thing, the roast flavor is quite good, itís still sticking with me, and tastes solid.