mcberko (11864) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, bonus’d by ekoerper (thanks Ed), pours a dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma screams truckloads of cherries - nothing artificial about them - smells like pure, fresh cherries, along with a touch of the oak barrels, though not very prominent. There isn’t really any notice that this is a stout. Flavour brings out potent cherries upfront, atop a more recognizable (than the nose) stout background. There is a thick malt backing that gives the cherries a big body to sit on top of, making it even more complex. Oak barrels round this off beautifully, but intensifying the complexity. This is truly superb. Cherry (or any fruit) stouts have never succeeded to impress me... until now. Most excellent stuff.
jcwattsrugger (11854) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle @Tampa Wkly Gathering @BT-pours a dissipating tan head and deep red/mahogany color. Aroma is spicy cherry, some medium malt. Taste is spicy cherry pie, secondary medium malt, wood. Doesn’t seem to get the stout over the cherry.
BeerandBlues2 (11659) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy cherry, light cookie and caramel malt with no hops. Flavor is heavy cherry, light chocolate malt with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, light warmth.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2012 12 ounce bottle courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks! Opened 6/7/10. Pours a orange-brown color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of candied cherries, a milky note and some brown malts. The taste is dominated by cherries, both fresh and candied, with a lightly roasty note and some nutty notes. Medium bodied and smooth. Cherry stouts are a style that do not agree with me at all, and this like all the others has a medicinal quality. That said, this is very good and if I liked the combination of roasted malts and cherries, I would love this one. 7/3/8/4/14
Had a bottle at CaptainCougar’s, shared by Captain Cougar. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of tart cherries, molasses, roasted malts and honey. The taste is tart cherries, faint roasted malts, honey. Medium bodied. Very, very nice. 9/3/8/4/18
Scopey (11346) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Colin.. It pours cloudy dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is roasty, toast, sweet cherry, red plum, prune and some tanginess. The taste is red grape, cherry, plum, light tartness, sherbet and sugar and sweetish finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Easy-drinking stuff. Alright.
madsberg (11248) - Sřborg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Distinct cherry aroma. Spices and fruits as well. Flaovur is spiced full of cherries and has light alcohol notes Has a light sour touch. Medium bodied. Ends on a sweet and spiced note. I like this brewery.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
black, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace,
rich sweet cherry aroma with lots of rich chocolate,
rich chocolate and cherry flavor, nice sweetness is balanced by a light cherry tartness, the tart cherry flavor grows as it warms with the rich chocolate providing a great background,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from guyinchicago. What a unique beer. Pours a reddish brown color with a very small head. Cherry candy on the nose with light hints of caramel and chocolate. Flavor is sweet chocolate covered cherries, with more cherry flavor than chocolate. Slight tartness creeps in. Very cool beer.
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Enemy (as part of his surprise, unsolicited box of beers!) - thanks! Pours a deep ruby red color with a smaller sized off white head. Where to start on the aromas! Aromas of oak, vanilla, light cherries, light chocolate, some smoke, and whisky. Nice and complex with something new every sniff I took. Everything blended and worked perfectly. Tastes of strong cherries with light oak, vanilla and chocolate. Sweet and tart. In my book, New Glarus is definitely on top when comes to fruit beers.
crossovert (10657) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown/black with a thin, quickly dissipating off-white head leaving no lacing.
It smells exactly like Wisconsin Belgian Red, no stout scent whatsoever. It is a nice sweet cherry pie scent with a hint of oak.
The taste brings in more stout flavors, this is chocolate covered black cherry beer. This is far from a conventional stout. It has some slight oaky notes as well. Not much tartness, mostly just sugar sweet cherries. It is almost like they just added 10% stout to a bottle of Wisconsin Belgian Red. Interesting.
I like it better than Bell’s take of the style. It is an immensely unique beer. It looks like a stout 100%, tastes like cherries 95%. Black cherry brew anyone?
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-10-2010 01:36:25