Scopey (10026) - 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 Bruceís, 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.
crossovert (9984) - 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 Bellís 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
Sammy (9981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2012 More cherry than stout, and good deal of sourness in finish. Reddish tinge to black stout, pinkish foam. Good amount of lace. Well carbonated and a tongue numbing, very drinkable as long as you like the sourness. Barrel woodiness mid sip satisfying cherry aftertaste. Thanks Flyingbison. Upgraded it with a two-year aged version consumed 5 years later.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
355mL courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours a clear deep amber with a thin, yet persistent off-white head. Excellent spotty to near sheety lace. Not quite a stout body so I agree with the Fruit Beer category. Aroma at first is cherry Sucrets, coughdrops, Chloroseptic lozenges. As it warms, the powerful black cherries emerge without off character- robust, sweet. Like Dr. Browns Black Cherry Soda. Taste and body is beautiful- soft, tart finish, quick lactic sour that is zippy and quick on the palate. Full, creamy, buttery, meaty body almost like the NG Old English Porter. Really beautiful all around.
DrSilverworm (9098) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2015 12oz bottle, shared by alexsdad06. Clear dark brown color, sort of a light color for a "stout". Bubbly off-white / khaki head. Couple dots of lace. Mostly minimal. Awesome, huge cherry aroma. From the nose and appearance I can already tell that this is definitely more fruit beer than stout. Medium body. Light carbonation. Lightly viscous, but no stickiness in the finish. Lightly tart, light oaky sweet taste. Some very light chocolate in the finish. Tasty treat that Iím happy for the chance to try, but it definitely feels past itís prime (brad said it was probably a couple years old). The nose held up just fine though, very great aroma. 8/3/6/3/14
Update note, 11/9/15: 12oz bottle, 2007 label, thanks to shigadeyo for sharing. Yeah, pretty much tastes just as I remember. Not changing any scores here, just checking in to say so. Touch of cheese, along with the big cherry. Craig asserts that side by side with aged Belgian Red, most people would be hardly able to tell a difference. I think I agree.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour. The nose is loaded with bright cherry aroma. Nice mix of spicy pits as well as sweeter flesh. There is a faint touch of cocoa to suggest that itís a stout, but if I was blindfolded - Iím not sure I would have picked it out. Stlll - despite the sweetness and fruitiness it is a very well-made brew. Itís like an un-tart Belgian Red.
deyholla (8870) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to someone but I forgot. Poured a very dark red with opaque edges and an off-white head that laces slightly. Aroma is full of cherries both sweet and tart with a hint of oak. Flavor is similar with sweet cherries becoming more tart and quite smooth. I really didnít pick up much of any stout resemblance but it was an enjoyable as a fruit beer.
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish black with off white head that dissipates quickly, aroma is a huge tart chocolate covered cherry. Taste is a bit thin, but has a nice cherry sour taste that leads into sweet candi sugar and chocolate and finishes sweet. Definitely an outstanding version of a cherry stout, would love to have this year round!
3fourths (8799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a 12oz bottle softly poured into my glass, producing close to no head. The body is a dark red and brown color. Chocolate and cherries abound in the nose, with some sweet amaretto scents as well. Very sweet, with some strange oily, moderately-thick flavors of cherries and oak. Reminds me of an old ale. Some cinnamon in the nose noticed when it warms slightly. Palate is cola-like, my primary complaint over this beer. Otherwise itís solid.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Ohio Dad for this one. The pour was a great ruby blackish color tan head. It poured like a dark merlot. The aroma was hugely krieky, with roasty dark malt, berries, merlot, and some hops and slight florals. The taste was very tart and krieky, with a solid roasty malt backbone, and even raspberries and cacao in the finish. Velvety, complex palate. Wonderful, as I would expect from thsi world class brewer.