atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at March Indy RB gathering. Umm, yummy. Really not what I was expecting, but quite nice despite that. Pours like a nice dark stout as would be expected. Black with a tan head. From that point on though, it really doesnít match up as a stout. The aroma is largely a sweet and slightly tart cherry with malt hints underneath. I was expecting more roasted malt in the aroma but the sweet cherry took control. The flavor was where I was most surprised. It was full of the same jammy sweet but somewhat tart cherry flavors that the NG Belgian Red brings. After taking a little time to reset due to the surprise in flavor I did notice mild malt beneath the powerful cherry experience. A unique and plesantly surprising experience.
cfrancis (2456) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to a BIF box of years past. Pours cola black with a think fizzy white top that quickly disappears. Aroma is sweet cherry, a little tart but mostly sweetness. Taste is again very tart like a cherry juice but backed with the complexity of a stout, the roasted malts and oak dryness just add amazingness to this beer. Want more.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"more tart cherries than the Bellís version, which i also like. just depends what youíre in the mood for i guess. not a lot of stout qualities come through in this thinnish dark brown ale. just a touch of chocolate and roasted malt after the tasty intense cherry flavors. i like it about the same as Bells, but itís a totally different brew. this is a very nice cherry beer w/a side of stout, while Bellís is a stout w/a side of cherries"
bhensonb (11368) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle as Unplugged from Bu11zeye. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is extreme cherry. Tad sour. Med body. Flavor is very red cherry with sugar and tartness. Touch of oak . Finishes very, very cherry. Nice stuff
marcus (6680) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a tiny beige head and a strong cherry aroma. There is a mellow cherry flavor, the Great Lakes version of Schaarbeekse, with a hint of oak. Very nice.
oRos (1155) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours cola with white head. Big cherry aroma. Taste is great roasted malts with sour cherrys. Mellow clean taste amazing stuff.
BiiruBierBeer (214) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Heavy cherry smell. Tastes like Belgian Red mixed with a bit of nice stout that gives it a bit of a chocolate covered cherry taste. This beer is absolutely delicious in every way. Itís a shame that this is a Thumbprint rather than an annual release since I would absolutely love to have as much of this as possible.
ccex (944) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brat Stop, Kenosha, WI. Pours a clear dark red with small pink head. Aroma is predominantly dark cherries, with a touch of sweet chocolate. This tastes more like cherry soda than a beer, but is interesting nonetheless. Body is medium with average carbonation and a soft palate.
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: big burst of cherries, a touch on the medicinal (cherry cough syrup) side, dark malts, cocoa.
Appearance: dark brown / ruby color, good clarity, big khaki head dissipates to a ring fairly quickly.
Taste: lots of cherries, lightly acidic, low bitterness, light hints of cocoa and dark malts. Not much in the way of stout character, but a nice fruit beer.
Palate: medium body and carbonation.
Overall: a nice fruit beer, pleasant acidity.
baraciisch (1969) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with reddish tint... Aroma is cherry candy, chocolate covered... Flavor is chocolate cherries, roasted malts, blue cheese fullness and sharpness... Amazing
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harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve been interested in this for years.
Pours a dark cherry with brown tones - like not a stout. Some surface light tan foam. Smells like cherries, wood, some charcoal and cola. Flavor is cherry with some cola flavors, a bit of cocoa, some wood and some raisin. Medium, thin syrup bodied with light on moderate carb. I was interested, then disappointed, now actually quite enjoying this one. I would like it alongside a dark chocolate brownie.
Serving type: bottle