jarlbartar (89) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark brown/reddish color with a small and quickly vanishing head. Aroma of cherries and smoke. Strong taste of cherries, malt, smoke. Dan Carey is a GOD!
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle
Latest in the Unplugged series. Pours a dark red, close to black. slightly pink head 1" in height. Extremely sharp smell of tart cherries. Very full in the mouth of Sour Cherries and vanilla. The big question, which I see has been brought up in previous reviews, should this be concidered a Stout? There wasn’t the roasted malt character I was expecting. It’s more of a dark fruit ale. If you have this not expecting a Stout profile, you won’t be disappounted.
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Strong cherry aroma, not much malt. Pours very dark with red highlights and a thin tan head. Taste is overwhelmed by cherry and carbonation, not a strong presence of stout. Stays on the palate - pairs very nicely with milk chocolate.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I see why this is a fruit beer and not a stout! Tons of cherry from the aroma to the finish. You can tell there is stout in there but the cherries dominate. The carbonation is nice- very minimal at first but develops on your tongue, which helps to bring out the different flavors well- from the sweet to the smoky, with hops and oak peeking through. Will be interesting to see how it ages. Very glad a kind soul got me a four pack.
jjkuck10 (66) - , Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a deep-rich cherry-red-brown with a light, mild head. Aroma is of roasted cherries and earthy notes. Taste is lightly sweet and with a sour kick. Lively carbonation. Overall very good beer.
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank this right after the Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock, which was unfortunate because it’s wonderful. The first thing the nose reminded me of was my great uncle’s old, sweet, musty books, which was joined by a vanilla-esque, sour cherry, sweet barnyard aroma. There was an initial, metallic flavor up front which disappeared on the next sip. Fruity body was consistent throughout and a light finish made this beer an easier than usual stout to drink. This beer is the perfect blend between the Belgian Red and the Raspberry Tart since it has the sweetness of the Belgian and the tart of the Raspberry. This is barely a stout and borders on a Fruit Beer. Definitely will purchase a four pack to hold onto for awhile. Much thanks to hezron for getting this from the brewery today.
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks to footbalm for the brew. Pours a nice, deep red almost mahagony color. Very little head and a few carbination bubbles. Very nice aroma. Rich cherries, malts and a touch of oak. Wow, what a flavor. Taste just like a bing cherrie. Sweet, with a little tart bite in the finish. Malts, and maybe a touch of licorice. Finish is very clean with a nice, little bitter reminder at the end. Tha alcohol is very well hidden. I could go for a few more of these.
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark ruby red pour with a very light brown head. Unfortunately, I think this beer smells like dried spit (bad) and red wine (good). The palate is sour and acidic. Feels and tastes like sparkling grape juice. I don’t get much of a stout feel but overall this is a good beer.
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow I really enjoyed this. Very dark redish brown, little head. Smells like a cherry coke with hint of dark chocolate. Smooth milk chocolatey in first sip, but finishes like fresh dark chocolate covered cherries.
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perhaps the fruit flavored stout I’ve had. Not as strong a fruit beer as the Belgian Red, or as a kriek, but you can definitely taste the cherries.
This would be a great beer to introduce someone to stouts. Not too much alchohol or bitterness, but still reasonably complex.