ContemplateBeer (1972) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 15, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma of bitter chocolate, cherry, caramel and molasses. Appearance is murky dark brown with bone head. Flavor of light cherry and bitter chocolate that finishes with caramel and coffee. Palate is bubbly with a thin body. Alright; not bad, but not one I will look to repeat.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
out of the 12 oz stubby bottle, it pours a brown mostly clear liquid with minimal head and lacing. slight ruby/cherrry tint but the color doesn’t appear too much altered by the presence of cherry juice. aroma is richly chocolate, roast, and tart cherry, with more hops presence than i expected. smooth and porterlike, with a touch of acidity on the dry finish. enjoyable but not exquisite. i appreciate the touch of Michigan cherries in a local brew, but it’s otherwise not an exceptional beer.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Nearly pitch black color with a cherry-red hue, minimal offwhite khaki head. Looks like a decent-looking cherry porter. Pretty good cherry sweet taste in the balanced dark chocolate aroma. Light, drinkable, not too carbonated, and a great sweet fruit taste. This porter meets expectations. A nice change of pace.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, metalic pine and a little chocolate. Very dark redish brown with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is medium sweet and bitter. Palate is medium bodied and watery soft. Overall a below average brew.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a rusty brown color with a small off white head. Light cherry, nutty aroma. Medicinal flavor, with hints of ripe fruit and a sharp, bitter finish. Well carbonated with dry texture. Billed as a porter...Really? This feels more like a fruit ale. Whatever the style its still a big disappointment.
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle... medium brown with a light tan head, a finger cap lingers as does really nice lace... the aroma is a bit dead, a touch of cherry, vanilla, a faint bit of chocolate on the back, not enough going on, the supposed flavors should be bursting... generic bitter coffee, vanilla, candy cherries, herbal, not a good combo
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Caramel and nuts, with hints of roasted malts on the edges.
Appearance: Dark, dark amber with a nice, tan head.
Taste: Light sourness on the bottom with a slight sweetness on top.
Palate: Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation, dry finish.
Overall: Meh...it’s drinkable, and certainly not wretched, but also not memorable or standout. I wouldn’t pass this up, but I certainly wouldn’t seek it out again.
strongpieman (1647) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Medium brown, clear, thin head. Complex aroma... Cherry, chocolate and roasted. Medium body, a little light for a porter. Finish is a little astringent. A decent porter, but noe to run to.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[4106-20111112] Tap. Window washer fluid aroma ha a bit of a muted grainy pillow. Clear, dark amber cola body with a quick foamy off-white head. Light sour toast flavour has a little grain and caramel hints. Medium body. Good. (6/3/6/3/14) 3.2
(@ Jolly Pumpkin brewpub, Ann Arbor, MI)
BelgianBeerGal (3716) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Local Belmont stubi bottle. Cute bottle and classic labeling...now for the beer. Really it was kinda pedestrian. You really had to focus to find the cherry and fruit notes. The porter base was a little thin but okay. Fine I suppose but I was hoping for more.