spbays (11) - alpena, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth texture in the mouth with a hint of the famous tart Travers City cherry. A very solid mix of chocolatey and cherry makes this a fantastic choice for new pallets or as a dessert choice.
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz stubby bottle. Thanks Sean! Hearty, warming fireside brown character, with a twang of fruit acid. Flavors are solid and reliable, with a brown porter base showing of a gentle and balanced light cherry nod in the finish. A bitter cherry pit snaps off the palate. Crisp and rich for 5%. Nice work integrating porter and cherry without getting out of hand in any of the typical dimensions for trouble with a beer like this.
574deadzone (1088) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask with lunch at North Peak. My server said that there was some Makers Mark involved with it too, but not sure in what capacity (don’t believe it’s barrel aged or anything). Pitch black pour with a thick mocha head. Deep sweet fruitiness with some toasty sweet malt and just a touch of the bourbon. Sweet mostly but a touch tart with some bitterness in there. Softer palate, oily, with a roasty finish. Nice beer, enjoyable.
jtw (1111) - 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.
shadey (1911) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the cafe in Ann Arbor. According to the rep, this is another creation of Ron Jefferies. A nice glossy black pour with a diminishing head of tan cream. The aroma is mild sour cherries along with the standard stout roastiness. A very approachable cherry stout, easy to drink in large quantities. The flavors blend well together, with the sour cherry notes accenting the beer, not dominating.
DrSilverworm (6942) - 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.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in Mentor (OH)
The change in draft handles at Melt meant my first choice was gone by the time I ordered. This was a reasonable fallback during Happy Hour. It could be a bit more fruity but overall I have tried worse porters. On the whole it is just slightly below average but typical of a North Peak release.
Aroma / Appearance - A rusty mahogany base is the color of dissolved nails. A crisp white head brightens the tone along with the scent of nutty cedar. The emphasis is more on almonds and peanuts than cherries. If one closes their eyes it is almost like being in an old bookshop surrounded by slowing dying novels.
Flavor / Palate - A pleasing malty base glows on the tongue and into the throat. The combination of chocolate and cherry tickles the senses. It is enough to provide a tease although I feel there could be more depth. A middle of the road beer makes a worthwhile beer to start a session. However it is not so great that I would then actively seek out another with so many other choices.
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011-11-12. Dark red tinged brown body, small tan head. 3+ Flavour is tart fruity cherry cherry over muted porter base, mild roasty touches. Bit muddled but pleasant. 6+ Mild aroma, mild fruit over very mild porter character. Smooth average plus bodied palate. 3+ Mild overall, but nice. On tap at Jolly Pumpkin Cafe, Ann Arbor
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at JP in Ann Arbor. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of cherries, lighter roast, and some chocolate. Although thinner, I found this quite drinkable and enjoyable.
pottygok (486) - 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.