garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky dark brown, with a rapidly diminishing off-white head and a chocolate aroma. The taste is a tad odd, with the cherry flavor being present at the onset, bur with a big chocolate finish.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Pours brown, with an off white head that leaves pretty quickly. The beer is quite fragrant. It really does smell like chocolate covered cherries. I think it smells good. The flavor is cherries, cherries, semi-sweet chocolate covered cherries, cherries, and then a dry, cherry finish. This is not a complex beer, but it does have a a nice aroma, enjoyable, though simple, flavor , and a finish helped by the hops. The finish is not bitter by any means, but it is abrupt (this could be cloyingly sweet) and there are some floral notes from the hops. It would be a good dessert beer and, though it is basic, it is certainly not a horrible beer as some would have you believe. If you like holiday beers, other flavored beers, of even Dark Lord, you accept the fact that brewers add non-typical flavors to beer. This is the case in this beer. On another note, the O’Fallon Cherry Chocolate Ale creates a candy flavored, fragrant burp. When I finsihed, their were a few small blobs of what tasted to be a bitter baking chocolate. Interesting!
thegreenrooster (3533) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2004
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours brown out of the bottle. You can smell the cherries before you even hold it to your nose. The flavor is as advertised, cherries and chocolate. It kinda tastes like a yoohoo with cherry syrup in it. Who thought cherries and chocolate would be good in a beer? You can’t finish a bottle the taste is to awful.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle purchased in Moline, IL. I’ve heard that men do not like cherry flavor. Men like pumpkin and apple. Keep that in mind if you want a scented candle. Maybe the reason that the ratebeerians dismiss this ale is because it is so sweet and had a striking lack of hop flavor. It pours a murky brown (due to the generous amount of yeast in the bottle. I shall capture this and streak it on an agar plate so as to culture my own clone. The head is nice and hangs in there. The aroma smells like a Hershey bar, so maybe the chocholate elitists prefer semi-sweet. The cherry flavor is huge, so the combination is not unlike drinking a chocholate covered cherry squashed into your ale. definitely the most oil I’ve ever had in a beer and that would be the cocoa oil. really different, lighter than chocolate-cherry kijafa. Becomes much more aromatic (if you can believe it) upon warming. This is a must-smell ale for those who have a beer nose.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Like a cherry tootsie roll. Otherwise bland and quite boring. Kind of cherry cough drop aftertaste. Pale brownish.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Shakespeare Pizza in Columbia, Missouri. This is literally a Brach’s Cherry Cordial in a bottle, complete with the dark (not milk) chocolate and cherry syrup flavors. Very little of the underlying malt and/or hops character was evident. A clever concept but nothing more.
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
While the nose of this one was surprisingly strong, strange, and...unique, the flavor lacked in any real depth. A nice concept, but it needs further work to be very drinkable.
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2004
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Surprisingly light brown. Average to minimum head. Nose of tootsie roll and poopie. Tastes like chocolate cherries (duh!), but this is not what I want to taste in a beer. Teerible. Taste like poopie.
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Weird, disgusting first aroma. Baby diarrhea (mentioned by Legion242) seems a bit harsh but curiously accurate. Cocoa powder mixed with cherry flavor for a soda pop quality. Cream cherry soda flavors, childrens’ medicine. Light brown with white head. Some redeeming quality in the end.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2004 (Bottle) Pours a light brown body with an off-white head that dispates quickly. Smells like opening a cheap box of chocolate covered cherries that are sold during the Christmas holiday season. Taste of cheap chocolate and canned cherry pie filling. Not an enjoyable flavor for a beer.