FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a two-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, chocolate brown color that shows an opaque, but concentrated, browned, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has quite a bit of dark fruit to it with notes of caramelized raisin, some fig, and definite prune, but this is mixed in with an earthy, rich maltiness that provides a toasted whole grain edge to the fruit. There is a nuttiness that is brought out by the malt, and perhaps a touch of oxidation. As the beer warms up some cherry notes start to come through, and perhaps a bit of dusty cocoa.
The beer has a light sweetness to it up front that is accentuated and becomes a bit more as the beer flows across the tongue. Flavors of caramelized cherries, brown sugar, sweet brown bread, lots of raisin and prune like notes, some earthy toasted / roasted grain notes, and perhaps a touch of chocolate flavors are all pretty easy to notice. There is a light tartness to it (normal yeast character though), that boosts the fruit character a bit. The beer is quite light bodied and quaffable, but still has enough viscosity to sit lightly on the palate after each sip; the carbonation is a touch prickly, lends a bit of a soft carbonic bite, but is not aggressive. Nice toasted nutty notes, caramelized brown bread toasted character, some sherry character (both nut and fruit), some light toasted grain chalky notes.
I have no idea how old this is, I recently purchased it, and it is their older style labels, but it seems like it might have aged for a couple years. This has held up pretty well, regardless of the time, and is still pretty tasty. The chocolate doesn’t play too much of a role, did it ever?, and the cherry notes are dominated now more by prune and raisin notes, but neither of those things are a bad thing.
mike5326 (907) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a good bottle. Dark caramel brown color, large tan frothy head, medium lacing. Aroma is a Heavy malt smell with cherry accents. Malt and chocolate flavor with a slight tart.
troupos40 (67) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Smells of chocolate, and malt. A phenomenal porter, tastes of chocolate. Overall a very nice offering.
mikedR (1209) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just beautiful. Belgian yeast zing, over a chocolatey porter base with an infusion of cherries. Flavor-wise, the chocolate and the cherries harmonize perfectly, and are just on the more pronounced side of subtle in effect. Not a sweet beer, but instead quite nuanced. The Belgian angle is icing on the cake. Recommended! A-
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ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the glass it is dark brown with a large head. Aroma is kind of earthy with a hint of chocolate. Taste is rather tart with a hint of cherries and cocoa. Nice finish.
rxeight (1310) - Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very european porter. Slight belgian yeast, but has that earthy british malt. Not a huge fan.
akoeninger (429) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black brew with tan head. Really a lovely chocolate stout mixed with a solid Belgian ale with cherries. Great chocolate and dry hop taste. Very complex. Not overly sweet.
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Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A roasted chocolaty stout meets a lively Belgian ale with light cherry notes.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed a few months after purchase.
The look: Opens with a very loud pop, no gushing, then pours a lack body topped by a large tan head with good retention.
In long: Nose is cacao powder over burnt toasts. In mouth the beer is extremely lively, expansive carbonation pushing the highly roasted malts in all corners of the mouth. Dry cacao powder, strong Belgian yeast presence (even with all that roast and cacao), notes of sweet cherries, a sip of milk-chocolate, a certain peppery spiciness, a slice of black forest cake. Finish brings a coal and/or chalky mouth drying sensation. I can’t say I picked up any of the tart cherries advertised in the description. Very easy to drink, this was a rather fun beer, a roasted chocolaty stout with the lively body of a Belgian ale. This is a fun beer I’ll buy again, and to all the ratebeer people I know, let’s get our story straight, if my wife ever ask any of you how much craft beer cost, tell her a full case is just under $5.
Beerenberger (1442) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chocolate, cherries, and dark fruit greet the nose. Pours a solid brown with a mostly diminishing tan head and minimal lacing. The taste is malt froward but complex. Roasted malts, chocolate, cherries, raisins, and caramel. Full body with medium carbonation. Oveall, complex and very enjoyable. A beer to be savored not quaffed.
fakebeersnob (151) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was poured dark brown with a small tan head. Leaves residue at the bottom of the glass. Though definitely chocolate, it did have a smooth sweetness to it, but gratefully not too sweet. Though talking more than concentrating on mouth feel and flavor, I believe I got hints of cherry tartness. Overall an enjoyable beer, but at the pricing point it is at, there are other beers I would always grab first.