DrnkMcDermott (2717) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2003 Port Washington's brewmaster Jeff Kolar has relocated his operation to his own brewpub, Hops Haven Brew Haus in Sheboygan, and has renamed this as "Hops Haven Black Cherry Porter."
Draft. I thought this had a bit of a Smith Brothers cherry overdose at first, but then I‘ve just been fighting a cold with massive doses of Sucrets and cherry Cold-eeze. If you let the beer warm up a little, though, the cough syrup harshness mellows to a pleasing Black Cherry Shasta taste, which still lets the maltiness of the porter come through.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Hops Haven. Sweet, pronounced sugary, chewy aroma. opaque brown black with a thin. oily beige head. Mellow carbonation, some cough syrup tones. Mellow vanilla chocolate tones. OK.
thegreenrooster (2975) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is as advertised. Lots of chcolate and cherry. Flavor is a nice dark cherry mixed with a very thick dark chocolate. Reminded me of the cherry cordial’s you would get in the Whitman’s sampler. This was a very tasty beer and prob my fav at GTMW 2010.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on our Great Lakes beer tour. At the first sip, I was doubtful, but by the time I was finished, I was sold. Tastes like a dark chocolate-dipped cherry cordial. Aroma is cherries, roasted malt and hops.
esjaygee (3844) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Hops Haven Brew Haus. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate covered cherry, perhaps a chocolate covered black cherry. Funny the description says a hint of cherry but that’s pretty much all the aroma is. Somewhat of a let down when I get to tasting it, but this isn’t a very good brewery so it’s to be expected. Taste of choclate, cherry and dark malt. Over carbonated as are most of their beers.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A nice full bodied brew with plenty of flava. Tons of black cherry aroma hovering above the glass. pours a brownish black colour with a full brown head. semi rich, semi sweet. very smooth and rich on the palate.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty chocolate/coffee/toffee porter-like flavors mixed with sweet b;lack cherries. First few sips were fine, but I began to obsess with the notion that I was tasting a Smith Bros. cough drop in my beer. Not really a bad beer, yet not one I’d reorder.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark brown with a touch of rudy when held to the light. Medium dark beige head. Aromas quite similar to the Old Port with dark malt and chocolate, but with a hint of cherry. Dark cherry flavors, akin to kool-aid, mixed with a porter do sum up the start. The later parts have a bitter cherry pit, medicinal quality. Old fashion cough syrup meet porter type brew.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Hops Haven brewpub in Sheboygan, WI. Pours a dark cola caramel colored brew with a light tan head. Some spotty lacing. Aroma of black cherry, a slight chocolate and nutty character. Taste is thick full bodied with more black cherry flavor than chocolate roasted malt. Finish is sweet with little hop bite but a cherry aftertaste. An interesting fruit porter and could see this marketed as a terrific Christmas porter.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hops Haven. This was the star of the evening... Poured a clear, deep brown with garnet highlights and a medium beige head. Nose was primarily of black cherry skins with dark roasted chocolate malts in the background. Cherries were dominant in the flavor, too.. which turned out brilliantly... deeply-roasted dark chocolate and coffee bitterness were very supportive.. tangy black cherry finish lasted for a while. At least medium-bodied on the palate.. grainy at times, but still felt good. I would love to see more brewers use these cherries.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed at Great Taste of the Midwest. Black body with tan head. Nose bursting with sweet cherry/chocolate aroma. Very impressive aroma. The taste was a slight step back from the nose, but still pretty damn decent. Roasted malts and toffee to the forefront, subdued raspberries as well. There was a slight aftertaste of stickly sweet cherry flavoring, but it’s a small price to pay for an otherwise nice porter.