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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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This special release is brewed just for the holidays. For a new approach to a classic favorite, we added cherries to our traditional Chocolate Bock for a sweet, slightly tart note. Aged on a bed of dark cocoa nibs, the malty, chocolaty, and dark fruit flavors create a rich, complex beer perfect for winter. Cheers!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (6665) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Draft at Tellerís, served in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy brown with a small beige head that vanishes by the midway point. Aroma of cherry, chocolate, nuts, earth, and toasted sugar. Initial flavor of cherry, with a muddled chocolate, earth, and metallic middle, and a surprisingly nice sweet toasty malt finish. Over time it warms into a chocolate covered cherry flavor, more even. Light-medium bodied, with modest carbonation and a gritty, sweet, initially metallic mouthfeel. Odd.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dredmond (176) - Long Island, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2011
dark appearance, oily pour, drank from pint cup, cherry and chocolate notes blend well together, good compliment, neither one overpowers the other

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (5038) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Draft at global brew. Very dark and clear with some red. A nice one finger tan head. Both the aroma and flavor chocolate first and then cherries. It is uncomplicated but nice. A creamy rich feel. This is one of those beers that would make a nice gateway into craft.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2011
On tap at Grapevine. Pours out a brownish red color with a tan head on it. Smell is mostly cherry with a little bit of chocolate in the finish. Taste is sweet - too sweet - with a load of cherries and chocolate mixed together. No hop / alcohol noted. Interesting concept, but too sweet for my tastes. Smells and looks awesome. Drinks.....not so much.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8771) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Draft. Pours black with light brown head. Nose/taste of cherry cordial, cheap cocktail cherries and light cocoa. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yackery (156) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Pint draught. After a nice display, the head dissolves to thin brown sand covering most of the center with a drift ring around the glass leaving some frosty lacing over a dark red body some shades lighter than opaque. Aroma is cherry bomb with some apple and vanilla chocolate notes. Taste delivers strong chocolate and cherry cough syrup. Taste is masked by the aroma, but thatís all good. But the taste is sweet. Palate is creamy and full. Overall enjoyable as a cherry soda and minus points for slight cloyishness.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ESBob (358) - Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2011
On tap. Poured a dark brown to nearly black. Very slight head. Chocolate cherry aroma and taste, cordial cherry, as opposed to marachino. A bit watery on tongue. Decent beer, a bit sessionable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
unclemattie (4248) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Tap @ TacoMac, Johnís Creek. 11oz pour. Black, thin tan head, legs. Tastes like black cherry cola with a hint of burnt malt. Wild cherry lifesaver smell. An ok session.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
vtafro (3692) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Draft. Black pour no head. Cherry dominated aroma, almost medicinal in character. Some lighter chocolate, covered by artificially sweetened and medicinal cherry tones. Ugh.

1.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Nickls (1879) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Tap. Cola brown with a light tan head. Some chocolate and cherry notes with some sweet sour as well. Taste is purely awful: cherry syrup thatís artificial, sugary cough syrup with a fake chocolate end. Just horrible.


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