Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked this bottle up in Michigan over the holidays. Served in a snifter. Not infected--woohoo!
Pours dark brown with a bit of a crimson hue. Single-finger off-white head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings a bit of roast as well as some chocolate and lightly-tart and sweet cherries. Taste brings a bit more cherry character plus some roast. Nothing terribly complicated, though I like the cherries. Mouthfeel is medium with lowish carbonation. Okay beer, but nothing too special.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-14-2011
RSRIZZO (1898) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Stem Glass at 45°. Color is black with a thick brown head. Aroma is a deeply roasted coffee like scent with a faint cherry note in the back. Full bodied with a crisp mouth feel that gives the body a lighter feel. Flavor comes in deeply roasted with coffee and chocolate then a light sweetness and a touch of tart cherry. After taste is dry and toasted with a slight soapy taste on the end. Overall it a good Porter, but I was expecting the cherry to stand out a little more and the soapy taste on the end detracts a bit from the flavor.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 12oz Bottle. The Imperial version of this beer ranks highly as one of my favorite fruit beers ever, so I have high expectations for this bottle. Aroma is a nice crisp roasted malt and nice cherry twang. I love the ruby corners to both the head and body of this beer. Flavors deliver the expected punch, with a bit different texture. Memory or reality makes this feel a good bit sweeter and more roasted the imperial version, but the thick cherry acid brings in that unique cherry beer balance. Very good, but some how not as entertaining as the Imperial. Still, I think Joe’s work with both is some of the finer fruit beer work in the state. Thanks Sean!
FROTHINGSLOSH (5402) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Greg brought this one to a beer gathering. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small dark brown head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. The aroma was chocolate syrup and black cherry. The flavor was tart, bitter and a bit vinegary with notes of roasty malts, black cherry and faint chocolate. The finish was long and tart with cherry and roasty malts. Smooth with a medium body. Decent.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 3/13/11 from a 12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours oily black with a tint of red and a thick brown head that slowly recedes to even lace and also has a bit of pink tint. The nose is dark roasted malt with coffee, dark chocolate, and cherry aromas that range from sweet to Kirsch liqueur-like. The flavor is sweet and tart cherry up front with molasses and chocolate, moving to more bitter roasted coffee and dark chocolate, and a bit more tartness from the cherries. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long tart cherry and bitter chocolate finish.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Part of the 13 Shorts in one night tasting at the Mikes on 2/18/11. Thanks Mike. Nose cherry and lavendar. Taste initial sweet to sudden odd fuzzy. Like washing mouth out with hand soap. Drainpour.
FullObs (134) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours nearly black with just a thin tan head. Moderate sour cherry aroma with coffee undertones. No sweetness in this and just a mild hint of cherry. Has a nice tartness, hints o f unsweetened cocoa. Alternating finish between tart and a Mild bitterness. Nt really a porter guy but the fruit got me to try this one. This one grew on me as I worked thru it. A decent brew worth a try. Glad I have a few more of these.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours deep brown/ruby with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark cherry syrup. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of plum and raisin. Overall body is moderate and finishes with light bitterness.
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
A bonus in a regional trade for some Michigan beers I was not quite sure what to make. Looking at the label this seemed like one of those beers that might smell good but taste like a mess. Instead it has a solid aroma and a solid taste. Built on a robust foundation of a basic porter the fruity cherry aspects give it character that set it apart from the run of the mill.
Aroma / Appearance - The sticky oily pour slid down the sides of the glass carelessly. Like flat cola it filled the glass with little reaction. A sweet mixture of cherries, maple syrup, coffee, and Yoohoo was easy on the senses. The combination was a bit like a winter special at Starbucks.
Flavor / Palate - The heavy sweet mouthfeel was initially distracting but soon settled down. Melted cocoa, mixed with coffee and black cherries clung to the palate. After a few minutes the bite at the back of the throat stopped fading from sip to sip. My final verdict is that this beer is not just some novelty designed to smell good but a beer worth closer attention. If you are a fan of porters and happen to run across some pick up a bottle.
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of BadNewsBeers- thanks Tyler! Pours reddish lack with a light and foamy dark tan head. Nose is roasty and sour with chocolate and faint juicy cherry notes. Medium body with average carbonation and finishes a little light. Starts off a little sweet with the cherry, followed by a roasty earthy coffee, and finishing sour with moderate bitterness. Leaves a very nice lingering sweetness in the mouth and on the lips. This is the dark side of fruit beers.