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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Black Cherry Porter is made using local Northern Michigan sweet black cherries, eight different malts, and three varieties of hops. The combination of ingredients provides the deep radiant flavor profile and creates a dark opaque color. The beer leaves a slight purple lace from the fruit puree and finishes with flavors of roasted chocolate and pleasurable black cherry.

Black Cherry Porter is one of the oldest beers in our portfolio. It was brewed for the first time on July 29, 2004 as the 35th batch of beer ever brewed at Short’s.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FullObs (133) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2011
On tap at Reno’s West, Lansing. Deep opaque brown-black body, tight dense light brown head. Roasty nose with coffee and tart cherryskin, Roasted, almost smoky body with coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and sober tart cherry skin. Firm, roasty finish. Well-balanced.
Earlier Rating: 2/25/2007 Total Score: 3.3
Sampled at the 2nd annual Michigan Winter Beer Festival, Lansing. Dark brown body, thin ochre head. Sharp, acidic, tart cherry body, really delivering a sour bite, roasty porter flavors on the finish. I had no idea this was of such high ABV. Tasty but one-dimensional.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2011
1/15/11. Shared at the Sea Bass tasting! Mild sour cherry aroma with huge roasted chocolate and malt. Sweet malt flavor with tons of roasted malt and a hint of sour cherry peel. Not bad!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1713) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle from Styles. Mild aroma. Some cherries, some coffee, a little plum, but not a lot going on. Pours a near back color that’s topped with a thick deep brown head. A thin layer of foam lasts. Slightly tart cherries mix with roasted oat, barley, and chocolate flavors. I pick up some nuts as well. Creamy and for the most part smooth with a dry bitter roast in the finish. More flavor than the aroma had me thinking. This is solid stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6760) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Pours deep dark mahogany with tan head. The aroma is dusty roasted malts to go along with a sense of burnt malts and faint berriness. The taste offers up dark roasted malts, black strap molasses and a mild level of rich dark sweet berries rimed by a faint sense of berry skin tannins.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8349) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
This works! Pours very dark brown near black, with a dusting of a white head. The fresh cherry aroma emmenates from the glass and is enticing. Above average mouthfeel contains a marriage of roasted malt, rich malt including chocolate malt, and black cherry flavour that is right there. Great drinkability

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyReynolds (859) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Bottle thanks to bigmmartin. Pours a rich dark brown with a reddish color foam. Aroma is roasted malts with notes of coffee, chocolate and cherries. Palate is a little dry, but chewy at the same time. Flavor is sweet, bringing out the cherry followed by a coffee flavor. Pretty good.


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