Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
drowland (6824) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Ibrew2or3 (7461) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Sammy (9524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
AndyReynolds (1055) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Beerman6686 (5320) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a dark dark brown color almost black and a tan head. Aroma was of sweeter chocolate, some dark cherries and light brown sugar too. Flavor slightly roasted, very sweet, some chocolate, and some sweeter light cherry notes too. A good fruit beer.
thirdeye11 (5779) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle thanks to Exiled) near black with ruby highlights and few bubbles. Nose of bakers chocolate, cherry, cocoa and fudge. Taste of dark chocolate, fudge, cherry in the background. Thick to medium body, dark chocolate linger. Pretty good.
Tmoney99 (11900) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample. Poured reddish brown color and an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart cherry fruit and sweet malt aroma. Medium body with with a smooth rich texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy tingly tart cherry and toasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy tart cherry and sweet malt finish of moderate duration. Complex change of pace fruit beer.
JohnnyJ (4910) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle many thanks to wnoble. Pours an extremely dark brown, practically black, with a nice tan head. Very roasty, lots of dark malts, some chocolate, cherries, slightly acidic, and tobacco. The idea of this is good, and the flavors are decent, but overall, this beer really doesn’t work well.