blutt59 (5685) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to exiled, black pour with reddish rim, coffee, dark roast and vanilla aroma, flavor of burnt roast, cherries, coffee
jtclockwork (5097) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Styles. Pours black with coffee colored head. Nose of black cherry, toasted chocolate malts and coffee. Taste is crunchy coffee, black cherry, licorice and toasted chocolate malts. Medium body.
jtw (1039) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, pours black with a deep woody-brown head. slightly more carbonated than i expected a porter, but it contributes nicely to the attractive foam atop. nuanced black cherry aroma, though black cherries are darker and sweeter and would be subtler than tart cherries or sweet bing-style cherries. aside from the plum and cherry notes, chocolatey porter and dark malt sweetness abounds. the aroma translates fairly straight into the body and flavor, with a full body of porter and the characteristics of the black cherries show up very pleasantly. a very nice beer, especially for autumn here in michigan.
pauls_parade (339) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a rose tint, chocolate colored head that dissipates into large bubbles and dots the glass. Chocolate and caramel malt in the nose, some tart cherry. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, and a long-lasting finish. Chocolate, caramel, cherries, and a touch earthy hops bitterness. Well-balanced, not overly fruity, nice porter.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours almost pitch black with a tinge of garnet, the head is copious and can only be described as purple-tinged brown. As it fades it does so to a rocky consistency. The nose is mild, gives hints of chocolate and cherry and toffee. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected and thereís not a lot of sweetness, what hits you is a lot of roast character and some resiny hops, followed by some tart cherry character and a finish thatís sort of towards the stale/lactic side. I donít mind that in a porter but it lingers far too long to be enjoyable and is a bit too much. The cherry is well integrated, it would be a stretch to call this one a fruit beer as the vast majority of the character comes from the hops and malt. Itís borderline drinkable but I canít say anything nicer than that.
johnnyoski (359) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a thin brown head. Roasted coffee, cocoa and a faint tart cherry aroma. Very roasty coffee and dark chocolate flavors initially with a sweet cherry finish. A dry, bitter cocoa aftertaste lingers. Soft carbonation with a medium-full body. Left a nice lacing on the glass and got even better as it warmed. The cherry flavor was great and very natural tasting.
flatmatt (869) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a thin brown head. Roasted coffee aroma with black licorice, cherry, and chocolate. Flavor is highly roasted with coffee and black licorice up front, leading into a dark cherry impression with chocolate. The latter two flavors come out more as I drink more. A great porter with a little twist.
RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance - Dark, viscous. Thin, beige head with decent lacing. Smell - big-time cherries, chocolate, dessert time. Taste - roasty. dark chocolate, cherries, coffee, hoppy finish. not too sweet. Palate - creamy, big-bodied. Overall - this is a stout in my book, and a good one if youíre in the mood for a big bodied one with a dark cherry kick. Similar to Dark Horse Tres Blueberry stout. Tastes like ABV is around 7%.
wnoble (918) - French Lick, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 Sixer thanks to my friend Kevin and generously shared with frostyone. moderate head and black pour. Nose is notes of cherry and fruits, black malt, roast, cherries, no evident hops and almost some sour lactic sourness blended well and very pleasant. Taste is roasted malts, char, sweet sugar and malts with sweet creamy cherries almost like you were drinking milk with coffee and cherries added. Creamy and smooth just enough hop and roast bitterness. Wonderful beer.
kbutler1 (1259) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2011 Bottle. Thanks to mothman for sharing. Pours a very dark brown/black color with a dark mocha colored tan head that settles to collar around my tulip glass. Interesting smell that I canít quite pinpoint or decide if I like or not. A mix of tobacco, leather, some booze, and some dark cherry or plum. Some sweet tart notes upfront followed by a roasty coffee and leather taste. Lighter body than I thought it would be with some carbonation. Lingering roasted bitterness is not that pleasant. Iím actually quite surprised their isnít more of a cherry flavor in this.
2ND TRY: Same as before. More roast, coffee, and leather than anything. The cherry is really lost in this one. Overall, for me this does not work.