Silphium (2969) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Short’s. Deep murky brown-black body, no head. Nose of buttery oak, bourbon, and alcohol, strong with muted roast and musty cherries. Oaky body with bourbon largely dominating the base beer, which provides elements of roasted malts, coffee, and mostly faded cherry tartness. Relatively dry, soft and chocolaty in the finish with strong lingering bourbon notes. Subtle in its own way. Very good beer.
bpar73 (162) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon and black cherries. Smoky bourbon taste with cherry and malt overtones. A nice balance between the cherry and the bourbon.
Overall enjoyable sipping brew.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour on tap at GTMW 2012 (Madison, WI). Pours a richer deep blackish hue, touches of ruby on the edge and bottom. Frothy light brown head dies to a mellow ring, laces ok. Aromas are black cherry, toffee, mellow barrel. A gentle heat, spirit, and vanilla. Mellow cherry, cocoa, and roast. Initial is medium bodied, tart and sweet dark cherries, touches of cocoa, a touch thinned. Mellow barrel. Vanilla, black cherry, and some roast. Vanilla, spirit, and roast. Cocoa, some toffee, coffee. Gets a bit more mellow, black cherry and mellow barrel flavor. Vanilla, oak. Finish is cherry, a bit tart and tangy. Fun. Seems like they got it figured out this batch (as last year’s ratings look completely different)
jtclockwork (5096) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Handbottle thanks to northernbrews! Pours black tan head. Nose of tart cherry, chocolate cream pie and light bourbon barrel. Taste of cherry juice, roast chocolate malt and bourbon barrel. Some butteriness. Possible diacetyl, but probably just the cherry clashing with the barrel treatment. Otherwise, quite good.
drowland (4988) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2011 1/15/11. Shared at the Sea Bass tasting! This was a hand-bottle from a growler that had been opened once... hope I can try it again some day! Sweaty cheese aroma with a horrible sour cheese flavor. Nasty! Probably infected.
Tmoney99 (8778) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. Poured reddish black color and an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart cherry fruit, bourbon and sweet malt aroma. Medium to full 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, wood and sweet malt finish of moderate duration. Complex change of pace fruit beer.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap for shorts party at hopcat, 12/10. black with minimal beige head. aroma of dark tart fruit, heavily roasted malt, toast, and diacetyl. mostly butter here tho. identical flavor. nice tartness to the cherry, with was pleasing. very dark and thick porter, which is pleasing as well. mostly washed away by the clear diacetyl issue. moderately bitter finish.
Headbanger (2471) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at brewery 11/23/10 Pours black with an incredibly small tan head. Aroma of Black Cherry. Tastes of black cherry tartness up front followed by the bourbon on the back end. This medium to full bodied brew is a nice balance between the bourbon and the black cherry.
deyholla (4787) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from the tap at the brew pub. Poured black with a grayish brown head that dissipated completely. Aroma had tart cherries with roasted malt with some backing bourbon. Flavor had cherry and bourbon that didn’t really meld together with a backing roasted malt note.