beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-Cask: Very deep mahogany brown with a glowing patchwork of ruby/brown at the edges. Medium ivory head of velvety smoothness, nice and tightly whipped looking. Foamed collar always present. Aroma is nice and sweet with a great roastyness behind. Has a twinge of woodyness with soft underlays of sweet cherry and semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is nice and mild with favorable sweetness in the roastyness and a softened cherryness with a nudge of tartness to it. There's a bit of woody tones to it that add some depth in the sweetness along with very light chcoclate, but all the flavors blend well together. Its not all that thick and doesn't seem necessary either as its firm full body and smooth creamy feel lend for a nice notion of drinking and flavor. Very nice sweet mild character with just the right amount of tartness and matches up with a easy clean finish. Nice calm texture too. A real winner for the snowtimes. One of the better cherry brews I've had without alot of that cherry sweet/sourness that seems to overwhelm, this has none of that really. Calming cherry character throughout. On-cask this was Good stuff!
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Dark brown murky color with a laced light brown head. Irish style stout with a tart cherry aroma and flavor. A festive lighter stout with a nice spice.
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Full bodied. More or less the oatmeal stout with minimal cherry flavor added. It needs more cherry. kind of boring. Yes, the name is "cheery" stout.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
To quote from the brewer:"An Irish dry stout with doses of two different cherries. Red Tart cherries and dark sweet cherries were added to the fermenters to create the roasty delicate cherry taste. Only real fruit was used to make this beer, so the cherry flavor is actual."
Deep dark, practically black color, with rubyish tinges 'round the sides, crowned with a prodigious, creamy, fluffy head of chestnutty foam.
Aroma: roasty, slightly bitter, espressoish, earthy, dry, with a hint of the cherries, but only if you know what you're looking for. Quite nice.
Taste: Bittersweetness greets us right away, with the bright cherry flavor which rides comfortably in the mouth, and rolls along the palate, happily bumping up against the tastebuds. Body is medium, not too full, texture is just enough. And the cherry sweetness is always in your company, just right, not too sweet, not too tart. Probably the best fruit-flavored stout I've had...except when I think back on their Cabernet Stout from this fall...man, there's no stopping Town Hall!
This was another nice accomplishment from Mr. Hoops, just enough stout, just enough cherry. Cheers!