Hippoman (399) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Ye Old Elm Tree, Durham, £3.40/pint.
Ruby black beer with a thick, cream-coloured head. The nose has the cherries promised but unfortunately they are largely eclipsed in the flavour by a rather over the top smoky character that masks all else. Not great.
StueyD (1542) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pitch black beer with a frothy but weak tan coloured head. A light aroma, dark malt elements like burnt sugar, nutty, smoky then a red fruit aroma that suggests cherries. Medium dry and slightly thinner than expected mouthfeel. The taste starts off with a smooth and sweet malt flavour, dark caramel and chocolatey, that leads in a ripe jammy, red fruit flavour, definitely cherry plus plum and raisiny dried fruit. Then a dry nutty, woody and slightly smoky flavour comes through towards the end. The finish is dry nutty with a sweetish caramel fruit background. Bottle from the Maris Otter 50 Beer Festival, Norwich.
KyotoLefty (8125) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 26, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at GBBF 2015. Black with a high, airy head. Roasty nose, chocolate, coffee, and maybe just a hint of cherry. Soy sauce. A bit weak overall, without much cherry at all.
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at GBBF, Olympia, 2015.Chestnut coloured pour with a beige head. Spicy caramel and black cherry nose. Mild black cherry, raisin, chocolate and caramel flavour leading to a malt heavy finish.
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Great British Beer Festival 2015, Day 2. Black beer with a brownish head. roasted chocolate aroma, cocoa, licorice, fruity notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, cherry notes, licorice, caramel, some tar. Quite nice.
The_Osprey (4179) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at GBBF. Black with a small foamy brown head. Aroma is soft biscuity malts, touch of berry. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is bready, some chocolate and roast, not really getting much cherry. Soft bitterness in the finish.
Desverger (5047) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask@GBBF 2015, London - black pour with tan head. Roasted and sweet malty aroma and taste with subtle cherry nuances throughout, some chocolate sweetness, pretty decent.
evergreen0199 (2576) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at GBBF 2015, Olympia, London. A dark ruby/brown/black coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Roasty, malty, cherry aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, cherry/berry fruit.
mR_fr0g (6501) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at gbbf 2015 day 4. Opaque black coloured pour with a steadfast light tan head. Aroma is nice milk choc, earthy, nutty roasted malts. Flavour is slightly thin, smooth oats, choc, berry, not much cherry. Lingering woody tannin in the finish. Palate is a bit thin, lowish carbonation.
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry stouts were not uncommon in the old days, this is my first so curious to taste this. Deep beige, creamy, lacing head over an almost black beer. Aroma of coffee grounds, cherries and other stonefruit but not dominating, white pepper, some iron, dried leaves, tea. Nutty taste in which the cherries add a very subtle sweetness - but nothing in the neighborhood of sour cherry beers; bit metallic, bit thin, gentle roasted bitterness in the end, very lightly sourish, bitterness of medium duration. Less rich than expected.