howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Luxurious chocolate-covered cherry aroma. Authentic fruit nose, not candyish. Big roasty malt backbone with a distinct cherry tartness to balance.
slowrunner77 (5944) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"courtesy of pfoxyjohn - with the heaviness of this beer and what’s going on flavor-wise, I’d have pegged this a strong milk stout if i didn’t know better from the label. blurs the line for sure. lots of chocolate, dark and tart fruit, and heavy roasted malt. super smooth, with a lingering sweeter than expected finish. a little sweeter than i’d hoped, but still quite good."
UDBeernut (1775) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tick courtesy of puddintane and his epic free beer generousity. Pours motor oil black with no head. Tan edges. Nose of chocolate. Taste starts semi sweet, faint sweet cherry, and finish is mild roast and astringency. Body feels a bit thin. I realize as I rate this I need more Cran-bic. MOAR CRAN-BIC! MOAR!
valpoaj (634) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
finally getting around to rating this on my third or fourth experience with this brew. pours black with little carbonation and no head to speak of. aroma is somewhat faint...some cherry notes and an abundance of roasted/burnt malts. flavor has actually come together a bit more over time it still nothing outstanding. tart cherry, roasted malt, and an odd, almost cloying sweetness in there. palate is a bit thin but overall appropriate for the style. one of my least favorite from the overall high quality BGW series, but a decent offering regardless...
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle pours thick black with a medium tan head that doesn’t stick around for long. Aroma is awesome. Mix of cherry’s, big roast, molasses, maple. Flavor is big and roasty upfront, lots of burnt sugar and thin smoke lending way to a big cocoa and cherry finish. Bitter and only mildly fruity. Nice beer.
burg326 (3764) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a pitch black with no carbonation. Aromas of coffee and a hint of cherry. Not much coffee or porter taste however, the aftertaste is like the last bit of a cherry two liter soda with no carbonation. Might have been a bad bottle, but had real potential.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer is black with little carbonation giving rise to a light tan head. The head is oily looking as it finishes.
The aroma is strong and super sweet. Tons of cherry and sweetness, not much else. A light coffee finish but this is all about the cherry.
The taste is totally opposite of the aroma, tons of coffee with a very faint cherry finish but kind of alcoholic.
The feel is really light, not a whole light going one.
Pretty easy to drink.
Overall, this is ok, great on the front reminds me of kre but drinking it isn’t as fulfilling as smelling it.
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks emacgee. Nose of light roast, dark tart cherries. Flavor is similar. Nice roast and cherry blend. Very understated beer overall and unlike many of the Brewers Gone Wild series. Good, solid cherry porter.
emacgee (4046) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks bauermj! Pours a dark viscous copper brown with a thin frothy tan head. Nose doesn’t have too much to offer, kind of musty with some paper, dry roasty malt, mild fruity sweetness, day old coffee. Flavor is similar, definitely pick up on the cherry tartness, just doesn’t do it for me in this context. Some bitter chocolate and spent coffee grounds. Palate is a bit tart and bitter, full bodied. Wanted to love
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of chocolate, coffee, light roast, and black cherry. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of caramel.
alexsdad06 (5556) - Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. I had this fresh, but can’t find the rating notes so here goes. Pours a clear brown color with a small beige head . The aroma is tart black cherries, dark chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of black coffee. The flavor leans toward the base imperial porter with nice roasted malt, dark chocolate and espresso. The tart black cherry flavors do come through with some warming and work well with the porter flavors. From what I recall, the cherry is more pronounced now than it was fresh. Some mild bitterness to the finish. Medium plus bodied. Overall, I find this to be a solid beer now. If I find my original rating I may combine the scores.