jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. Deep brown body approaching opaque. Pillowy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Strong aroma of brett (horse blanket and lacquer) and sour cherry. Notes of toasted grain, chocolate, prune, banana, caramel. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, moderately bitter and moderately acidic. Dry, cherry tartness. Medium to full body, velvety texture, fizzy carbonation. Interesting beer and one that grows on you the more you drink — the overpowering brett influence giving way to the more subtle tastes — chocolate-covered tart cherries with hints of cinamon toast, fruit and sweet caramel.
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark cloudy brown with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, dark cherry, and raisin. Taste starts lightly sweet and chocolatey, quickly becoming tart and fruity, and finally finishing lightly bitter. Notes of grapes, pears, and of course cherries. Finish is somewhat earthy/dusty, possibly from the brett. Medium body with lively carbonation. Not what I was expecting but not bad either.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of dark fruits and alcohol. Slightly bready yet very dark and malty. The color is a dark belgian stout like appearance. Flavors are bold, sweet malty up front, with a sour dark fruit, banana, and brett after tone. Tastes a little like they knocked some robotussin into the beer. :) Good little brew though.
bleeng (1498) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a thick tan head. Nose is tangy, sharp, cherry, spicy. Taste is very tart and tangy, with the cherry upfront. A bit of a smoke flavor. Fades a bit on the end. Overall easy to drink and well done but not memorable.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma of lots of prunes with lighter cherry notes as well as lots of earth and nuts. Flavor continues to exhibit sweet prunes with a fairly tart edge. Chocolate and toffee as well. Pretty solid stuff, just a bit too much of the prune character for me.
mar (4786) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. chocolate pour with ruby hints. tart cherries and a roasted malt aroma. nice on the palate with a roasted malt flavor and a tart cherry finish.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a dark brown color, with a huge, foamy, light tan head. Smells of some sour cherries, with littel hints of oak, and a touch of smoke as well. Caramel, toffee, and candy sugar are also evident. The flavor is more fruity than matly to me, definitely got some of those cherries and other sweet dark fruits. The finish was pretty malty sweet, with a light tart aftertaste. Pretty decent brew. Very drinkable and nice flavor.
Pailhead (4622) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The aroma has lots of cherry juice with some light tartness, chocolate, and a hint of caramel. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a half inch beige head with very good retention. The flavor starts with light chocolate and caramel. The finish has a lot of cherry juice with some mild tartness. There’s a definite dark chocolate cherry aftertaste. Medium bodied with a somewhat lively carboantion and a soft mouthfeel.
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet cherry, roasted malt, prunes, chocolate. Flavor of prunes with a sweet cherry finish. No chocolatey or roasty notes (as the description suggests) but still pretty tasty. Sort of similar to Three Philosophers but more cherry and more prunes. Overall, interesting beer.
obguthr (3653) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark chocolate nose, not strong. Beautiful brown with a purplish hue, thick tan lacing head. Tangy malty flavor of chocolate covered cherries, great balance. Not nearly as complex as billed. Faint french roast coffee finish. Very good, but not as spectacular as I hoped.