DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Walking Man in Stevenson, OR on 7/22/07. Nearly opaque black with ruby accents when held to the light. Medium ltan head and some decent lace. Cherries notable right off the bat, folloewed by some chocolate and roasted nuts. Smooth and creamy with a full body. Surprisingly , this isnít overly sweet. Thatís not to say it isnít sweet, because it is, but itís not cloying. Itís like eating a piece of Black Forest Cherry Cake. Not soething I would drink often, but as a dessert beer it would be nice from time to time.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Horse Brass Pub. Pours a dark black color with a subtle ruby transparency and a thick layer of creamy tan foam. Aroma of black cherry skins, coffee, and dark chocolate. The cherry aroma is nice and authentic, bringing out the skin tannins quite well. Medium light bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. The cherry jumps out on the palate immediately, assaulting it with a medicinal-esque sudafed like quality. I found the aroma to be nice initially, but after tasting it, I can smell a bit of the medicinal quality as well. Some dark smokey malt flavors take over from the cherries, dry and bitter with a chocolately grain husky quality. As the mild roast flavors fade away, the hops really take over, leaving a pithy white grapefruit rind bitter residue left sitting on the tongue. Well attenuated, exceptionally dry, clean, and masterfully created, but I find the cherry to be a bit too medicinal in quality and the hops to be too overpowering on the backend to fully appreciate the artistic construction of this one.
BuckeyeBoy (2672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at BrewPub. Pours out Black Black Black topped with a tan head. Great sweet aroma of cherrys. Pretty cool The great tast of a stout with a nice combo of cherrys. Very nice..
IndianaRed (2372) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap Pitc0h black with a thick ttan head. Thick sticky lacing. Big time sweet dark cherry aroma mostly eclipsing the dark malt base. The cherry cannot hold back the roasted smokey malt flavors. The fruit makes a nice medley as it comes through a bit. Slighttly mediciney like fruit extracts can be but it works well. A bit thin and a nice sofr carbonation.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft: Pours 1 finger tan head and very dark brown, roasty and sweet aroma of black cherry. Flavor is rich malty chocolate notes and a big black cherry sweetness. The cherry is amazing, it really tastes like you are biting into a black cherry. The cherry sweetness is well balanced by some coffee and hop bitterness on the finish. A great balanced fruity stout. I would love to have an Imperial of this. That would probably make my top 5.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at Rose & Raindrop, Portland,OR.
This is a unique beer. Itís truly delicious if youíre in the taste for a little fruti infusion in your beer. The fruit is never overwhelming. Nice beer.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Collins Pub. Pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is cherries and coffee. Full body. The taste says these are black cherries. Sort of like coffee with chocolate and cherries in it. Espresso and cherry finish. The cherries carry through without being overwhelming at any point along the way.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate covered cherries which carries through the flavour. Nedium bodied and enjoyable if you like a strong cherry presence. Finishes somewhat sweet with a lingering cherry.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small brown head with mild lacing. Cherry and chocolate nose. Blacker than night, a searchlight wouldnít shine through this beer. Cherry and malt flavour. Sweet finish. with cherry and strong coffee notes. This is a dessert beer, something to drink after the meal.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2006
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Tasted at Horse Brass in Portland. One of the few dissapointments from Walking Man for me. Black with huge head. Strong cherry aroma. Really thin. Tastes like cherry cough syrup. Awful. I pick up nothing from the stout...just cherry syrup everywhere. Iíd like to try this again...maybe it was having an off night there.
Re rate: Iíve tried this several times over the past year or so, and just canít change my opinion. I want to like this beer so much, as cherry and stout sound so damn good together. The thing that ruins it for me is the strong aroma of cherry NyQuil. Affects the taste and ruins the whole thing for me. The cherry is just too fake for me.