11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Nice black color. Off-white head and good lacing. Nice cherry and roasted malt aroma. Medium bodied. Flavor tended to be more on the stout side of things with chocolate and coffee being dominant with a pleasant cherry intrusion towards the finish. Decent stout with a great fruit balance.
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 First tasted at the Rose & Raindrop in spring ’05 and I hated it. So I gave it a re-sample at the brewpub in Stevenson. Basically black. Black cherry soda smell. I sure could go for a Montreal smoked meat sandwich right now. Taste....gak...gong show of very bitter patent malt and sugar sweet robitussin cherry. Fucking awful.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland. Pours black with a small brown head. Tons of sweet dark cherry aroma, not very tart, just syrupy sweet. This brew was very thin on the palate, almost like a porter. Not very much roast to this, light chocolate flavor with a sweet chery start then a big bitter finish. Good for a fruit beer, but bad for a stout.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: chocolate covered marachino cherries, sugary smell--like the cherry syrup in cough syrup
Appearance: dark brown, tan head, lacing
Flavor: very sweet cherry taste, mixed with chcolate--slight bakers chocolate/dry chocolate finish with sugary sweet cherry flavors--almost too much cherry and not enough chocolate
Palate: smooth, bubbly with dry chocolate cherry aftertaste
3fourths (7764) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled @ Horse Brass, July 2004.
Deep black with a brown head. Nose of pure black cherries, not many stout qualities in the aroma. Thin initially, cherries with some harsh chocolate that’s entirely too sweet. By the end of a pint I was sick of it.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Eclipse black color. Small head. Aroma is black cherries and sweet. Very intense aroma. A medium bodied stout. Malts are roasty with touches of chocolate, Very smooth. The cheery flavors complement the roastyness of the malts very well. Yet it is SO intensely cherry a little of this goes a LONG way. This is going to be one of those “love it or hate it” beers. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly smooth.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2004, on tap: Clear dark brown with a tan head. Fake cherry aroma, with some english hops. Starts sweet and acidic and ends even more so. Syrupy mouthfeel and ends with a long cherry note.
jsquire (3296) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Horse Brass pub in Portland. Black beer with a fluffy brown head. Artificial cherry cough drop nose. This beer is all about the cherry. Flavors of chocolate covered cherries, sweedish fish candy, bitter chocololate and some coffee. Mostly it is too much artificial cherry. Fruit is supposed to add to the beer, not overpower it.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2004
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I am sorry to say but this stuff is hideous. All I get from teh aroma and flavor are Cherry Flavored NyQuil which is one of the worst tasting substances on the face of the Earth. Opaque black witha small light tan head. The cherry flavor is not done correctly, though it can be done, see Bell’s Cherry Stout.
Aubrey (3411) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very deep and dark brown. Very vibrant cherry nose. Base malts were mildish (dark roast malts, coffee, chocolate), hidden behind the big cherry flavors (mostly just sweet; hardly any tartness or sourness to speak of) and aromas. At times, I found it reminiscent of Luden’s cherry cough drops. It was odd, but I didn’t really mind it. The sweetness, however, did kind of wear on me. Drinking one glass was no prob though, and it was kind of enjoyable.