andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 26, 2013
Pours a very dark transparent brown with big off white head that quickly settles with some legs. Aroma is chocolate cherry cake, and some roasted malts. Flavour is chocolate cake, moderate sweetness, dried cherry with light sourness, and roasted malts. Very interesting beer, I really enjoy the twist. Reimer96 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2013
Pours a clear dark brown with a red hue to it and a sml frothy brown head sits on top. Aroma is dominated bye sweet dried cherries, chocolate cocoa, slight roasted malts and an overall black forrest cake impression. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, sweet cherries and finishes like ack forrest cake would. Average for a porter but excellent for the twist they were looking for as it doesn’t taste nearly as sweet as it smells. Really well done and an excellent dessert beer. reebtogi (6378) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
650mL bottle poured a reddish-brown color with big tan head that settled quickly leaving a thin lace behind. Aroma of cherries and cocoa and roasted malts. Taste was lightly sweet with the chocolate and cherries and had a dry hoppy finish. Body was medium to heavy and carbonation was acceptable. This beer was nicely balanced and a rather enjoyable tasting experience. robinvboyer (4750) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
aroma of cherries, cocoa, and coffee. Flavor, dried cherries, cocoa, coffee, and hints of caramel. Finish is dry, and bittter, but leaves a subtle cocoa sweetness. patricks110 (2659) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2010
Not too bad. Aroma is roasted malts, some fruits, and a hint of cocoa. Was hoping for more chocolate and cherry in the taste, but still very little. A pretty average porter though
VertBaconStrips (2402) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUN 23, 2009
***review from Jan 12, 2008***<BR.
Ultra dark brown brew with a huge brown head that went to a skim a bit too fast - produced some decent lacing. I’ll say that the aroma was pretty good mainly due to the lack of the massive sweetness that I assumed this would have. Marachino cherries (however that’s spelt), dusty chocolate powder. It really took a good warming for the black forest cake smell to come together. The taste also was not overly sweet. Similar to the aroma and on the mild side - that is what saves this beer - still drinkable with a small dose of infused flavour. I found this beer to be quite dry with a underlying bitterness that I did enjoy. Finishes dry. A bit too thin. This beer is worth a shot. Never once did I notice the 6.5%. Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
"Label looks sad and cheap but the beer its self is good enough, extremely dark brown with very little light penetration the cap was a good half inch right after the pour but reduced to almost nothing but some how roapy lacing is left behind. The smell is a dead ringer for those chocolate covered cherries you get at Christmas, dark chocolate and artificial cherry, nice dark roasted malts also make through. This is shockingly good smelling way better then I expected to be. Flavour is also better then expected, bitter chocolate and the cherry is very noticeable with out overpowering the taste, nice and malty and not too sweet either. Mouth feel is to thin and watery this is about the only bad thing I can say about this offering from Alley Kat. As I drink this I’m reminded of black cherry ice cream, the after taste is a very mild coffee. Not a bad brew I’m very impressed if it wasn’t for the mouth feel this would a great brew but I can see my self actually buying this again."
Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2009
Bottle: Poured a light black color porter with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of cherry and sweet chocolate is quite enticing though originating form some syrup. Taste is also a well balance mix between some some cherry blossom with great notes of sweet milk chocolate. Body is a bit thin with low carbonation. I know it does taste somewhat fake but still very good nonetheless. Proteus93 (66) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Nearly opaque, looking mahogany when light is able to shine through. Roasted marshmallow head, sticking around the sides of the glass as it recedes... retention is mediocre.
Reminiscent of cherry liquor dark chocolates; Cherry Blossom candy. Nice smelling brew, though the malts and such don’t come through a great deal.
Managing to keep cherries from tasting like cough syrup tends to be a bit of a challenge. It is successful here... unsweetened/baker’s chocolate, rich cherry flavour - but not assaulting. A roasted maltiness that is not really spotted in the aroma. Pretty nicely done.
Creamy, almost a little slick. Carbonation is spot on for such a style, just adding enough to give some life without being skimpy or sharp.
A pretty nicely done brew... a good weekend treat, a suitable dessert beer, or even for no special occasion. Worth a try.
presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2008
6 month old bottle. Great lasting head on very dark beer. At first the aroma is all cherry syrup but then the cocoa comes in. Still the scent is a little heavy. Lots of dry cocoa flavour with the cherry playing around the edges and coming on strong in the finish. Interesting seasonal. I think that the 12oz bottle is the right size for this. Becomes more enjoyable as you drink. The cherry note does not quite sync for me.