Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle: Pour faily dark, but pretty light for a stout. Looks more like a thin porter. Aroma of cherries. Aroma is actually not that bad. I wish I could say the same for the flavor. Quite acidic. Not that great. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2011
The aroma is a little dirty and watery with coffee, brown sugar. and a hint of sour cherries. The appearance is 100% head at pour with a dark brown color. The taste is like the aroma with an acidic finish. The palate is a bit thin. Overall this did not work for me it seems nothing like a cherry inspired stout. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 16, 2011
THOUGHTS: Not as bad as some of the other reviews would suggest, but not great either. The cherry was a little artificial smelling and tasting and it drowned out most of the stout qualities in the flavor at first. The stout flavors came out a little more as it warmed.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark red that was basically black in the glass until held to a light, where ruby shines through. It also had a large, tan head that mostly, but slowly diminished, keeping a decent sheet that left excellent lacing. The aroma had light to moderate roasted malt; hints of coffee and chocolate at first and then more; and cherry. But mostly cherry in both sweet and tar forms. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and lightly tart; while the finish was moderately sweet and light to moderately sour and slightly bitter. There was caramel, cherry (both sweet and tart) some light coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. The medium body was a bit syrupy, but also fairly slick and then a little dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a lightly astringent and slightly chalky finish. BeautyandBeast (10) - - MAY 13, 2011
Beast: Was not his cup of tea
Beauty: The flavor wasn’t overwhelmingly cherry and the taste got better as it warmed up and got around room temperature. The head was a light pink almost white and it was overall really tasty. jb (3248) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 24, 2011
Faint cherry nose. Dark brown, clear, faint orange highlights. Thick head. Nutty, oak, dry palate, a bit fruity and sour. Alright, but I don’t know if I’d get it again, a bit sour/acidic built up on me.
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2011
Bottle. I guessed before I poured that the beer would be translucent. Score! Deep translucent garnet body, medium dissipating to thin tan head. Thin, tart nose, mostly cherry skin, perhaps hints of chocolate. Thin, tart, acidic body, with cherry skin and modest dusty, roasty malt, but drinks more like a generic cherry ale than a cherry stout. It’s as if Atwater bottles equal parts beer and water. LiteWait (266) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2011
12 oz bottle received from AirForceHops. Poured black as tar. Thick tan head that left solid lacing. Aroma of black cherries. Taste of cherry juice, hint of chocolate and malt. Sweet and medium carbonation. Thin mouth-feel. Tart watery finish. Glad it was given to me as I would not purchase it myself. murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown with a bit of tan head. Aroma is lightly sour with some cherry, bready malt, doesn’t really smell like a stout. Taste starts out with some sour cherry, along with a bit of malt. Dry finish. Kind of confusing. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle: Pours a clear ruby with a thin tan head, cherries and brown sugar in the aroma, starts and ends sweet with a tart ending. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. AirForceHops (7233) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 10, 2011
After I read on the label “Cherry concentrate from state of Michigan” I wasn’t expecting much. Flavor was sweet and tart black cherries, chocolate, and some roast with a thin body and had a dry tart finish. Very mediocre.