thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle poured at FWIBF. Pours a deep brown to black with tan/brown head. Aroma of coffee and cherry liquor. Taste is vanilla, oak, cherry candy and some maple syrup. Much thicker than the ABV. HonusWagner (2248) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Sweet. A bit of bourbon remains years later, but the cherry component is still prominent. Has aged pretty nicely, but not to the level of Expedition or Black Note. freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2013
2012 batch on tap. Pours dense black with red in the thin parts and tan fizz. The aroma is sweet cherry and toasted malts with a strong hinting of oak. The flavor is rich stout with a mild cherry that is balancing tart and sweet with moderate barrel, more oak than bourbon. Mostly dry finish that aids the cherry tart but still would like it to be more tart. Lightly wine like finish, gets progressively better with warmth, very good beer. SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
On tap at the Michigan Summer Beer Fest. First one of the day. A heavy deep cherry note. Really creamy. A solid beer. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2014 Tap: Nearly black with only a very thin outline of ruby and dark brown. Espresso colored head shows excellent staying power and clings to the glass nicely. Aroma is rich, sweet cherry juice meets bourbon-soaked oak chips. Lots of cherry, bourbon, roasted malt, mild vanilla. Sweet, faintly tart, a little syrupy, and very decadent. The taste includes plenty of sweet cherry juice over a background of warming bourbon, oak, and light tannins. Some prunes come alongside the cherries with a very light tartness. Vanilla, oak, dark cocoa, and some molasses come to play as well. Never gets too sweet, too tart, or too hot. Good barrel and fruit meshing with the stout flavors... Awesome brew.
umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2014 Sampled at 2013 MBG Summer Festival. Very nice cherry and roasted malt aroma with some light oak and bourbon. Taste has a nice light sweetness with a light tartness in the finish. Barrel is stronger in the taste than the aroma, lots of oak and vanilla but the bourbon remains light and smooth. Cherries and roasted malt balances pretty well with the bourbon. Smooth beer and very easy to drink.
2014 bottle thanks to rayl101 for sharing. Not much to add to my original rate. Not complex at all but tasty. Cherries, roast, and bourbon. jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to foppa87 for sharing. Pours a black color with tan head. Light roasty, bourbon, cherry aromas. Light syrupy cherry, some roasty, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle in KC @ JetsonFest III. Thanks foppa78! Batch 7777, November 2008 bottle date. Pours a deep brown appearance with a thin brown head. Somewhat spicy, tart but sweet black pie cherry, caramel, light cinnamon, mild whiskey aroma. Tart, cherry puree, dark chocolate, caramel/vanilla whiskey flavor. Slightly tart. Pretty tasty. olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2013
On tap at jk odonnells for bells tap take over. Pours dark black with a tan/reddish head. Srong bourbon aroma. Cherry vanilla oak and bourbon taste. hotstuff (5279) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013
Backlog rating 1-23-2009 (Bottle at Fort Wayne Gathering) This beer pours a small light brown head that had poor retention, very little lacing, opaque body, and a black-brown hue. The Aroma is cherries, bourbon, chocolate, and earthy. The Flavors consist of cherries, chocolate, vanilla, oak, boozy, and bourbon. The Mouthfeel is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this beer is very quaffable, the flavors are nicely balanced and definitely worth trying. I would drink this beer again and it is a beer I recommend.