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RATINGS: 1515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This unique ale begins its life as a powerful and richly sweet stout to which Michigan tart cherries are added. The resulting black brew is complex, sweet and tart with a distinct cherry finish. It will improve with cellaring. Available September - May

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Dark brown, opaque body with a tan, very small head. The aroma is chocolately and slightly sweet with the essence of cherries and chocolate. Great, full-bodied stout, as expected from the Bells. Creamy and refreshing - the cherry flavor is well-blended with the bitter cocoa notes. The cherries linger on the palate a long while. An interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5836) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Completely black with bubbly, off-white lacing - somewhat tart aroma with background hints of cherry and chocolate - flavor seems less that of a flavored stout, and more like they took an oatmeal stout and blended it with a fruit beer or a lambic - the tartness blends very well with the oatmeal stout like sweetness - an interesting variation in the Bells line of stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Little to no head. Subtle roasted malt and a sharp tart cherry note in the aroma. Cherry notes dominate the flavor, with a bracing of chocolate malt. Lingering tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is much smoother now that my previous sampling of a younger bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2005
pours black with a thin tan head that rings the glass quickly. roasted chocolate and coffee aroma. underlying fruit aroma that is faint. cherry flavor is very evident however, it dominates this stout making it very tart with a lingering sweetness. some coffee flavors are there along with vanilla, and strawberry.the sweet and tart combois nice. a nice beer, not an everyday brinker, but nice. thanks to bbb63 for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Pour is black with a thin tan head...smell is chrries and chocolate with some underlying coffee...taste is chocolate and cherries with alcohol sweetness...I wish I liked fruit beers because I would really enjoy this one...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle, Oak Cafe, Wyandotte, MI. Deep ruby/brown/black with a thinner tan head. Fuller aroma of tart cherries covered in dark chocolate. Mild roast makes itself known among the cherry and dark chocolate flavors. Medium bodied, but it work well considering the tartness. I know if it were any larger bodied it would simply be too thick. Very nice, Iím glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Deep ruby color - thin tan head with a light aroma of cherries and chocolate. Slightly thin body, a bit cherry-sourish flavor with hints of caramel and other sweet flavors. Tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2005
A delicious brew with a nice, creamy head and wonderful cherry aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Rich, dark appearance with a great brown head and great lacing. Interesting aroma of malted chocolate with a musty cherry twist. Flavor was sweet, malty, chocolaty and then tart with cherries. Great palate, very rich and creamy. Glad I only had a third a glass of this, because it was too sweet for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Poured from a bottle. The appearance is a thin, rapidly diminishing tan head atop a dark black body. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, smokiness, and light cherries. Theyíre there, but theyíre hiding. Thereís also a light licorice or cola. The flavor is a thick chocolate and light cherry flavor. Thereís a bunch of bitterness from the dark malts. I donít get a whole ton of cherries in this. How is this a fruit beer? The palate is a good carbonation with an astringency and acidity. The consensus with this beer between myself and those sampling is that this may be starting to spoil. Iíd like to try it again, however.

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