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RATINGS: 1502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.1
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Bottle, again, thanx Duane. Pours black as night, with a HUGE reddish brown head. as I let the head settle down, an interesting aroma comes out. Burnt chocolate and malts, no hops or citris, lots of Caramel and toffee, and coffee. There is a definite cherry backbone here. The aftertaste also bring cherries, along with the sourness. This was not as good as I dreamed it would be, but, still, dark and enjoyable. I bet this would be great cellar. e-rate. This got way sour in the end, andgot unpleasant

3.9
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Pours a jet black, aroma of lactose and vanilla. Flavor is dark and roasted, with a cherry bite/finish. Palate is oily and slick, very tasty beer!

3.7
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Simple yet intensely pleasing nutty chocolate-cherry aroma. Good head with minimal lacing, like most stouts. Regarding the flavor, I must be one of the people who’ve gotten a batch with more cherries because the tart cherry flavor definitely dominates the traditional stout flavor. The result is great - tastes like a stout-cherry wine cooler. I like it though it’s not as high in my book as a great "straight" stout. But I’d probably use this one for after lawnmowing in summer.

3.8
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Really great aroma- a perfect mix of cherry and stout. The same continues in the flavor. In my bottle, the cherries took a wonderfully subtle backseat to the stout. The cherry taste was nice, not artificial tasting at all. I had a small sample, and would love to try it again.

3.4
Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Black with no head. Very watery for a stout. Big cherry aroma, sour and tart at the same time. Flavor is the same with a slighly bitter coffe finish. Very winelike. Very overwhelming in general. One is definately enough.

3.9
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Bottle, at Monk’s, in Philly. Pours black, with aromas of cherries and coffee. Taste is similar, with cherries take a front seat. A very enjoyable stout. My main complaint would be that it needs more og a malt profile to go along with the nice cherry flavor.

3.2
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Pours with a black body topped by a thin head with little lacing. The aroma and flavor are slightly sweet yet roasty with very slight sour cherry notes and a little chocolate. Full bodied, slightly smooth and dry.

4.4
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Roasty w/ hints of coffee and cherries on the nose... the same in the mouth... it poured a black color w/ red highlights, no head and no lacing. The mouthfeel was well rounded, full bodied, and a slight effervescence. A really good beer.

3.6
sdcourtney (61) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Tart and sweet cherry aroma. Dark and opaque, with a dark ruby-red tint. Head is dark tan and has no appreciable retention. Cherries dominate the flavor - starts out tart and finishes with a lingering sweetness. No noticable stout roastiness or maltiness comes through the cherries, and hop flavor or bitterness. Body is wonderfully creamy and mouthfeel is full and smooth. The cherry is a little too sweet and borders being cloying. The creamy mouthfeel makes this beer, however the cherry is a little too much on the sweet side. A bit of roastiness would balance this a bit more.

3.4
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Pours dark red-brown, with thin to no head. Syrupy, tart, over-cherried, with hints of cough syrup. Overpowering flavor, but smooth texture and pleasant aftertaste halfway through the serving. From 12 oz bottle, slightly chilled. Interesting, but I probably won’t buy it again.


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