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RATINGS: 1514   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Pitch black. Tiny brown head. Nose is almost burnt malt, cherry, Flavor is overwhelmingly sour cherry. Some dark sweet malt in there, caramel. Quite tart. Nice chewy body

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Thanks to Gromit for the chance to try this one. This thing pours black as night with a small tan head. Aroma is very dark chocolate, roasty with a chocolate cherry smell, very rich and sweet. The taste on this thing is intense, very rich and sweet in the start, great coffee/chocolate tones, then finishes with a sweet cherry taste when combined with the chocolate as well as a mildly tart cherry taste in the finish. A very smooth and rich stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Chocolate covered cherries, slight hints of espresso, not real complex, but pleasant. Pour is opaque with very little carbination so no head forms. Alcohol is well covered. Taste is of black cherries, semi-sweet chocolate, with a backdrop of coffee. I was suprised to see that is was classified as a fruit beer, but then after tasting it, it is obvious why.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pailhead (6529) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is dark chocolate, sour cherries, and coffee. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a brown fizzy head that diminishes immediatley. Flavor of dark chocolate and cherries in front. Finish is rather tart with sour cherries and coffee. Not a fan of this one.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Pure black with no head. Looked like motor oil. Aroma was a tart cherry. The flavor was a flat sour tart cherry/cranberry. I wouldnít call this a stout. There was no roast, no chocolate, no coffee, just flat sour cherry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (5103) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown, quick dissipating head with an opaque body. The nose was of strong grenadine, cinnamon and port wine. Nice carbonation speckles its headless top. The flavours of Christmas pudding, cherry and cinnamon dominate the taste with undertones of carrot and nutmeg. Slightly acidic and too sharp a drop-off in flavour. Lacks body with its thin, watery texture. Good beer. Thanks to Lubiere for the opportunity...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2004
I bought this as I havenít heard of a cherry stout before. Poured nice and dark as a stout should, kind of average, but the thick, pungent aroma of cherries permeates the senses. I thought it was quite overpowering, came through in the taste as well...I know that most might enjoy this aspect, but I donít really like it all that much. But worth a try.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
midwestdrifter (5) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004 does not count
pours very thick, with no head. very complex aroma. alcohol, slight sweetness, light coffee to semi sweet chocolate. most notable quality is the tart finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1257) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
Dark brown hue with a brown head.. roasted chocolate aroma.. light cherry notes.. sour cherry flavours roasted malts coffee chocolate flavours bitter flavour thick chewy palate...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2004
I first have to say this was a hell of a find by Gromit, thank you. Pours nearly black with a beige colored head. Aroma of chocolate with nice roastiness, and a sweet candied cherry presence. More of the same is in the taste, very sweet and smooth with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness. Very rich with coffee and chocolate hitting the palate, awesome cherry taste which help balance the malts with its tartness, where can I get another bottle?


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