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RATINGS: 1514   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Nephilium (1772) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
This beer smells like a sour ale instead of a stout. It pours black, with a thin dark tan head, that just leaves a bit of lacing behind. The taste is a combination of coffee, chocolate, and sour cherries. Not a style I truly like, so be aware of the bias.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (1079) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from a Meijers grocery in Holland, Michigan. Black with a tan head, a bit too bubbly to be perfect. Strong aroma of tart cherries and bitter chocolate. Flavour is tart and bitter, with cherries almost overwhelming the chocolate. Strong on the alcohol, it is quite easy to drink. Super nice, but perhaps I was expecting some stronger sweetness on the character overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Msdrbeat (652) - East Lansing, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Bottled. Pours pitch black with an off white head. Lots of cherry as it warms but thereís something smokey in the flavor I do not like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
crajun (1216) - , Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2016
bottle recíd in trade; aged for awhile. knew I wouldnít like it - at least a found a nephew to share it with. too much cherries; sweetness; hint of vinous. not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gephross100 (735) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Bottle thanks to sherrice. Dark brown with a light brown head. Light mouth feel. Cherry and roasted malt nose. Average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PanMarek (374) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2016
Dark, malty nose with some chocolate and cherry. Dark brown / black pour with creamy beige foam that persists. Heavy body with slick texture and light fizz. The roasted malts come out in the taste with a touch of bitterness that balances the cherry tartness well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (8674) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Black pour with a thin light tan ring of foam around the glass, giving off a lovely nose of black malt roast, dark bittersweet cocoa, and a big dose of cherry. Smooth and wonderous flavor that starts sweet and dark chocolaty, gets a tart but fleshy bit of cherry juice, thereís a wee bit of roast and black malt, then a cherry flesh and light tart juicy finish with a touch more chocolate in there. Delightful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (2550) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Draft to taster at cappyís pour opaque black with thin tan head. Nose light roasted malt, mineral chocolate, slight dusty. Taste minerality up front, roasted malt, bakers dark chocolate. Only getting minimal cherry very late in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1675) - - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle, thanks Christina! Roasted malt aroma with notes of tart cherries and chocolate. Pours very dark brown with a very slight ruby tinge as well as a thin but retentive light brown head that also has excellent lacing. Starts with roasted malt and chocolate flavors with a bit of cherry sweetness mixed in. Finishes smooth with the previously mentioned flavors as well as the cherry turning more towards tart over sweet. Another nice stout from the folks at Bells!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wombat23 (1167) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Almost black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate notes, and hints of cherry. Taste: begins with dark malt, coffee, and chocolate, but finishes with tangy sour cherry. Acidic. Doesnít really work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehaak26 (371) - - JUL 23, 2016
Bottle into glass at Marikkaís. Pours a chocolate brown with little to no head. Aroma is chocolate and cherries. Finish starts chocolate and becomes sour cherry.

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