Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Draft, Roll out the Barrel Party at the Eccentric Cafe. Opaque deep brown-black body, thin ring of creamy/beige carbonation. Roasty nose with light chocolate, sugars, and dark fruit notes. Chocolate and cherry are prominent in the body, the cherry mostly in the form of a tartness that cuts the roast and dark chocolate. Finishes with chocolate wafer and ash. The cherry is perhaps a touch too much for the base beer, which still retains most of its original character. bwa5879 (962) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Black pour with no head. Average carbonation, oily mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish that shows the ABV. Sweet robust cherry with equally strong complex roasty malt in the flavor, cocoa and coffee too. Nose is tart, funky cherry. Nice beer that makes double cream unable to be detected. koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2013
On draft at All Stouts Day. The pour is a slightly reddish dark brown with very little head and about no lace to speak of. The aroma carries notes of the chocolate and hints of cherries on top of the light creaminess and general roastyness. The flavor is similar. The chocolate and creaminess don't come through as much as the namesake. The cherries are pretty prominent and the mouth feel is a little thinner than I would like.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ebone1988 (2232) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Aroma is cherry mostly, slightly chocolate and sweet. Appearance is black with a tinge of red. Taste is a little weaker than I want, with an overwhelming cherry and significantly less chocolate. Pretty tart. Mouthfeel has soft carbonation, a little thin but not bad. Overall, pretty good but I expected more. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2013
On tap at all stouts... Murky ruddy reddish dark brown hue and topped with a flimsy off white head... Old fruit, dirty cherries, darker malt aroma. Unrefined. ... Lively spritzy dark fruit with a touch of cherry and dirty malt. Lighter bodied with prickly carbonation. Lacked execution.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Tap: Deep mahogany and brown around the edges, black towards the center and capped with a tan head that reduces quickly to a thick and chunky collar. Aroma is pretty light and subdued, but still nice. Mild cherry sweetness, not approaching sour territory, with cocoa notes, residual brown sugar, and a very muted bourbon-y oak and vanilla finish. Very muted on the barrel aging notes, but I’m okay with that. Taste is lightly sweet cherries around the edges with a center of milky cocoa nibs, mild oak, sweet vanilla, a bit of brown sugar-y residual-like sweetness and again, a very soft inclusion of bourbon. Very, very nice beer here. Awesome mouth feel from the barrel aging, on an already smooth and creamy beer. Both the barrel aging and the cherry additions were done in small quantities, but it really worked out well. This is truly a great beer and Bells should make it more often. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate milk chocolate, light cherry, and vanilla. It’s dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and lighter cherry. The finish has light roasted coffee and faint vanilla/coconut. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. crossovert (14134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Awesome beer, tastes as advertised, sweet and deserty, good in small quantities.