joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Very dark brown w/ frothy brown foam. Roasty, dark chocolate aroma w/ a light cherry fruitiness in the background. Medium-full-bodied w/ light acidic touches.
Rich, roasty, chocolate cake flavour w/ a subtle cherry tartness. Well-balanced w/ a surprisingly bitter, earthy finish. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
Sampled at the Winking Judge Spring Fest 05. Dark brown pour. Nice sweet chocolate notes and just a faint touch of cherry in aroma - very cake like and nice. Mouthfeel was on the lighter side for a stout but certainly adequate. Taste was a well balanced mix of roaster chocolate flavours and a bit of cherry. I thought this made for a very nice combo - well done Black Oak. It got me thinking that we have very few Ontario stouts, so kudos for trying one. pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
Pours a lovely brown, with orange hints at the edges. Aroma is pure chocolate, with little cherry aroma evident. Mouthfeel is nice, but could use just a little more body. Flavour is well balanced with cherries in the background. A tough beer to brew, as fruit, esp. cherries are a delicate balancing act. Nicely done. dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2005
On Tap! A new beer! Whee. I like the black oak. They do a great job. subtle in roast and malt with that oh so trademark oakness . A bit of cherry and a nice bitter finish. A great brew from the Oak. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2005
Sampled at C’est What’s Spring 2005 Festival of Small Breweries. Colour is dark ruby-brown. Aroma is chocolate & roast malt, slightly medicinal, oddly a little salty. Body is thinner than I generally like from my stouts. Flavour has a nice roastiness, some tartness from the cherry, and a well bittered finish. Some others at my table were turned off by the cherry, and grumblings of "cough syrup" were heard, but I didn’t mind it. I just wanted a bit more body to heft things up a bit.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2005
Aroma has chocolate, malt, some coffee and a hint of molasses. Darkest brown, red at the edges, and a small toffee head. Flavour has cherry, subdued roast coffee. Light bodied, with some mild bitter notes. Pretty good. I think I’d like to try this without the cherry.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2005
draught. deep black body, tiny mocha head. subtle chocolate, roasted malt aroma. a little bit of cherry peers through, moreso as it warms up. starts out milk chocolatey with a small amount of cherry tartness. finish seemed to be just a little bit on the thin side. A nice surprise from Black Oak. jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2007 July 2007. Bottle, 2007 vintage. Black body with a small tan head (3+). Sweet-tart cherries in the aroma are paired with chocolate notes that are of moderate magnitude, but are dark and rich. Sweet chocolaty malt in the flavour is accent by sweet cherry that is just a bit tart. Average to medium palate. Enjoyed this more than previous samples. Quite pleasant. 7-7+/3+/7+/3+/15? - 3.5-3.7
<P>April 2005. Draft. Black brown tinged body with a small mocha head. Slightly muted aroma of mild roast a light notes of cherry. Flavour is pleasantly mild roast and malt, with the cherry making brief appearances throughout, lingering just a touch longer Slight touch of something I can’t quite place, akin to chocolate or cocoa perhaps is a touch distracting. Enjoyable. 6/3/6/3/14 - 3.2