StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Been wanting to try this one for a while now, and thanks to mcbackus, I finally get to! Pours black with a red hue. Aroma has a slight chocolate scent, with sour cherry more apparent. Disappointingly watery on the palate, but has a good sour cherry flavor, with a little chocolate mixed in, and a creamy texture that I really enjoyed. A little too thin and weak for a beer that I was hoping would be strong and full of flavor, but still a treat to try. Tastes pretty close to Bells cherry stout, and that isn’t all that bad! ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2009
Best beer I sampled on my brewery tours at my Stag night. Pours a dark black. Great chocolatey roasted malts, light yet creamy body. Just a hint of cherris, which is just perfect. RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2011
on tap. black colour. huge chocolate and roasty aroma. very thin flavour and mouthfeel. i didnt get any cherries. overall not bad, just a little to thin for my liking. HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Thanks to csbosox. Poured a dark black/brown with a hint of red. Thin head. Chocolate with some sour cherry in the aroma. Roasted malt and sweetness to start. Long dry finish with some chocolate malt. More cherry in the nose than the flavor. Slight twang. oakbluff (455) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 4, 2008
Pours quite dark with some garnet in colour. Vanilla looking head with reasonable lacing. Nose- powdered choclate with strong cherry. taste- burnt roast with solid cherry coming through. Dry roast/chocolate finish. The finish is more dry than expected. Carbonation is on the heavy side- would be more drinkable with less fizziness.
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
On tap. Black pour, big tan head. Aroma is cocoa, coffee. The cherries don't really show up until it warms, so definitely not overpowering. Medium body. I'm not getting much of anything off this, although it does have a unique cocoa finish. Like real cocoa mom used to make in a pot, except without the sugar. Slight sour cherry on the finish. It's solid but there's something missing.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 Cask at The Victory Café, Toronto - came deep black, opaque, with a medium light brown, chocolatey head. Look great. Aroma is extremely faint, and almost undetectable. Flavour is very subtle as well, with almost everything coming forward right at the finish, lingering a little into the aftertaste. I wanted this to be a lot bigger and more robust, but as it is it’s quite thin in body and light in flavour. I detect almost no chocolate anywhere in there, and only the slightly amount of cherry in the finish. This cask version was nicknamed "Cherry Bomb" as it has more cherry in it than the bottle or keg version - strange. Roasted malts and some milk coffee notes finish this off. It’s certainly decent, but not excellent, while most Black Oak seasonals are. What is going on is nice, but it needs way more presence. Actually, this was strikingly similar to their Nutcracker Porter, but not as good and less flavourful. Looking forward to trying the bottle, which I hear is better.
UPDATE - on tap at Magpie, this was much much better. Fuller flavour, roastier aroma, chocolate and cherry notes coming through, but far from overly sweet or intrusive. Nice sour tartness from the cherries. A much more distinctive stout than the cask version I’d sampled previously. My rating now reflects this keg version. RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2010
I don’t like fruit beers. But this was exquisite. Not a thick stout really, was more like a porter, but luckily porter is my favorite style. Chocolate and cherry flavours are obvious but well-blended into the malt and hops. This might just be one of the best tasting drinks I’ve ever had. whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2011 On Tap at BarVolo. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of dark malt, syrup and coffee, not too much cherry. flavour is syrup and dark chocolate with muted cherry flavour. somewhat tart. watery mouth-feel. Felt that the cherry flavour was interesting but not all that well integrated. Meanwhile body was pretty light and watery. strowlands8 (274) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2010
Pours black, small brown head with lots of lacing. Aroma is lots of roasted malt with some coffee and just a small hint of cherry. Taste is similar with some tart sweetness as from the cherries. A little over carbonated, and little un-intense flavourwise, but still quite good.