Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2010
341ml bottle from the brewery. Black pour with a tan head. Some far off roastyness in the aroma, and some up front fruityness. Tastes like an average stout, until you hit the tart finish which must be from the cherries. Very nice beer. BTofthe4Bros (20) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
Appearance - body is a very dark brown/near black, off-white head fades quickly. Aroma - nose is nice and roasty, notable chocolate, creamy candy, ground coffee, bitter fruits. Palate/Flavour - body is full, medium-light, slick to start and tangy towards the end, again quite roasty, prominent coffee, bitter chocolate, tart cherry, cloying finish with bitter cherry and coffee. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Thanks to Josh for sharing this bottle. Pours a deep black with a medium creamy tan head that laced. Aroma of you guessed it, cherries and chocolate. Actually a nice tart cherry nose. Also getting some caramel and lightly roasted malt character. Flavor of again the cherry meets chocolate mix. The cherry is kind of a tart pit cherry and the chocolate is kind of dark chocolate. Nicely done. Spab (3842) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
341 ml bottle from brewery. Pours a very dark brown with a slight orange tinge and modest-sized mocha coloured head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of cherry. Taste is dark roasted malt with coffee and dark chocolate notes accompanied by a subtle sweet cherry flavour. Lingering coffee/chocolate bitterness in finish. Nice. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
Cask at C’est What. Deep black pour topped by a tight creamy head. The aroma is lovely. Rich cocoa, dark chocolate and light roast. Similar palate with just a touch of tartness that I can only assume is from the cherry. Not a whole lot of fruitiness or real cherry flavour. It’s nice, but I don’t think I’d peg it as a fruit- flavoured beer.
jercraigs (10374) - 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 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. 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. 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. 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.