MNAle (216) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2017
2017 Strong bourbon aroma with just the faintest hints of fruit. Almost completely opaque with a deep, dark red tone. Tan head recedes quickly to a bubbly ring with a center circle cap. Smokey taste. Lots of bourbon there as well. The cherry starts to come through as the beer warms a bit. Boozy alcohol warming the throat in the aftertaste. Smooth tasting with some tartness / bittering in the middle and aftertaste.
Johnsense (1741) - - DEC 6, 2016
Near pitch black pour, fast tiny offwhite head. Aroma is chocolate covered cherry truffles, oak, red wine, lighter booze notes. Dark chocolate gives way to sour cherry Liqueur, pinot noir, wood. Medium body with active carbonation. Drinks like a sour/stout hybrid. A sipper that begs for a black forest cake for accompaniment. Bacterial (3040) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Pour at the Great Taste of the Midwest, 2016. Not sure how I’ve missed this one previously. Dark brown pour, slightly murky. Malty with some tart cherry in the taste. Hard to find any bourbon or barrel. JaBier (8178) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle shared by a friend. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, slight bourbon and cherry. Tart cherry flavor giving way to sweet malt before a chocolate and bourbon finish. emusche (209) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Pours deep copper with minimal head. Aroma is tart cherry, faint vanilla, mild oakiness. Taste is tart cherries, whiskey, very smooth. Very good.
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phranq (250) - - JUN 15, 2016
Poured from 12 oz bottle 2016 vintage. Dark brown black pour. Aroma is tart cherry, malt, chocolate and vanilla. Gusging with cherry flavor but well ballanced. Slightly bitter finish. A very nice bourbon stout. neepsntatties (2028) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Bottle. Colour...light brown, but not quite amber, with a thin head. Nose...cherry compote and cherry crisp with hints of ethanol. Palate...dry, with dried sweet cherries, Luden’s cherry lozenges and some rolling waves of booziness. The mid palate is a bit sweeter and than the front and the finish is almost brisk with sappy cherry bark and hints of oaky tannins. mrjaxson (614) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Central Waters was scooping 80 pounds of Door County cherries into the barrel four years ago when this edition was created. As a result, it smells and tastes a lot like, well, cherries. Surprisingly light weight for a barrel-aged stout. Still nicely tart. Quite yummy. Wish I had a few more hiding in the beer fridge. Bottled Jan 2012 and consumed Jan 2016. ChrisSc (464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle from 2014 into tulip. Minneapolis.
Overall, decent. Hard to tell this is barrel aged. Missing the typical CW barrel aged aroma. I’m not sure about the style. The cherry seems to a clash a little with the barrel notes. Definitely my least favorite of the CW bourbon barrel beers. Would be better if made with Michigan cherries. alexsdad06 (10672) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2015
12 oz bottle sampled for the first time at DLD from notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had quite a bit of dark, tart cherries, roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, hints of wood, some vanilla, this was something new to me back in 07 when I had it the first time, so I would have rated it higher, subsequent tastings found it to be very good, but not like the first time, solid enough though.