juiceisloose (1637) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2017
750 ml bottle with a few months of age on it. Bottle opens with a loud hiss and starts to foam immediately which is a sure sign of infection. Pours a very dark brown and nearly black and topped by a huge, rocky tan colored foam at the head that seemingly lasts forever. The aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, dark black cherries, a touch of roast, fudge and cake malts, and a big whiff of sourness. The flavor follows with the dark chocolate, fudge, and roasted malts along with the dark, tart cherries. But the sourness from the infection is starting to take over here. Medium bodied with way too much carbonation that leads to a sour cherry and chocolate finish. I was really looking forward to this one, but its a shame I didn’t drink it right away as both bottles I had showed signs of infection. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Growler fill. Pours black, slight head. Big chocolate aroma with faint cherry. Flavor matches. This description makes it sound really basic, but this beer is complex, very well balanced, and really, really good. Truly comes across like a chocolate cake with some cherry topping. Great sipper. Braudog (6979) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Bottle. Never heard of this brewer, but you can’t give a better first impression than this one! Pours with some good body and an aroma that gives a nice little hint at what lurks beneath. This is an exceptionally well assembled combination of flavors, like a well made chocolate cake and some fresh, fruity cherries. Delicious. (#6451, 12/7/2016) jtclockwork (17942) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2016 Bottle - pours black tan head - nose/taste of cherry, chocolate cake, sweet berry - medium body vtafro (7453) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Chocolate covered cherries, light sweet aromas. Flavors are sweet dark cherry, chocolate and sweet malt tones.
nimbleprop (9085) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Crowler from Dominion, pours a watery black with some bubbly brown head. Nose has a lot of chocolate and cherry, cola too, some black tea lurking. Flavor follows as well, chocolate and malt, bright red cherry and raisin too. Finishes a little watery and a touch tannic. radagast83 (8763) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2016
4oz draft pour at Rustico Alexandria. Poured a dark ruby brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was chocolate, spiced cake, dark cherry notes. Flavor was like dark chocolate Black Forest cake. Normally I would say this wasn’t my thing, but it was darn good. Huhzubendah (3776) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2016
On draft at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.
Dark brown body with a small beige collar. Aromas of chocolate, fudge, cake frosting, sugar. Sweet throughout. Milk chocolates and rich, fudge brownie. Fun in small quantities. GenDV138 (8075) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2016
Draft sample at Dominion Wine & Beer. Thanks Tyler! Black with light tan head. Aromas of spice, chocolate, dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, dark chocolate, roast. On the sweeter side of stouts. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Homer321 (5273) - Melboring, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Draft at source. Nose is moderate fudge. Light coffee. Taste is lightly tart cherry with some bread flavors. Ok.