Tmoney99 (15211) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Draft sample. Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted dark chocolate, cherry and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet roasted dark chocolate cherry flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
Dogbrick (14387) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale on 08/27/2011. Pours black with a minimal light beige head that is gone quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate and nuts and a hint of cherry. Rich body with a chocolatey character that mostly dominates the black cherry in the background. Some roasted nut flavors as well. The finish is nutty and chocolatey. Good overall but one of the lesser treatments in my opinion. alexsdad06 (11381) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Draft sample @ 8/27 bottle release. Pours dark brown/black with a medium sized tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma is very similar to the original with the addition of some dark cherry fruitiness and enhanced chocolate character. The flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, dark cherry with the nice black walnuts found in the original. I liked this, but have it just a notch below the vanilla. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Thanks to brad! Nearly black, brown head. Aroma is loaded with rich chocolate, cherries, fudge and light tartness. Flavor is a tart chocolate covered cherry!! phaleslu (10957) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2013
I was lucky to have urbancaver share some of his sample with me, the last pour of this beer for the weekend as the keg kicked. Pours a deep, opaque brown with a small beige head. Malts hit first- chocolate, roast, toast- then a mellow sweet cherry character emerges, along with molasses and walnuts. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry, malty, roasty mouthfeel. Just the right amount of cherry and not too tart. Really nice and balanced. Tasty.
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2012
On tap at Jackie-Os, served in a snifter. Pitch-black color, a little bit of medium-brown head. Awesome chocolate syrup nose-smell. Lovely dark bitter chocolate aroma, the cherry accent works very well with it. Not over-powering. Good sweet and bitter taste that lasts well through the aftertaste. Light, crisp smooth carbonation. Nice drier texture. Some tart sweetness. BuckeyeBoy (9216) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2017
Bottle things to Toby pours out black topped with a brown head. Nose is Big Rich chocolate cherries some fudge a little bit of nutty notes and coffee. Tastes is more of the chocolate cherries candy like some vanilla wood. Very good JaBier (8445) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Sample at the brewpub on 8/26/11. Darkest brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of walnuts, chocolate, roast and cherry. Chocolatey flavor with nuts and cherry character before a roasty finish. JStax (7392) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Poured on draft into a sampler glass. Appearance is black with a thin, tan/purple head if foam. Aromas of chocolate and cherry come to the forefront with notes of coffee and vanilla making their presence known further in. Taste is mostly chocolate, but there is a slight cherry presence in there behind the coffee. This is a nice, subtle rendition of the Oil of Aphrodite. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
Bottle shared at Dark Lord Day 2012 (Munster, IN). Pours a rich blackish hue, rich and opaque with a frothy tannish head that dies to a film, laces ok. Aromas are dark chocolate, dark cherries, sweeter with cocoa, some spirit, vanilla, toffee, and some lovely essence. Initial is medium bodied a touch a thinned withj dark cherries, black cherries, touches of spirit, some cocoa, coffee, and toffee. Vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Middle is sticky malts, touches of barrel, spirit grows. A touch inviting, finish is dry and mellow barrel, lingering cherry. Very nice.