Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Pour was dark and fizzy, as was the nose? The head was tan with red highlights. There was a distinct sour cherry nose. DAMN! The taste ran the gamete from Sweet-malty to tart cherry to sour after taste. This one may not be a top 50, but a rare treat and worth experiencing. barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
reddish brown on the pour with a very fast fading head. nose is oak, vanilla and sour cherries. flavor is more of the same but as this one warms, the tart cherries really come to the fore, middle and tail. even with the strong backbone of cherries, this is a well crafted beer with a nice mix of flavors. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Pours a dark cherry color with quickly diminishing head. Aroma is wood, vanilla, tart cherry. Taste is tart and sour cherries with the oak aged barrel taste following next and finishing with a hint of sweet chocolate and cherry taste. It’s a very complex beer but not my favorite style. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 mmmmmmm details cometh sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo new batch of this is oddly similar to belgian red. Still delicious, but the stout component has dropped significantly, like a less sweet (but only slightly) than the red. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2010 Bottles provided by Ughsmash. Transparent very dark mahogany, super carbonated head makes it look like a cola. Head fades to nothing in a matter of seconds. Aroma, has a rather nice sour/tart cherry character to it. Very faint chocolate and spice notes in the background. Maybe cinnamon? I don’t know can barely pick it up. Oak, vanilla. Flavor very flemish sour/brown ale-like. Lots of tart cherry initially, through the middle comes across overripe. Faintest chocolate towards the end, with lots of oak/woody tannin like character in the finish. IMO does not resemble a stout but whetever it is, it’s very well done. Newer bottle, creamy smooth body, no spice evident, oak/vanilla character is bigger. Seems more well rounded than the first batch.
ninobrown (16) - USA - MAR 19, 2006
Very dark brown with a hint o’ red. Dominated by tart cherry flavor and scent. Probably a bit unbalanced/ lacking in beer characteristics. Quite good, though, and better than many fruit "beers." Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is very vinuous and loaded with oak. Moderate tart cherry mixed with vanilla and very light chocolate. Pours a mostly transparent dark mahogany with a small beige head with the slightest pink tint. Flavor is loaded with cherries, mostly sweet but some tart. Strong oak notes are present throughout. There is an apple presence that coincides with the cherry. Light vanilla and minimal chocolate. Light roasted coffee can barely sneak by all the cherry and oak in the finish and aftertaste giving it it’s only flavor similarity to an actual stout. Mouthfeel is a tad fizzy. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2006
The moment I opened this beer, I instanly though of a lambic style. A very sour and tart acidic aroma of cherry and chocolate. This is complex and I haven’t even poured it. Once in the glass, I feel like I am looking at a liquid cake - dark chocolate with sweet cherry drizzled all over it. The body looks somewhat thin, being nearly opaque but lettign enough light shine through that you can see the deep ruby mixed ino the normally brown stout. There was only a fine head that became a thin ring with a few splotches in the middle. A really lite fine carbonation that floods tart cherries into your mouth. Burnt chocolate flavours and an oak flavour that coats the top o fmy mouth. I can’t say that I dig the flavour 100%, but I am so impressed with how well everything is blended. Compared to Bell’s cherry stout, this is so well made I can’t even compare. The cherry compliments the other flavours in this and the oak aging is very well done. I’m going to give this a 20 overall as I think it is perfectly made, despite me not being a huge fan of some of the underlying flavours. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Bottle thanks beertime: Deep reddish color, very little head. Aroma has some really tart cherries. Flavor was kinda tangy, with a nice malt base. The oak aging lends a nice woodiness to the finish, gave it a bit of a wine like character to me. Definitely unlike anything I have had before. But I really enjoyed it. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Black body with fine carbonation creating a thin white ring of bubbles on top. Mellow aroma of sweet cherry, toasty oak and light chocolate sweetness. The kickin’ rad flavor really makes up for the lacking aroma. Big sweet cherry flavor a la Belgian Red dominates with a clean chocolate cookie in the background. It’s so well blended it tastes like the dark malts were part of the cherries in the first place. The finish has a light sour zest reminiscent of pie cherries and brettanomyces. Medium mouthfeel with no distracting carbonation, just enough to not make it heavy on the palate. An inspired creation.