Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2012 12 ounce bottle courtesy of MrPickles. Thanks! Opened 6/7/10. Pours a orange-brown color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of candied cherries, a milky note and some brown malts. The taste is dominated by cherries, both fresh and candied, with a lightly roasty note and some nutty notes. Medium bodied and smooth. Cherry stouts are a style that do not agree with me at all, and this like all the others has a medicinal quality. That said, this is very good and if I liked the combination of roasted malts and cherries, I would love this one. 7/3/8/4/14crossovert (14135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Had a bottle at CaptainCougar’s, shared by Captain Cougar. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of tart cherries, molasses, roasted malts and honey. The taste is tart cherries, faint roasted malts, honey. Medium bodied. Very, very nice. 9/3/8/4/18
Pours a dark brown/black with a thin, quickly dissipating off-white head leaving no lacing.
It smells exactly like Wisconsin Belgian Red, no stout scent whatsoever. It is a nice sweet cherry pie scent with a hint of oak.
The taste brings in more stout flavors, this is chocolate covered black cherry beer. This is far from a conventional stout. It has some slight oaky notes as well. Not much tartness, mostly just sugar sweet cherries. It is almost like they just added 10% stout to a bottle of Wisconsin Belgian Red. Interesting.
I like it better than Bell’s take of the style. It is an immensely unique beer. It looks like a stout 100%, tastes like cherries 95%. Black cherry brew anyone?
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-10-2010 01:36:25 argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2006
(12oz bottle) Medium beige head atop a crystal clear mahogany body. Aroma is medium sweet, cherry, chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry (Belgian red cherry!), some chocolate, tart. Medium body, some stickiness. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy cherry, light cookie and caramel malt with no hops. Flavor is heavy cherry, light chocolate malt with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, light warmth. Christian (13930) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2007
Reddish very dark brown with a disappearing white head. Aroma dominated by cherry (acid-y) and oak which has notes of vanilla and coconut. Sweet with fruity acid and a long lasting dryness. Very interesting experiment, but the coconut turned me off.
j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby hued dark brown with a medium large soft beige head, very creamy. Initially smells a bit like Luden’s cough drops. Huge cherry aroma. Smelling this blind, I’d never peg it as something dark, just piles of cherry. Really big sweet cherry at the start, a bit like pie, vague hints of roast and toffee in there. Very tasty. Finishes with a bit more touches of roast, but still pretty much hidden by the cherry. Again, blind I doubt I’d even pick up some of the stout notes, apart from it having a bit more body than I’d expect from a fruit beer. Another tasty fruit beer from New Glarus, but I guess that really shouldn’t surprise me. hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
12oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Enemy (as part of his surprise, unsolicited box of beers!) - thanks! Pours a deep ruby red color with a smaller sized off white head. Where to start on the aromas! Aromas of oak, vanilla, light cherries, light chocolate, some smoke, and whisky. Nice and complex with something new every sniff I took. Everything blended and worked perfectly. Tastes of strong cherries with light oak, vanilla and chocolate. Sweet and tart. In my book, New Glarus is definitely on top when comes to fruit beers. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2006
(Bottle, courtesy of Lumpy) Pours a dark brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate covered cherries. Flavor of chocolate covered cherries and a bit of woodiness with an oily mouthfeel. Not particularly stout-like. slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"more tart cherries than the Bell’s version, which i also like. just depends what you’re in the mood for i guess. not a lot of stout qualities come through in this thinnish dark brown ale. just a touch of chocolate and roasted malt after the tasty intense cherry flavors. i like it about the same as Bells, but it’s a totally different brew. this is a very nice cherry beer w/a side of stout, while Bell’s is a stout w/a side of cherries"
Sammy (13012) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2012 More cherry than stout, and good deal of sourness in finish. Reddish tinge to black stout, pinkish foam. Good amount of lace. Well carbonated and a tongue numbing, very drinkable as long as you like the sourness. Barrel woodiness mid sip satisfying cherry aftertaste. Thanks Flyingbison. Upgraded it with a two-year aged version consumed 5 years later.