SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 20, 2006
2006 bottle consumed on 6/14/06. Pours a dark blackish color with a small off white head. a red hue singes the top and bottom of the beer. Nose is sweet and cherry like with some cocoa powder. Palate is kinda thin with a stingy feeling to it. Mouth is sour cherries and the chocolate seems to have disapeared or been overtaken by the cherries. def not balanced well. User37895 (3042) - - JUN 30, 2006
Again, thanks to Bert! An interesting beer, ruby red, deep with color, definitely not stout-like in appearance. Thin head covering. Aroma was chocolate and cherry. Flavor was chocolate, cherry, and wood (cedar? I liked Bert’s term, "sawdust"). Light tartness. No roast or other stout properties. Thin mouthfeel. sloth (2906) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Small light brown head, retention is OK, little laceing. Clear, ruby red/ brown color,a not very Stoutish appearence. Nose is woody, sawdust, cedar notes, cherry, berry notes, faint roastiness. Wood dominates. Body is med/light, lightly spritzy. Light spicey cherry flavors, wierd wood. Chocolate? roast? A Stout? What the hell is this? Dry, spicey finish. Props to OhioDad for the trade! ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2006
Bottle (thanks to Kevin). Sweet/sour aroma as you open the bottle. Dark brown with a reddish tint. Small head which is quickly reduced. As you pour a hefty artificial candy like aroma hits your nose followed by notes of stale red wine and vanilla. The flavor is dominated by the same candy like sweetness as the nose followed by some caramel, and almonds. Balsamic vinegar shows up as it warms. I do not taste much stout in this one. Rather fizzy with nice mouth feel below the Co2. The beer gets better as you get down the glass, but it it tastes artificial (even though it probably isn’t). Too sweet for me. It tastes like a light stout with cherry concentrate and sugar added at bottling and then pasteurized??? Rerate 6 minutes later: Had it with a piece of my mother in laws brownie, which made it better (from 2.7-3.1) - but still not beer I would like to try again. JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Pours brownish black with red highlights. Toasted malty hop and cherry aroma with a flavor to match. Definitely not a fan of this pairing - very much a 50/50 stout/cherry split.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - MAY 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2007 I just didn’t like this beer as much as most others appear to have liked it. It was just too much cherry-- but maybe I’m not a big fruit beer fan. If you like cherry-- the cherries are definitely promiinent in this flavor profile. weitz15 (585) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2010
I was disappointed here. A slightly cherry aroma, but the taste was weighed down with a full body lacking in hops or cherry flavor. Not bad, but NG usually does better with their unplugged series. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Aroma is a bit off-putting. It reminds me, uncannily, of Luden’s Cherry cough drops. Flavor is a quite pronounced sweet-tart cherry that dominates. lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle from a trade with Beerlando. Thx. The pour is dark rubi red with a thin edgy pink head. The aroma bares strongly the notes of artificial or preserved and sweetend cherries - just like the ones we use in our rice pudding at christmas. Besides the cherry there are some faint caramelnotes in the aroma too. The taste is odd and still it strikes me that the cherrys seems artificial and not fresh, sour and tempting. They are all sweet. Besides the markedly cherry there are strong notes of sugar candy and caramels. I dont really think that it has the body to back up the taste. Its quite thin but with a creamy palate that also has a pickin attitude from the alcohol. stevie77 (7) - Belgium, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2012 does not count
Was expecting a stout, didn’t realize it was a fruit beer. It comes across as a milder Wisconsin Belgian red, if I had to choose between the two to drink I’d go with this. Sweet, tart, cherry, thin, bubbly. I know a lot of people who like it but I’m not a fan of the style.