Low69caprice (100) - Yucca valley, California, USA - SEP 10, 2015 mcberko (17854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, bonus’d by ekoerper (thanks Ed), pours a dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma screams truckloads of cherries - nothing artificial about them - smells like pure, fresh cherries, along with a touch of the oak barrels, though not very prominent. There isn’t really any notice that this is a stout. Flavour brings out potent cherries upfront, atop a more recognizable (than the nose) stout background. There is a thick malt backing that gives the cherries a big body to sit on top of, making it even more complex. Oak barrels round this off beautifully, but intensifying the complexity. This is truly superb. Cherry (or any fruit) stouts have never succeeded to impress me... until now. Most excellent stuff.
Black pour tan head cherries and coffe roast in aroma. Medium mouthfeel with cherries all in. Finishes stout like with cherries in finish. Broncowaldon (129) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Awesome cherry aroma with some roast going on as well. Perfect stout characteristics with awesome cherry flavors. A perfect balance of the two! bytemesis (8451) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle thanks to Homer! Pours cloudy reddish mahogany, small beige head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is SOOOOOO cherry, maybe a bit of chocolate as well. Flavor is fully sweet, tons of cherries, a touch of chocolate. Medium body, low carbonation, creamy, some acidity. cfrancis (3456) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Thanks to a BIF box of years past. Pours cola black with a think fizzy white top that quickly disappears. Aroma is sweet cherry, a little tart but mostly sweetness. Taste is again very tart like a cherry juice but backed with the complexity of a stout, the roasted malts and oak dryness just add amazingness to this beer. Want more. slowrunner77 (12051) - 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"
bhensonb (15251) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle as Unplugged from Bu11zeye. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is extreme cherry. Tad sour. Med body. Flavor is very red cherry with sugar and tartness. Touch of oak . Finishes very, very cherry. Nice stuff marcus (10232) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a tiny beige head and a strong cherry aroma. There is a mellow cherry flavor, the Great Lakes version of Schaarbeekse, with a hint of oak. Very nice. oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours cola with white head. Big cherry aroma. Taste is great roasted malts with sour cherrys. Mellow clean taste amazing stuff. BiiruBierBeer (1049) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Heavy cherry smell. Tastes like Belgian Red mixed with a bit of nice stout that gives it a bit of a chocolate covered cherry taste. This beer is absolutely delicious in every way. It’s a shame that this is a Thumbprint rather than an annual release since I would absolutely love to have as much of this as possible. ccex (1313) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2014
On tap at Brat Stop, Kenosha, WI. Pours a clear dark red with small pink head. Aroma is predominantly dark cherries, with a touch of sweet chocolate. This tastes more like cherry soda than a beer, but is interesting nonetheless. Body is medium with average carbonation and a soft palate.