GenDV138 (7899) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2018 mcberko (19871) - 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.
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Courtesy of a friend, thanks Tyler! Dark brownish with beige head. Aromas of cherry, malt. Tastes of tart cherries, malt, light caramel, maybe a little cocoa. Medium body with a dry finish. Stout character mostly gets lost from all the cherry notes. Probably wouldn't guess this was a stout if I had it blind. ads135 (5215) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2017
Jess doesn’t drink a lot of beer these days, but after a sip of this one, she asked for the full pour. An exceptional fruity stout. Rich and malty, some chocolate, with a thin, acidic cherry finish. Delicious. Carlisle (865) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2017
Draft. Pours dark reddish-black with light pink-tan head and lacing. Nose of roasted malt and cherries. Cherries dominates upfront followed by some roasted malt. More cherries and cherry skins along with chocolate notes in the finish. jbruner (5470) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2017
Pours a deep reddish brown from 2017 bottle with bubbly khaki colored head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of dark toasted bread, lightest of roast, slight chocolate, and light metallic fruitiness. Taste is way fruitier than I was expecting, but not like the metallic cherry nose. Sweet and toasty, jammy cherry chocolate, interesting. Light for a stout, but not bad at all. superspak (6228) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/21/2017. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin, lemon, almond, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, oak, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts, cherries, and light fruity yeast/oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin, lemon, almond, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, oak, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light fruit tang/tartness and herbal/roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin, lemon, almond, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, toasted brown bread, light coffee/oak, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, cherries, and light fruity yeast/oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and tart/tangy fruit balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from fruit tang/tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly acidic/tangy/tannic/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.5%. Overall this is an excellent fruit stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, cherries, and light fruity yeast/oak barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly tart/tangy/drying finish. This is definitely different, but it works so well. Great balance of jammy cherries and a mildly roasty stout malt bill; with touches of wild yeast and oak. The mellow roast helps showcase the cherries a lot better. A really enjoyable offering.
seymour (2121) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2017
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a nucleated schooner, an opaque dark reddish brown with sudsy beige foam, long-lasting with lots of sticky lace. Malty sweet, oasty, nutty, chocolatey, hint of light-roasted coffee, fruity with a huge dose of tart cherries, a little amaretto flavour presumably from the pits. Very subdued oak-essence, just a little lacto yogurty bite like a Flanders Red ale. Light body, above-average carbonation, lingering complex cherry and stout aftertastes. Absolutely delicious, thanks Dylan! Ahuth (665) - Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2017
Bottle. Pours deep almost black red. The aroma is cherry and tartness the taste is amazing. Big cherry. Not overtly tart. And chocolate and vanilla. Mixes well. Excellent beer. Top notch for NG RobertDale (6985) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 15, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of cherries and chocolate. Taste is tart cherries, chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. Nice. markducommun (1231) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2017
Lightly clouded mahogany brown, minimal tan head. Strong tart cherry and roasted nose. Some molasses. Decently tart, quite sweet. Medium to heavy body. Long finish. Excellent. akoeninger (776) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2017
Muddy red in color. The nose is complex with cherries, oak, vinegar, chocolate. Taste is sour, tart, with hints of chocolate and cherry. Enough sweetness to stay drinkable. finishes tart and tingling with a long finish