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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A dark, rich and complex full-bodied beer, with a hint of black cherries. A popular seasonal for many, this porter makes a great holiday beer or simply a nice winter warmer. Available in winter.

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3.6
nuplastikk (6456) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Sample at Hops Haven. Sweet, pronounced sugary, chewy aroma. opaque brown black with a thin. oily beige head. Mellow carbonation, some cough syrup tones. Mellow vanilla chocolate tones. OK.

4
thegreenrooster (4562) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is as advertised. Lots of chcolate and cherry. Flavor is a nice dark cherry mixed with a very thick dark chocolate. Reminded me of the cherry cordial’s you would get in the Whitman’s sampler. This was a very tasty beer and prob my fav at GTMW 2010.

3.7
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Sampled on our Great Lakes beer tour. At the first sip, I was doubtful, but by the time I was finished, I was sold. Tastes like a dark chocolate-dipped cherry cordial. Aroma is cherries, roasted malt and hops.

3.4
esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2008
On tap at Hops Haven Brew Haus. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate covered cherry, perhaps a chocolate covered black cherry. Funny the description says a hint of cherry but that’s pretty much all the aroma is. Somewhat of a let down when I get to tasting it, but this isn’t a very good brewery so it’s to be expected. Taste of choclate, cherry and dark malt. Over carbonated as are most of their beers.

3.2
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2008
A nice full bodied brew with plenty of flava. Tons of black cherry aroma hovering above the glass. pours a brownish black colour with a full brown head. semi rich, semi sweet. very smooth and rich on the palate.

3.2
RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Roasty chocolate/coffee/toffee porter-like flavors mixed with sweet b;lack cherries. First few sips were fine, but I began to obsess with the notion that I was tasting a Smith Bros. cough drop in my beer. Not really a bad beer, yet not one I’d reorder.

3.1
JPDIPSO (6287) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Very dark brown with a touch of rudy when held to the light. Medium dark beige head. Aromas quite similar to the Old Port with dark malt and chocolate, but with a hint of cherry. Dark cherry flavors, akin to kool-aid, mixed with a porter do sum up the start. The later parts have a bitter cherry pit, medicinal quality. Old fashion cough syrup meet porter type brew.

3.8
Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2007
On tap at the Hops Haven brewpub in Sheboygan, WI. Pours a dark cola caramel colored brew with a light tan head. Some spotty lacing. Aroma of black cherry, a slight chocolate and nutty character. Taste is thick full bodied with more black cherry flavor than chocolate roasted malt. Finish is sweet with little hop bite but a cherry aftertaste. An interesting fruit porter and could see this marketed as a terrific Christmas porter.

4
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2006
On tap at Hops Haven. This was the star of the evening... Poured a clear, deep brown with garnet highlights and a medium beige head. Nose was primarily of black cherry skins with dark roasted chocolate malts in the background. Cherries were dominant in the flavor, too.. which turned out brilliantly... deeply-roasted dark chocolate and coffee bitterness were very supportive.. tangy black cherry finish lasted for a while. At least medium-bodied on the palate.. grainy at times, but still felt good. I would love to see more brewers use these cherries.

3.7
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Enjoyed at Great Taste of the Midwest. Black body with tan head. Nose bursting with sweet cherry/chocolate aroma. Very impressive aroma. The taste was a slight step back from the nose, but still pretty damn decent. Roasted malts and toffee to the forefront, subdued raspberries as well. There was a slight aftertaste of stickly sweet cherry flavoring, but it’s a small price to pay for an otherwise nice porter.


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