RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Robust imperial porter fermented with 780lbs of Michigan sweet black cherries.

I’ve been brewing this beer every summer since 2004, so it’s essentially the odd beer in the series. We bottled it as a ’safety’ beer in case I couldn’t finish the rest of the series in time. Every year when the sweet black cherries are ripe and falling off the trees we go fill up our giant tub full of cherries. Every year I have processed the cherries differently. The first time I attempted to mash them up by stomping on hem with my bare feet. After lots and lots of mashing and frozen purple toes, I went to a blender. One pitcher at a time for 500 pounds they were chopped and tossed into the fermenter. The following year I tried pressing them with an apple press with struggled results. On this particular batch I bought pitted cherries and went back to the blend, one pitcher at a time until all 500 lbs. were blended and poured into the fermenter. Northern Michigan is a leading cherry produced in the United States primarily with the tart cherry production. Its sweet cherry production ranks in the top four with the Grand Traverse region producing 80% of the production at 50 million pounds. Cherries contain anthocyanins which are strong anti-oxidants that reduce pain and inflammations. Cherries also contain melatonin which is great for strengthening the immune system. They are rich in vitamin C and potassium which is good for your skin and for a healthy heart. Sweet cherries date back to pre-historic Asia. They have been enjoyed for centuries by Roman conquerers, Greek citizens and Chinese noblemen. Pliny the Elder tells us they arrived in Italy around 74 B.C. They made their way to Britain and across the ocean a few hundred years later. The Black Cherry Porter Recipe was our very first "imperial" strength beer ever brewed at SBC. I remember nearly overflowing the mash tun with malt until it crested the top of the man way doors, and staying with it all night long because the thick heavy mash made the process extremely slow. This beer was important to include in the series because it’s a good example of the ridiculous amount of work we put into the imperial series. We try to keep our ingredients fresh and local, putting the power of the smallness back into the hardworking Northern Michigander. This is one example of a luscious American porter touched with a subtle essence of Northern Michigan sweet black cherries.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Tap @ Shorts: The bottled non-imperial version I had of this was infected beyond belief - tasted like old steak sauce & a mouthful of vinegar. Luckily this imperial version was on-point, on tap nonetheless. Lightly roasted malt character comes alive with a bitter cocoa presence to back up the tart cherry purée side of the brew. Yes, it’s mildly tart, but this time around it tastes like tart fruits rather than just pure, puckering vinegar & acetic acid. Thin body, roast & a hint of char lingers on the palate once the cherry notes die off. A good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpar73 (1097) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Very dark red pour with a tan head. Black cherry is the aroma and taste. A nice, dank dark fruit finish. A classic Short’s beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (6536) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle: Thanks Madmitch: Batch 214: Bottle No. 636/792: Medium sized lively brown foamy head on top of a pitch black colored beer. Aromas of oatmeal, dark chocolate, roast, light manure, light cacoa, some trash, some raisin, some cherries and some toffee. Seems like the cherry changes a bit into butter milk... Flavours of roast, butter milk, bitter, dark chocolate, some lacto/light infection tones, light hint of cherries, some yeast, herbs, malt and herbal roast, some coffee, some cream, some earth, raisin and iron. Aftertaste is bitter, roast, dark chocolate, lacto tones, some dark fruits and light liquorice wood/bay leaf tone. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied and a creamy texture. Compelx, easy drinkable and good in balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2013
Gedronken met countbeer en dutchdrebus. Dankzij countbeer. Zwarte kleur met ern bruine schuimkraag. Ruikt zoet, chocolade en een beetje roasty. Smaakt fruitig, zoet, roasty, chocolade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (5869) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle 636/792 thx to countbeer @ countbeer. Pitch black colour with a small to medium sized, light brown head. Smells menure, chocolate, sweet, roasty. Tastes cherry, chocolate, roasty, red fruits, a hint of sour.. Pretty nice. Medium to full body, soft carbo, slightly silky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (2021) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2012
bottle. pours a black with massive tan head. aroma of roasted nuts and tart cherry. taste is medium body lots of smoky roasted malt and sweetness and tang from the cherry

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2012 (Bottle) Pours black with almost no head. The aroma is earthy and medium roasted with some nice (not too sweet and not too tart) berry notes. Undertones of sugar, chocolate and light caramel. The flavour is chocolaty roasted with a very subtle tartness from the cherries. Bit burned, almost smoked on the finish. The light burned malt plays well with the cherry notes. The mouthfeel is soft and light carbonated. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: January 07, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: black, fine brown head, sudsy lace
Aroma: sweet cherry aroma, ligt musty character, touch of chocolate
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of cherry tartness that turns into a funky tartness, light fruity sweetness, bit of dark chocolate bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2011
750ml bottle. Aroma of milky chocolate, deeply roasty malts, faint cherry and associated tartness, light coffee and cream. Opaque black color, head is fine and slight. Roasty, very lightly sweet, gently tart and fully malty flavor profile, with semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, mild but complimentary fruitiness and a rich, roasted malt finish. Smooth, drying feel, body has substantial heft to it. Pretty nice. Thanks to Bill for sharing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (4088) - Kansas, USA - NOV 7, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by ?hwwty4. Pour is black, some ruby cherry reddness, along with a smallish tan head. Aroma is nice black cherry, fruit sweetness, tiny bit of tartness, along with roast, thought the roast is in the back and somewhat muted. Taste is the sweet cherry, bright fruit (pretty much none of the tartness from the nose), roast malt, and finishes with some vanilla sweetness. Palate medium to heavy, coats the mouth some. Nice one, thanks for sharing Bill.

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