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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ [ Shorts Tasting ].
Clear dark black color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting - diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, berrys, wood. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20081108]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (43253) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a fully diminished off-white head. Roasted malty and light cherry aroma. Dry malty and vague fruity with a mild smoke dry ashtrayish aroma. Dry amlty finish with a light metallic note. Mild cherry note into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (36462) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
Bottled. A black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of chocolate as well as light notes of cherries. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a lighter notes of cherries and a slight acidity. Both the roasted malt and acidity helps to make it very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (27286) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle. Black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Light roasted aroma of chocolate and cherries. Roasted flavour of chocolate, cherries and hops. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (26415) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 27, 2010
Bottled. Quite much black colour (if not black, atleast extremely deep ruby/amber/brown opaque), with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel malts, roasted malts, strong liquorice some wet smoked wood as well as some fruits, vanilla and slightly sour dark berries. Flavour is rather much the same in a very nice balance. Smooth and rather easy to drink for still being quite close to 9 % abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Completely opaque black with a rough light brown head. Burned malt aroma. Medium body with burned ashy malt notes, a light fruitiness, some vanilla and a burned malt bitter finish. I cannot really pick up any cherries as such. 311008

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (20221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
<i>Tasting at Papsoe</i>
Black color. A quite good strong Porter, with a good balance of chocolate and roasted malts; the cherry just gives a pink shade in the head and a light sourness. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
A: The pour is dark, dark brown, some might call it black. Very little carbonation and no head. S: A strong note of fleshy black cherries along with a nice bit of dark chocolate and a mild roasted character. Pretty solid combination here. T: The cherries are fairly sweet which is balanced nicely by the roasted malts of the base porter. A good underlying chocolate flavor which provides a bit of sweetness and very little bitterness. M: The carbonation is very low, nearly non-existent but it doesn’t seem to distract from the enjoyment at all. Medium in body and still a bit light on the tongue even with the lack of bubbles. D: I was surprised how much cherry flavor was still present in the beer, but pleasantly so. The alcohol is well hidden and a really nice drinking experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2008
Bottle at home. Black - brown head. Burned, cherry, dryness, licorice, berries, smooth, tarness, nutty, chocolate. A bit thin body and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (14196) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Pours ruby color with an average frothy brown head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted dark chocolate, dark cherry and malt aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture and flat texture. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a could have been a standout porter, soft finish.

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