Duping a classic German confection with mixed results, pithy black cherry influence never takes hold as equally bittersweet dark roast chocolate malting gets mired by distractingly astringent oily hop resin. Needs more focused Black Forest Cake likeness. Dried cherry blurt gains subtle cocoa, prune and grape wisps.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, bold 9.6% ABV lactic stout ferments tart Montmorency and Balaton cherries for bittersweet Madagascar vanilla bean adjunct and syrupy black chocolate malting. But its dried-fruited black cherry, blackberry and black grape influence gets buried by creamy chocolate-vanilla density at the charcoal-smeared mocha finish.
Puckering pureed cherry sourness picks up ester-y grape-cranberry tartness above scant coffee-roasted bittering. Citric acerbity negatively affects oaken cherry prop.
Eye-squinting raspberry-pureed sour black cherry tartness reinforces dry oak trim of opaque maroon-brown marvel. Soft water flow counters syrupy malt bulk, coffee bean facade, tobacco chew dash, and burnt wood tease as lemony zest traverses roasted grain finish. Chewy Black Forest cake illusion enriches cigar ash aftertaste.
Dark chocolate-dominated black cherry-fermented stout with full-bodied chocolate bon-bon essence juxtaposing refreshingly hop-fizzed overripe fruiting. Ultimately, chocolate cluster lingers longer than cherry residue, finishing closer to Cordial Grand Marnier than Hennessey as a superb after dinner treat. Brewery defunct: 2003.