On tap at Growler & Gill, luscious 30th Anniversary dessert treat circa 2018. Bold oak-chipped stout enriches syrupy black chocolate malting with tart red cherry bluster. Subtle wood-charred hop bittering underscores viscous mocha cherry beauty. Black Forest cake, creamed coffee, bruised cherry, dark cocoa, chocolate truffle and raspberry puree illusions fill out the busy full body.
On tap at Taphouse 15, tart Balaton cherry juicing brings sour edge to sweet chocolate syruping, vanilla extract adjunct and oats-dried backbone, forging a sanguine Cherry Cordial warmth. Smoked mocha smidge hits mid-palate, alongside dewy tobacco roast, adding underlying acridity to sour ‘n sweet cherry pie finish.
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.