Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout - Nantahala Brewing Company
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Who knew that the taste of the Smoky's would manifest in a beer with dessert-like tendencies. But in chasing the taste of chocolate covered cherries, too timid and the beer becomes cola. Too bold and you loose the beer. What's a brewer to do?
The dark ale pours with a creamy viscosity that layers smoothly in the glass. Its lavish heavy-brown color is slightly tinged with crimson. Its fledgling foam structure and lace soon succumbs to the oils of the beer after initially charming the eye wit a rich, cream lather.
Its malty aromas of toffee, caramel and coffee-type roast are all wrapped in a cocoon of chocolate and vanilla. The counterpart to malt is the sharp bing cherry scent, whose acidity balances the richness of malt. With little in the way of hops- its the chocolate and cherry focus that carry the nose.
Its taste is equally as dedicated to the notion of chocolate covered cherry as it bittersweet chocolate flavor and candied cherry taste takes command on the early palate and rides the wave deep into finish. All the while, the stout-like nuances of dark roast coffee, charred toast, light campfire, roasted nuts and burnt sugar offer their slim ribbons of complexity here and there. The acidity from cherry buffers against the sweetness and bleeds into the char seamlessly.
Its rich body is creamy, velvety and lush. As the carbonation is slow to recede, the texture lasts deep into the session, playing on the palate like silk. Its warm and tangy finish offers just enough reprieve to keep the stout drinkable and decadent.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout is an effortless taste that's dedication to capture the taste of the candy causes it to lack complexity and intrigue. But in how it captures that taste is irresistibly seductive. Give me another please!
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 18:20:14 | More by BEERchitect
4.06/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Slips oughta the growler a near black body with an initially tall, albeit collapsing, dark tan head.
Smell: A little toast, a bit more roast, some coffee and the inferred notes smelling of chocolate and cherries.
Taste: A roasty start with coffee-toned dark malts with an additional bitterish chocolate edge. Moderately fruity dark cherry taste with a modest tartness. Light hops, lightly bitter. A curtain of roastiness pulls back, giving gentler flavors of cola and semi-sweet chocolate to enter. Malty, smooth, and yet still fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A good, tasty beer. It's a shame my only Nantahala experiences are years apart when I pass through North Carolina.
Serving type: growler
04-26-2013 02:30:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout from Nantahala Brewing Company
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