Cherry Porter - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed using only the plumpest, ripest whole BC cherries, each glass of Cherry Porter is lush and creamy with a fruity aroma.

Rich and sensual, the flavour is reminiscent of Black Forest cake with sweet chocolate notes and a slightly smoky character from the roasted malts.

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 11-25-2003)
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Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

I was expecting a lot more from this beer.

Photo of andy1701
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of artemh
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BashOnABike
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 1L bottle into 4oz taster glass.

A: Minimal tan, frothy head; rosy cola colour; little lacing.

S: Sugary malt--almost Belgian--with lots of porter typically, cherry overtones and a little smoke and coriander.

T: A little underwhelming..at first: smoky porter turns to malty cherry, with a subtly-sour, long lasting aftertaste. Mmm! Vanilla, citrus and hop, with hints of cola.

M: Somewhat underwhelming, a thin body with moderate carb and a frothy finish. Avg.

O: A unique and somewhat-festive bevy which I would defy buy again. Not en everyday drinker but certainly a great house warmer or the likes.

Merry Christmas y'all!

Photo of shagal
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tonyf55
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seasonal, served on-tap at the Wild rose brewery in December 2011 in a snifter glass.

Visual (4): Really dark opaque colour. No clarity. A minimal head, but an awesome creamy tan colour that lingers on top and around the edge of the beer.

Aroma (4): Light black cherry below coffee roasted malt flavour. Burnt smell prevails, while the dark cherry flavour really wrestles to find its way around the dark malty scents. The beer was served a little too cold, and the cherry might have come through if it was warmer.

Taste (4): Slightly salty (odd), with burnt tastes of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits, mainly cherry (obviously). The burnt malt flavour lingers intensely and definitely over-powers any hop that may be present. True to a good porter taste.

Mouthfeel (4): A nice creamy mouthfeel that washes over the tounge. Carbonation is not over-powering but present and does weill to slightly subdue the powerful toasted malt flavours.

Overall (4): The look of the beer is true to the style and looks amazing in the Wildrose snifter (in the brewery). The burnt malt smell and flavour tend to be a little too dominating, almost forcing out the dark cherry flavour, if you're not looking for it.. Great as a sipping beer as the carbonation adds a complex mouthfeel that makes the burnt flavours last heavily on the pallet. Might be a little difficult for people who were expecting a Cherry beer to accept the predominant burnt flavours. Overall, an amazing winter seasonal that I'll look forward to every year.

Photo of leaddog
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- 2011 made. Poured with a creamy head. Blackish reddish in appearance. Nice lacing as well.

Smell- Tart cherries, toffee, and caramel notes.

Taste- Immediately hit with the tart cherries and a hint of coffee. Dry finish with very easy drinkability. ABV is pretty well hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied porter which has smooth consistency.

Overall- A nice offering from Wildrose. A well balanced porter that is great for the fall/winter season. I would pick up another bottle if available.

Photo of Shadman
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big assed fliop top bottle.

Black as night colour with just the faintest hints of mahogany red around the edges. Think, creamy head left oodles of lacing.

Aramo was fairly muted. Dark roast coffee, hint of dark chocolate cake. I guess I was especting something more robust.

Taste follows nose in this case except the aftermentioned flavours beccme nore pronounced. The chocolate and slightly sour cheery meld well into a dark bitter cake flavour. Some coffee notes and a slight chalkiness.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth with a medium body. No worries here.

Was a nice beer to drink last night in front of our fireplace.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampling a 1L pop top bottle of the 2010 batch, which was available Nov-Dec '10....

A- Love the bottle with the pop top....very royal looking bottle shape as well! Pours about as dark a black/brown as you're gonna find anywhere, and has just a tinge of cola hues around the top and bottom ring of liquid. The head is dense and puffy with caramel coloring. It retains very well, settling slowly from around two-three inches thick to about a half inch thick cloud. Lacing is sticky and foams nicely on my glass!

S- The aromas are dominated by freshly brewed coffee and a mild milk chocolate undertone. There is a dry roasted malt character to the finish with just a hint of cherry fruit....I was hoping to smell just a bit more of this. Maybe I'm smelling a vague alcohol whiff here as well....

T- The flavors are very much the same as in the aromas, with just a bit more of the cherry coming through. It starts with rich and roasted malts, followed by a blend of coffee and cocoa....it almost has a ground chicory root bitterness/dryness to it. The finish is where the essence of fruit is noticeable, which is nice actually, as it ends with just enough of crispy fresh cherry to warrant another drink of this elixir! I would definitely like to taste a little more of the cherry in future offerings however, but it is there!

M- Thick bodied, smooth carbonation and the alcohol hides well within the rich flavors provided here. The viscous nature of the brew glides gently over my palate, coating it well and giving me something to chew on. Good job in this department!

D- Normally I wouldn't be able to have more than a couple of porter style beers in a sitting but this one is different due to it's slightly sweet nature. It has a refreshing finish which makes me want more! I'd definitely have no problem enjoying this over an evening or more likely, with a meal! My only disappointment is that there's not as much cherry flavor as I was hoping for, but this is a minor complaint. Good job overall!

Photo of andrenaline
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a thumb of mocha head, decent retention (couple minutes), settling leaving some fine lacing.

S - Scent is definitely dominated by dark cocoa and espreso malts with a hint of cherry on the finish. The scent is muddied a bit by a chalky musty scent which is a bit odd.

T - Again, espresso and chocolate dominate, with the cherries making an appearance, but coming across quite mild. The description of Black Forest Cake is quite accurate, or alternatively some dark chocolate covered cherries. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied, goes down smooth and leaves your palette wet and awaiting more.

D - Overall this is a very tasty offering from Wild Rose. I'm glad I picked up a bottle and I would definitely recommend it to others. Don't expect an overwhelming cherry flavour, but it's a nice change from other cherry porters I've had where the cherry is too synthetic. Higher ABV goes unnoticed as well, which is quite nice.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - night sky black with tall brown head that left randoms sticky lacing
S - light dark chocolate and sweet cherry, burnt malt with light coffee notes
T - strong smoky and dark roasted malt flavours, with sweet cherry and dark chocolate building through the finish
M - smooth chewy with a carbonation kick that leaves a smoky dry sensation
D - this should be listed as a porter rather than Fruit beer, it is a legit porter with a cherry chocolate accent, a very nice offering, although I found the smokiness of it to somewhat take away from the feature flavour, BUT very drinkable

Photo of Dawkfan
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was drank/reviewed on Feb 12/10

This is an absolutely gorgeous 1L swing top bottle, it's definitely one of my favorites and seems fitting that I crack this while I'm watching the opening ceromonies for the winter Olympics.

A- This pours a deep black, no light getting through this one, with 2 fingers of soft mocha like head that leaves behind a reasonable amount of lace.

S- Mainly coffee and chocolate on the nose, I guess there's a bit of sweetness from the cherries as well.

T- The taste is much like the nose, but the cherries are more pronounced and you can also pick up a woody taste. The flavors are fairly mild, but enjoyable. This doesn't remind me of black forrest cake like the label states.

M- The body is on the lighter side for a porter, but I don't mind it and I think it works with the milder flavor profile. Still manages to be fairly smooth and creamy.

D- No problem finishing this by myself, I'm actually wishing I had more. A great beer from start to finish and one that I'll pick up again for sure.

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always liked the Cherry Porter from the big bottles, so this was a good excuse to go back to the Tap Room and try it on tap.
Black looking with only a smalll amount of light sneaking through the edges. Thin layer of foam, thin stringy lace.
Aromas of cocoa/chocolate, a little cherry sweetness, some alcohol warmth comes through as it warms. Nice porter flavors, roasted malts, a bit of smokiness. Good cherry fruit finish, noticable, but not overly sweet or artificial. Nicely balanced. Thick yet smooth mouthfeel. A nice easy to drink sipper that gets deeper and more complex as it warms up.
I always look forward to this winter seasonal.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Comes in a gorgeous, giant 1L swing-top bottle. Once cracked it pours a deep, impenetrable black with a thick, high, pillowy light tan head that leaves intricate webs of lacing.

There's not much more going on in the nose other than roast, coffee and cocoa, as well as some pear like esters. And no bad thing.

The taste is a little restrained, the roast in the nose isn't as prominent in the taste, it's more like charred wood, but it's there along with coffee and baker's chocolate joined by a nice cherry sweetness that works in harmony with the overall flavor. Slightly tart in the aftertaste. The label says the taste is reminiscent of black forest cake, and I can totally see where they are coming from. Except that I hate black forest cake and I really like this beer. Go figure. Overall just a really good balance and depth of flavor.

The body is a little light and thin with a good amount of carbonation.

I drank the 1L bottle by myself, but you'd be much better off heeding the label's suggestion to share it. One litre is too much of a good thing.

I'm normally anti-fruit-in-beer but this one's convinced me that, when done right, fruit in beer can be a good thing.

Received from stagger. Thank you once again, kind sir.

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L swing top bottle poured into pint glass dec14 2009

A black with a giant mocha head that has great retention and leaves a fair bit of lace. as the foam slowly falls it turns to a island on top of a 1/2inch head never really falling completely

S mild coffee and chocolate and a little smoke and cherry

T tastes as it smells with a little more cherry but still quite mild, and I think this is a good thing not over the top like so many other fruit beers

M silky, smooth but a little flat but that doesn't hurt its cause to much

D well worth trying and I will be drinking this again

I drank this last month at the tap room and was a little happier with my pour at home. much warmer at home and not full to the rim allowing a head to exist. to be honest that was my only complaint with the tap room is how this beer was served. all that aside one of my favorites from Wild Rose and only wish it was brewed more often

Photo of CurtisFagan
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 1 litre bottle and on tap at the Wild Rose Taproom I am so lucky to be a few short blocks away from.

Appearance: Dark, black with glints of dark red, off white head, thick and creamy, poured aggressively this head stays two fingers thick halfway down the glass.

Smell: Rich coffee, molasses and barley with a slight kick of cherry and lightly floral hops.

Taste: Big, rich chocolate, dark barley a tad bitter filled in with the molasses suggested in the nose. In comes the cherry in a gentle wave, warming with the alcohol and quenching with the light, hoppy finish leaving a lingering, bitter taste on the tongue with a slight warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth and...slippery? This was slick in the mouth, big and bold and a low medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth all over the place! A real treat!

Drinkability: I had to dock points here. More than a couple glasses of this becomes a bit too much. I polished off, (somwhat foolishly,) my whole 1L bottle by myself and I'll say that, although the overall experience for this porter was excellent, it is a big, rich deserty beer. This makes one or two awesome, but more than that would make it excessive, sort of like eating too much chocolate.

Bottom Line: Awesome beer! If you want something to put a good end note on your nights session, this is a damn fine offering from Wild Rose. If you are Canadian, do yourself a favor and grab a bottle of this deliciuos brew!

-Curtis

Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 litre swingtop bottle shared with my lovely wife as per the instructions on the bottle. POured very dark brown... in fact, make that black, with a cream coloured head that laced splendidly. The appearance is really amazing, and I'm mightily impressed. Aroma of coffee, bitter cocoa and coffee. The cherry flavour is wonderfully integrated into what is a remarkably solid porter in its own right. Great cocoa and coffee flavours, with a cherry profile always lurking in the background. Bloody excellent in fact, and one of the best fruit flavoured beers I've come across. Medium body and carbonation round things off, with a slightly waming finish.

Thanks to Alex for this excellent beer!

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Cherry Porter from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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