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Cherry Porter - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
87
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 Voonder
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby black with tan one finger head. Smell - chocolate mostly, roasted malts. It doesn't really smells like cherry though, it's kinda fruity but chocolate covers it all. Taste is chocolaty and you can better taste those cherries now. But I wouldn't call this beer fruity which is not necessarily a bad thing. It is really silky and smooth, nice warming alcohol slightly showing up, I guess it's a good Christmas brew. It's pretty drinkable for it's kind, they did really good job.

Voonder, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One litre bottle. Appearance- pours very dark with ruby highlites. Minimal mocha head. Nose- chocolate malt and stale cherry. Taste- sour cherry and chocolate milk powder. The components- (cherry and porter) don't seem to mingle well. The cherry is upfront and dies off quick leaving a thin bodied earthy cocoa flavoured flatish ale.

oakbluff, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was shopping at Sherbrooke last night for some Scottish beer, the better for my Scottish friends to cry in today, as we watched Italy finally put an end to Scotland's Euro 2008 qualification hopes. With an armful of heather, gooseberry, and scotch ale, I had almost made it to the checkout, when this bulbous, festive-looking large bottle with the Wild Rose label on it caught my eye. A ribbon of fake mistletoe hanging around the neck, I realized it was the seasonal Cherry Porter, recently arrived from the good folks down south. Having never had this beer before, I grabbed one. Today, after helping the Scots drown their sorrows, it's a quiet Saturday evening, HNIC about the only thing going on, and that big bottle with the kitschy holiday theme was burning a hole in the top shelf of my fridge.

So, after reading the previous years' reviews, it seems that the label design and text this year haven't changed, but are amusing nonetheless. I'm not quite wrapping Christmas gifts just yet, so I just dove right in. The flange enclosure popped, this beer poured a silky dark brown, almost black, with a moderate reddish-brown head, which stuck around for a few minutes. The smell was a whole lot of sour cherry, almost medicinal (cherry cough syrup without the sweetness?), as well as a little roasted malt. The taste has a bit less tart cherries, with more chocolate malt, and a faint coffee roast bitterness. There's a wee hop twinge in the finish. This is a smooth porter, the mouthfeel a bit on the light side, with a slight amount of carbonation, which perfectly suits me. The alcohol that makes this a strong ale is very well hidden, other than perhaps in the nose. As for drinkability - well, it helps that it's getting colder outside, but, I'm well on my way to finishing the entire 1L bottle, so take from that what you will...

biboergosum, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Orrshow
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – Poured very dark with deep oranges tinges. Head was minimal…really just a ring.

Smell – Smells like smoked cherry wood. There is some roasted malt as well and it is complimented by sweet nectar and honey. It’s nice but lacking in strength.

Taste – Almost all of sweet cherries. There are roasted malts as well as chocolate present. Bit of crystal malt and sourness too. All in all quite good. I liked to taste this one to the end of my bottle.

Mouthfeel – Lacking. Body is too thin. Carbonation was somewhat high. Meh.

Drinkability – Fine here. This beer is quite easy to down but a one liter bottle would be better for sharing.

I liked this Porter….but its nothing overly special. Still I might purchase it again at some point, maybe to share with my mother or something.

Orrshow, May 07, 2006
Photo of elricorico
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a hint of red or purple to it. No head left in my chalice, but a thin tan ring in my wife's glass.

The smell is a faint smoke with a bit of fruity tartness. The smell is not very strong, but is alright.

Taste starts with semi-sweet cherries and runs back to a nutty finish, most closely resembling peanuts to us. The coffee flavour is almost absent, left as an undertone. All together it makes a pleasant taste, though nothing amazing.

The beer is a little less than medium bodied with almost nothing for carbonation. This isn't a bad thing for this beer, though a bit more thickness would benefit.

A very drinkable beer, and would be a good treat to share during a winter get-together.

elricorico, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting Wild Rose brew. Fresh at least. Pours a deep dark black, cloudy with good head and lacing. Smelled kind of metallic, vanilla and malt backbone. Tastes like malted sour cherries and vanilla notes. Pretty full beer, creamy with a tart sour cherry finish. Nicely carbonated. Thanks pootz.

Viggo, May 30, 2005
Photo of pootz
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1liter Jug 1 week fresh from the Brewey. Poured a clear ruby-mahogany color with a small off white cap that goes fast to a ring...softly carbonated. Nose is interesting...coffee and cherry coke. Taste was a surprise these two tastes do marry if they are not over done..there was just enough real cherry taste to compliment the coffee and charred malt tastes giving a tart roasty cherry cola decernment. This variaton on a porter works.

pootz, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A surprise again from this brewery. Fresh seems to make a difference. A decent porter, with cherry juice which is not for all, moderat8ng the portery mouthfeel. Looked like a wine, with reddish colour and quite fruity characteristics. Very malty and try hopped. Tart finish. Thanks Pootz for sharing.

Sammy, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark reddish amber beer, between the brownish and reddish states of color. A nice beige head comes, but quickly let herself out.
A sour smell is perceivable, with a teint of cherry, fruity and malt is also present.

Her taste is very particular, it has some aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate and the sourness of cherries. Not very much my cup of team but it is quite different, very good mouthfeel.

Big mucho thank you merci beaucoup to Irondjinn for providing me a bottle of this beer.

3Vandoo, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of Cwrw
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wild Rose's winter seasonal, with the jingle "A wild Christmas beer, only here once a year" on the label. Always throwing in a bit of humour, Wild Rose's label suggests you wrap the gifts first, then consume this beer. I should have reviewed this a long while ago. By porter standards, this is a very fine looking beer in the glass: it is nearly opaque, definitely black, although near the edges can be seen some dark brown. The reddish-brown head is as large as you want to pour, small-bubbled and fine, but one which seemd to recede quickly, leaving a ring. Lacing is a good screen, not overly thick, leaving skeleton strands on the glass. This is a handsome porter. After popping the flange-topped 1-litre bottle, I was struck with a massive smell of creamy rootbeer. An extremely creamy chocolate maltiness. In the glass, I get a very strong chocolate, French vanilla coffee aroma. I cannot smell the cherries much, but I suppose they add a little more sweetness this beer would otherwise not have. Butter, darkly roasted coffee, malty dark grains, chocolate raisins, faint faint hints of the cherry, some leather, roasted meat, and throughout it all is a vanilla-coffee cream smoothness. Superb. The taste is a little more sweet than the aroma suggested, as it hits the front of the tongue with a very vanilla-chocolate, almost syrupy feel. Definite raisins in the front as well. The coffee comparisons are inevitable, but this truly does have the same graininess as a deeply roasted fresh cup. This balances in the middle and finish, however. The aftertaste even has a definite oily, earthy hop feel. Though I cannot sense the cherries much in the aroma, or even the taste, I think they add some creaminess and sweetness to an otherwise roasted, dry beer. Plus, their sugar gives a little more alcohol. This could use a little more carbonation, because the lack of it makes for too much of a syrupy, near-cloying resin feel; but the mouthfeel is still, despite this, excelling. Full-bodied. I could drink this quite regularly--smooth, in the creamy sense of the word, sweet, with just enough dryness for balance in the finish. This would make a perfect after-dinner sipper; who needs desert in the solid form?

Cwrw, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of Garin
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a deep ruby black with a thick, bubbly, noisy head that shrunk into the beer very quickly. Some lace was clinging to the glass.

On the nose, thick, toasted sweet malt came first, slight cherry sweetness second.

Creamy rich and sweet roasted malt dominates the initial flavour. A toasty burnt flavour builds over time, intermingled with the slightest hint of cherry tartness in the middle. The finish is dry, clean, and slightly roasty. The flavours are fairly simple and clean, in the Wild Rose fashion. I'm happy to say that even though the flavours are simple and clean, they're not overly weak. Definitely don't serve this too cold, or you'll miss it all.

In the mouth it feels rich and satisfying. It is extremely easy to drink. This is probably my favourite Wild Rose brew so far.

Garin, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A holiday seasonal from Wild Rose, offered in their long 1 litre brown bottle and adorned with a gold ribbon and sprig of fake holly(?), although those berries look more like cranberries, or even (ahem) small cherries if you use a bit of creative license. It's a nice package, far better than bringing wine to all of those Xmas parties you're invited to this year.

Pours out thick and black, the way it should be. When held up to the light only the faintest walnut nimbus can be seen along the bottom of the glass. It's capped by a big creamy beige head that recedes after a few sips, but leaves a wall of lace in it's wake.

Aroma at first is all big roasted malt and coffee, but as it warms up the sweetish sour scent of cherries becomes more apparent.

Once again, the flavour of cherry is only apparent after it warms up a bit. Mild sour cherry up front, while the finish is all roasted and chocolate malt, with the cherry showing up again in the aftertaste, this time bittersweet. Very interesting balance. I had my doubts about this at first, but given time the subtleties start becoming more apparent.

Mouthfeel is creamy at first, but then becomes surprisingly oily on the finish.

I'm impressed by Wild Rose this time around, the thought that was put into this porter was well worth the effort. If you're expecting a kriek lambic style flavour then forget it, the cherry flavour here is to accentuate the dark malts. Something to share with your sweet baby in front of that crackling fire on those cold winters nights, or better yet, under the mistletoe.

IronDjinn, Nov 25, 2003
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Cherry Porter from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
87 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.