Cherries Of Fire - Karbach Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 11 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by goochpunch:
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours out a dark almost black with ruby highlights. Head is tan with a touch of pink. Booze is way too strong in the nose, but I like what's underneath it. Definitely get bourbon barrel and cherries with the porter backbone. I'd like a little less vanilla in the smell, but I guess that's barrel aging for you. What a pleasant surprise this beer is. I was expecting a sweet mess of flavors. I wasn't too big on 003, so that's where that is coming from. The cherries and bourbon character work so well together, and I get more of the base beer than what I did with 003. Nice chocolate notes throughout. Surprisingly not that boozy tasting, considering the nose. The mouthfeel could be smoother in terms of carbonation, and thicker for what the flavors bring. Almost thin considering what this beer brings to the plate, talking about taste. Overall, this is a tasty beer. I'm glad I got another one to squirrel away until Christmas. Let's see if it develops more.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2013 01:37:57 | More by goochpunch
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4.93/5 rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
22 oz. bomber poured into nonic
L: classic stout look and pour -- black, impossible for light to get through, perhaps reddish black on the edges up to the light; massive brown head of foam super thick and creamy, at least an inch to 1 1/3 inches; not a ton of stick or lace but the brew is keeping a nice skin of brown foam on top with a thick collar
S: chocolate cherries -- a malted note, too, so that you can envision an ice cream/chocolate-cherry/malt/shake/sundae ... the cherries on top are unmistakable; vanilla; muted/sour grapes, like wine, but really this thing is a mix of vanilla ice cream with cherries more and more as it warms; just a hint of oak but only a hint
T: chocolate, cherry, alcohol ... there's some definite spice on the tongue, and i'm too untutored in the palatte to tell if it's: alcohol burn, carbonation burn or hops? it might be all three, for there is surely a nice whiskey note in this thing; as it warms a little, that Maker's Mark is mushing into the cherry note into one hell of a sweet taste
F: perfect. thick but not lumpy, smooth but not overly slick, plenty of carbonation to make it very drinkable. Hellfighter is a fantastic porter, and barrel-aging it does nothing to hurt its construction. Bravo, Karbach!
O: i had a tulip of this at the brewery the week it came out in August, and I held off reviewing it for good reasons; what I remember from the fresh quaff that day is all right here a few months later out of this bottle.
i could overplay the hand here and give this beer all 5s because its that good. Karbach has effectively turned an already-damn good porter into a perfect example of why brewers experiment -- the barrel aging here works perfectly, and the cherries are not a gimmick; they truly are adding to the presentation. if the head on this beer stuck and laced, it'd be 5s across the board. as it is, it's 5s in my heart. what a brew!!!
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 20:56:13 | More by Premo88
Cherries Of Fire from Karbach Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.