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Cherries Of Fire - Karbach Brewing Co.

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Cherries Of Fire
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 31
Gots: 30 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Fun Series #6

(Beer added by: champ103 on 08-16-2013)
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acurtis, Sep 27, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on-draught yesterday at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival here in Austin, Texas. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given its current position on the Southwest Top 50 list (#36). Cost was $3.00 USD per 4 oz; I got enough to adequately review the beer, but my review below is truncated because the festival environment didn't allow one to go into much detail and/or quietly reflect.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of beige-khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good even lacing. Retention is good for the high ABV, about 5-6 minutes.

Body colour is a very dark brown-black. Not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible. Opaque.

A pretty standard appearance for the style. It's appealing, but not unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Cream, bourbon, vanilla, vague cherry fruit, dark malts, chocolate malt. Some actual milk chocolate in there too. No yeast character or hop character is detectable. Seemingly balanced, with some nuance I guess. A hint of alcohol is noticeable.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength. I hoped to pick up more of the barrel notes from the aroma.

T/Mf: Obvious cherry fruit with accompanying caramel sweetness hits right on the open - an excellent introduction. Dark malts, chocolate malts, and milk chocolate notes follow, filling out the body nicely. I get a hint of bourbon with some derivative vanilla.

Good depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour for the style. I quite like it.

Complex enough, with some subtlety - particularly in terms of the cherry. The cherry fruit works very well here with the other notes, though it doesn't quite evoke the chocolate covered cherry that would really make this beer glorious. Well balanced; cohesive, but not gestalt. Tasty stuff all around. No yeast, alcohol, or hop character comes through.

Has a great creamy texture. Smooth and wet. Unrefreshing but approachable. Good body and thickness. Good presence on the palate. Carbonation is adequate. The texture complements the taste nicely; well executed.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I'd definitely get it again; in fact I intend to in order to go into proper detail in my review. A solid porter I consider myself lucky to have tried. I'd happily get three pins of this one after the other; it seems that quaffable. Hides its ABV very well. A well executed, quality beer across the board. I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners.

Not only was this my favourite beer of the festival, it's one of the best Texan beers I've had so far.

Low A-

kojevergas, Sep 29, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an impenetrable, opaque black color. A massive and rocky tan head rises to over two fingers with cascading bubbles. Light lace, but really impressive.
S: Oh ya, that perfect medley of oak, roasted malt, light coffee. Chocolate covered cherries linger in the finish. Everything is so perfectly balanced, and I love it.
T: Again a perfectly balanced, and great medley of everything. The barrel flavor is up front with oak/wood, light coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Then the wonderful chocolate covered cherries. Just a very light tartness lingers and builds a bit as this warms, which pulls everything together.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. So smooth, creamy, airy, and decadent. Just a great sipper. The alcohol is really well masked, and it is so enjoyable to drink.

An excellent variation of the BBA Hellfighter. Like that release, one of the best of its kind in this state. Really well done, and highly recommended. Again, well done Karbach.

champ103, Aug 16, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 2013
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a deep dark brown/black. Full finger of medium tan head. Tight bubbles. Alcohol feet. Some lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. Mild roast. There cherry is fairly muted, but comes up as it warms.

T: Deep dark chocolate initially. Getting some vanilla, but not as pronounced as I was expecting. Same goes with cherry character. Lingering chocolate and medium.

M: Medium full bodied beer.

inlimbo77, Oct 15, 2013
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Cherries Of Fire from Karbach Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.