Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout - Deep Ellum Brewing Company
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Reviews by darthvohn:
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Glass Used: Becker pint
Appearance: I would have pegged the color as deep dark brown-black if I wasn't sitting near a lamp which allowed the body to glow a deep dark garnet along the bottom of the glass. The head was a thick two finger high mocha colored cloud. Lacing was present when the glass was swirled however there were no lingering remnants during consumption.
Smell: Roasted malts, dark bittersweet chocolate, mineral notes and a yeasty bread. I get a decent amount of ethanol vapor as well. When the beer is a bit chilly, only the faintest hint of cherry is there just as you finish inhaling. However, as the porter warms the sweet-tart cherry aroma becomes a bit more prominent.
Taste: Roasted malts are up front, followed by smooth black coffee and bittersweet chocolate, finishing with a mild dark cherry flavor. As the beer warms, I get more of the sweet-tart cherry profile. I noticed that between tastes, you get a lingering cocoa nib and Bing cherry flavor. I really dig this.
Mouthfeel: Creamy with a bit of pucker from the fresh tart cherries dancing around after the finish. Carbonation is medium-high.
Overall: I've heard mixed things about this beer for so long, I wasn't certain what to expect. I had the flavor profile already put together in my head, thinking it was going to be sweet like a chocolate covered cherry (the ones with the gooey fondant filling around the fruit). Boy was I wrong. The cherry profile is of fresh and dried cherries with rich bittersweet chocolate. This reminds of a Harry & David Dark Chocolate Covered Bing Cherry - the ones with just chewy dried cherry and chocolate..with an added twist of fresh cherry tartness. The cherry flavors does not hit you over the head but it's there and quite enjoyable. Also, let this beer warm up considerably to get those wonderful cherry flavors. If you are looking for a maraschino cherry and milk chocolate flavored beer then this is not for you.
02-08-2014 04:20:05 | More by darthvohn
More User Reviews:
3.91/5 rDev +3.2%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):
LOOK: Pitch black, amazing coffee-colored cream head with legs
SMELL: Chocolate cake batter, roastiness, faint cherries
TASTE: Silky smooth, rich, slightly tart, mild cherry, dark ripe fruits, soft caramel, light roasty char, sweet and tangy molasses, coin, chocolate, rye, biscuit, nuts, earth, tannic, dry finish
There’s a lot going on here, but what stands out is the use of blackstrap molasses, red tart and dark, sweet cherry purée, a California lager yeast strain and cocoa nibs from Patric Chocolate at the end of conditioning. The lager yeast strain is what makes it a Baltic Porter, but a Stout too? While it’s slightly confusing to have two styles on the label, who cares?! Complex, surprisingly balanced and damn tasty.
02-14-2013 00:25:25 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.25/5 rDev -14.2%
On tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano.
The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of strong hot chocolate notes with not too much else coming through. While the cherries are absent in the aroma, they are up front in the flavor. There is a little bit of chocolate in the aroma, but overall I think the beer tastes a little bit medicinal. The body a little bit thinner than I like and the carbonation is about medium. Overall, the beer was not bad but was a little disappointing. I think this is a step down from the regular Double Brown Stout.
02-19-2012 16:36:13 | More by Mora2000
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
Served on tap at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano, TX.
A: Pours a midnight black with a finger tall light mocha head. Great head retention (hardly any reduction through the drinking of an entire pint) and massive amounts of lacing.
S: Dark roasted and burnt malts with hints of chocolate, cherry, and coffee. Very intense.
T: Bittersweet chocolate followed by dark roasted malts, cherries, and a light smokiness from burnt malts. There are also some extremely slight hints of nuts.
M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Nice and creamy.
O: Big smell and big flavor really make this beer great - not a disappointment after hearing a lot of folks in the bar talk it up. Quite enjoyable and could probably even be sessionable if one paced themselves. The cherry does not dominate but is a wonderful companion to the other flavors in the beer. I would definitely get it again if I found it.
02-17-2012 01:21:45 | More by dbrauneis
Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.