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Black Cherry Stout - Walking Man Brewing Co.

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Black Cherry Stout
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Walking Man Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HiroProtagonist on 04-25-2004)
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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anteater

Oregon

3/5  rDev -16.2%

09-20-2013 05:27:40 | More by anteater
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Braz

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-05-2013 16:18:25 | More by Braz
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-02-2013 23:01:41 | More by xnicknj
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Georgia

4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-18-2013 16:25:02 | More by JF1917
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

09-13-2012 17:35:49 | More by Kopfschuss
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CoryR

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-30-2012 02:30:43 | More by CoryR
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR. Hugh, the bartender told me it's "sweet, but we sell a whole lot of it..."

The first signs are good for me, despite the skeptical tones in Hugh's voice: gorgeous deep black body, with a creamy head of mocha-brown. Lace is fine, but consistent and persistent, leaving wonderful lace. It looks so good, I feel as though it might be a nitro pour. Not sure, though.

Nose is: BIG. Black cherry comes through strongly, giving a refreshing medicinal hint with its poignant biting fruit, above the deep dark maltiness that sits like heavily stewed mudcake underneath. Other notes crop up with marzipan, powdered sugar and fruit compote. Wow. This is an incredible smelling beer. I really love it.

Taste is lighter, but still very good. Smooth, roasty entry that never lets up on the sweetness, with an upswell of black cherry and a mild phenolic medicinal bite. Back palate has bitter almonds, smooth, pithy fruit and a caressing dryness that wraps everything up while still allowing it to express itself. Lovely.

Feel is smooth, but allows a tingle from the cherry to come through.

Overall, I'm wowed. This is amazingly good stuff. I'm a fan of the judicious addition of fruit to stouts, and this is a great example of it. It's drinkable and smooth, but really interesting and complex. I just love it to bits.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 02:14:13 | More by lacqueredmouse
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fishguyac

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.2%

06-18-2012 05:41:44 | More by fishguyac
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piclee

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-17-2012 05:52:40 | More by piclee
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-01-2012 07:01:52 | More by shelby415
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grittybrews

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured cola black with a faint reddish tinge and a small finger of tan head. Aroma of dark cherries and hints of roast and cocoa.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, full mouthfeel. Medicinal cherry up front with some mild chocolate and gentle roasty bitterness on the finish.

Smells nice but the cherry is a little too candy-like in the actual flavor. Decent but I wouldn't want a lot of it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 04:48:55 | More by grittybrews
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured an opaque black with a huge tan head that displayed nice lacing. Really nice aroma of cherry cordial...natural, no cough syrup or cherry candy here. Taste was initially very bready with a huge beautiful hit of black cherries right up front, with a solid, sweet, dark malt base. I know it's difficult to brew a successful blend of fruit with dark beers such as stouts. Several breweries have tried, and not all are good. Even Bells Cherry Stout is a little meh. But this one is definitely done right, and the natural smell and taste just add to its goodness. Smooth and rich, but not quite full-bodied, this is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 21:39:23 | More by Rifugium
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BillHilly

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler poured into a Duvel tulip 1 hour after acquisition.

A: Nice 1 finger head, lacing retains well, very dark.

S: Wow, it's definitely a sweet cherry smell followed by a nice malt note.

T: Cherries are very subtle, almost don't get any of them until you exhale after swallow. Nothing overpowering here. Slight coffee and the roasted malts are faint.

M: Drinks much lighter than the appearance, and the carbonation holds up.

O: Decent, can't complain for $5 a 32 oz growler.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2011 01:17:49 | More by BillHilly
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Mahlik

Oregon

1.35/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Henry's 12th St Tavern. Reviewed from notes but unfortunately I remember this beer all too well.

A - Black, opaque with a thin brown head. Some lacing.

S - Cherries, cherries and more cherries. It smells like I stuck my nose in a jar of maraschino cherries. I can't really smell anything else. I pick up a slight hint of roasted malts but just barely. A complete lack of depth.

T - I found the taste to be disgusting. The cherries aren't as dominant in the taste. I get cherries up front, followed by some roasted malts and just a hint of chocolate. But then a nasty cherry syrup taste hits. It was like drinking cherry cough syrup. The taste only got worse as I allowed it to warm up a bit.

M - Medium-bodied, light carbonation. The syrupy taste that seemed to linger only made this beer worse.

O - IMO, a terrible beer. So many things are wrong with this beer. However, judging by the large amount of positive reviews of this beer, maybe the tap line was tainted or it was just a bad batch. I'm almost thinking that has to be it because there is no way anyone would have enjoyed what I drank. It's a shame too because I have heard so many great things about Walking Man.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 04:03:57 | More by Mahlik
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corylew

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with some clarity through the corners. Thin bubbly head that takes a little while to die out.

Smelll is my favorite part about this. I applaud the way Walking Man has had the roasted malt overpower the cherry by just a little bit. Let's not forget this is beer. If I wanted a cherry wine cooler, I'd admit to my parents that they raised me wrong and go get one.

Taste follows suit. Beer forefront with cherry background. Definitely a black cherry too, nice tart flavor, not like a fake cherry flavoring usually tastes like

Mouthfeel is good. Not too sweet and heavy that it feels thick but the cherry doesn't over tart from a thin body. If anything Id say it leans a bit far on the thin spectrum but it's pretty darn balanced.

Overall I'm very impressed with this beer. I have every intention of ordering it again when I head back, and will look for it in bottles. It will probably even age well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 04:02:11 | More by corylew
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, my first Walking Man beer. I was hoping it'd be Homo Erectus, but this will do.

Black with a thin, black head that recedes to a thin disk, this looks good. Dark cherry red highlights are visible. The nose is excellent. It marries quite perfectly the combination of roast, rich, ripe black cherries, fragrant and complex, with some dark chocolate and a little licorice. The cherry character is particularly fantastic, as it has all the complexity you'd expect from a black cherry. The palate opens with a blend of fruity cherries and some roast. A mildly acidic (grainy) character appears on the mid-palate and lingers on into the finish. Licorice and chocolate are also present, though the union of chocolate and cherry is a little less harmonious than on the nose. Mild bitterness on the finish, this beer is medium in body and hides the alcohol very, very well. Smooth on the palate, this is a beer I can recommend with no qualifications

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 09:09:05 | More by DefenCorps
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TheStove

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Pours dark black/brown, not quite motor oil but definitely dark. Not much foam or head but I wasn't sure if this was because of the pour or the beer.

Heavy cherry scent on first whiff. The toasted malts also come through secondary. First sip confirms that of the smell. This is a bit of an odd brew. The cherry is definitely the guest honor in terms of flavor when sipping this one however it is almost as if the cherry flavor is more reminiscent of candy than actual cherries. The sip progresses to a more muted and deep cherry flavor, almost as if somehow the malts were infused with cherry as well. This gives way to some heavy bitterness, either due to some heavily toasted malts or hop dosage I'm not sure but it's an interesting juxtaposition of flavors; candy cherry to bitter. Further sips reveal light cocoa notes at the end of each sip.

An interesting stout. Definitely not my favorite and I think it stands behind Bell's Cherry Stout but I like the contrast of candy cherry with the bitter malt and hop finish. I think I would enjoy this one much more if the cherry flavor was a bit more natural and the finish less bitter. In either case, an enjoyable brew but not top tier.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 08:53:51 | More by TheStove
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jdense

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bailey's Taproom PDX 9.4.2010, $2.50 for 10 oz. glass.

3/4 finger tan head, medium-slow dissipation, some lacing retained. Dark brown, almost black opaque body, no visible carbonation. Pick up the cherries right away in the nose, subsumes all other aromas, a bit on the sweet side, an interesting smelling beer. Cherries also dominate the taste, but there is some roasted malt and grassy hops to provide a semblance of balance, but certainly on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and boozy with a distinctly dry finish. Not sure how sessionable this is at this ABV, once again on the sweet side, but it was tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2010 14:15:02 | More by jdense
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TheBungyo

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I heard a while back that this beer was born of a bet/joke. It turned out so well that it's been a regular in Walking Man's lineup ever since. And yes, this beer is anything but a joke.

Pours like motor oil and settles with a lovely brown head. Black cherries burst into the nose along with hints of mesquite smoke and espresso.

Black Cherry shows up right off the bat and mingles with chocolate and coffee. Somehow I even taste some banana. Finish is full of coffee bitterness and cherry.

Mouth is medium, which definitely promotes sessionability despite the 7.20 ABV. This is a wonderful fruit beer that I never hesitate to order when I see it on tap.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2010 06:02:33 | More by TheBungyo
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chumba526

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a black with one finger of brown head.

Smells strongly of sweet cherries with a tad bit of roasted malt. The cherry smell is very strong.

The taste is composed of a very strong sweet cherry flavor in the beginning that moves on to a roasted malt flavor with a slightly bitter finish. My only complaint about the flavor of the beer is that the initial cherry taste seems a little artificially sweet. The balance between the cherry and the roasted malts is very nice.
The carbonation of the stout seems to be average: moderate low. I don't imagine myself having a bunch of these at a time due to the sweetness but for being a rich beer the drinkability is not bad.

Overall an interesting stout that mixes cherry sweetness with dry roasted malts.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2010 15:25:09 | More by chumba526
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djbreezy

Washington

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass at Henry's in Portland.

On a second pint at Horse Brass this beer taste like utter cough syrup and was disgusting. I'm guessing the other reviewers had the same experience. At Henry's, the beer did not suffer the fake cherry flavor. This review is from the Henry's trial.

appearance - black, moderate head that dissipates quick, some lacing

smell - cherries, malt, chocolate

taste - sweet and fresh cherries, chocolate malt

mouthfeel - medium body, creamy, smooth

drinkability - smooth drinking for 7.2 abv, flavorful cherries, very rich and delicious in its simplicity

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 03:07:16 | More by djbreezy
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oregonskibum

Oregon

2.08/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Tasted at a Portland pub that rotates beer frequently, so assume it was fairly fresh. Served in a US shaker pint. Notes from memory only.

A: Appearance is dark black. Because of the full pour, only a very thin tan head was left on top the beer when brought to the table.

S: Sweet cherry syrup dominates, and not in a good way. It smells like I just opened a bottle of marashceno cherries and took a big sniff. Yes, you can make out some faint stout smells, but this is so over the top cherry that everything else is in the background.

T: What a mess. THis is way too sweet. It truly smells like the brewer took their normally solid stout and mixed in several bottles of marascheno cherry juice after fermentation. Roasted malts and coffee are there in the background, but sweet cherry with a hint of cough syrup control the taste from start to finish.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. Generally, the mouthfeel was in-style. However, the sweetness left me thinking that the beer felt a little like syrup, even though it wasn't.

D: The most disappointing Walking Man beer I've had. The cherry was too strong, too sweet, and not well balanced or integrated with the stout. I finished the pint and then was blown away by the next beer (which was just average).

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 16:21:01 | More by oregonskibum
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Overlord

California

2.1/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours black with a robust dark brown head. Very attractive beer.

Smells like roasted malt and cherries. Wow. This must be one of the strongest fruit aromas I can recall, and from a stout, that's remarkable. And not necessarily a positive. ONe note, sweet cherries predominate. Some medicinal/cough syrup component(s) to it.

Taste is just overwhelming sweet, syrupy cherries overlaid on maybe a bit of dark, roasted malt.

Ugh. A chore to drink. Attractive, with a nice viscous mouthfeel, but the cherries are too much.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 18:00:23 | More by Overlord
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with a small brown head. Nose is dark cherries and a hint of chocolate. Taste is creamy mouthfeel, chocolate with black and red cherries coming on midway and finishig up on the end. Extremely tasty and oh so drinkable. Perhaos one stout that has made me say WOW in quite some time.NW does it best.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 04:42:42 | More by barleywinefiend
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