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Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry PorterParadise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 147
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle care of Kegatron dibbling into the dusty stash of bottles circa 2009. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with a rich firm tan cap 2 fingers strong. The cap collapses to a thin film with a full wall of lace hanging to the walls.

The aroma is slightly dusty almost with a scent of day old coffee. It is roasty and earthen with notes of chocolate, ash and anise before the tangy fruity tones of cherry come into play. As more sniffs go into the nostrils, I pick up a bit of milky chocolate sweetness.

The flavor reiterates the aromatics with more focus on chocolate and less on roast/coffee. The alcohol and cherry blends into something that is vaguely medicinal before getting bitter and minorly herbal with a notion of hops. The aftertaste is quite earthen and dusty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonstion. Overall a solid brew with nuance of cherry. It kinda reminds me of a souped up milk stout but slightly oxidized and starting to show its age. Getting a chance to try this one was greatly appreciated Heath, thanks again!

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Photo of fdkayti
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a thickish dark brown/black with a thin ring of a tan head at the top, dissipates quickly. No lacing to be seen.

S- Cocoa-y.

T- Chocolate, malt. Slightly acidic. I think the cherry was lost somewhere in space and time during storage.

MF- Creamy, not a lotta carbonation.

O/D- I like it. It's easy to drink, the alcohol is hidden well. A fairly simple porter, but one that I enjoy. Held onto for me by the boyfren, so that makes it more special.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled poured into a large snifter. Pour is dark, dark brown with a mocha head. The head is quite small and last for mere seconds before disappearing into a thin ring around the glass. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

Nose is mild but pleasant. Roasted malts and grains characteristics dominate from the porter. These give way to nice caramel and, toffee and molasses notes. This is teamed up with a nice sweetness, presumably do to the cherries.

Taste is quite weak, unfortunately. Faint fruitiness is prominent. Caramel, toasted grains and the slightest, faintest glimmer of what I think are cherry flavors. Chocolate presents itself as well.

Mouthfeel is incredibly thin and lackluster. Slightly creamy with light carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Alcohol remains hidden at least...

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Photo of Beertracker
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tyranena's Paradise by the Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter has a long name, but pours up with a tight, two-fingered light brown-tawny colored head that lingers above the the nearly opaque dark brown-reddish black body. The roasty malty aroma is a bit subdued at first, but becomes more apparent as it warms giving off notes of burnt caramel, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. The underlying fruitiness is reminiscent of dark tart cherries, black currants along with some black fig notes. Hints of blackstrap molasses, muscavado suger, and licorice along with some cloaked alcohol add to the overall complexity. The flavor starts off with some subtle fruitiness and a low sweetness that gains momentum before it's consumed by the darkness & bitterness which deliver a slightly acrid, bittersweet, toasty finish. This medium bodied specialty porter is a bit lackluster in the mouthfeel and seems a little chalky on the palate with some distracting dark roasty astringency. However, it delivers on the overall character by being different & interesting to quaff. Here's to the brewers at Tyranena and their sheer audaciousness.

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Special thanks to joshuaseresse for locating & sending this one my way.

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Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown borderling black. Good head retention and some lacing.

S- Smell is semi-muted. Some whiffs of chocolate and cherries.

T- Very good robust porter up front. Roasted malts. Only hints of cherries which were more pronounced with the bottle I had last summer. Holding up well overall.

M- Thicker, syrupy beer. Heavy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D/O- A max of 2 is what I'd want to take down in a night. This beer tasted better overall than 6 months ago albeit with the less prominent cherries. Would definately recommend to a porter fan. Yaaay Tyranena! Have one left...may see what the futures hold for it.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is black with a thin broken halo of a head, low carbonation and no lacing.

Aroma is mild, a little roast, perhaps a little cherry.

Beer is thin and has a roasty end with minimal cherry at the corners of this one. It's an oddity for sure. I think the absence of forward flavors is a terrible oversight. Some more thickness, perhaps a little more sweetness could do this beer a lot of favors. Nothing special, moving on.

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Photo of arboristfish
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep black color with a tan head that was very thin and didnt last long. The aroma of this beer is of roasted malt, booze, and a hint of cherries. The taste is of roasted malt, and is yet blanaced with a smooth flavor. There is a slight boozy flavor. Im not picking up to much on the cherries. The mouthfeel is very thick, and has a faint fizzy side. Overall its a sipping beer.

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Photo of twoheadedboy
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a very minimal auburn head. Seems a bit flat.

Aroma contains strong fruit and slight booziness along with the nutty porter smell and an interesting sweet, milky smell I'd associate more with a sweet stout.

Taste is also more akin to a milk stout than porter, very sweet/smooth with faint vanilla and no bitterness. The chocolate is sweet rather than strongly roasted, and a mild nutty/toffee comes through as well.

It's very easy and drinkable, with a pleasant lingering dark cherry aftertaste. One significant drawback is its lack of carbonation dulling the flavor slightly; this is a retired beer so I should probably check the freshness date (if there is one).

All in all this isn't something I'd drink on regular basis, but it would make for a nice treat from time to time. Its sweetness would pair it well with a piece of cake or pie.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to cptnspeed1 for this bottle!

Bottled on 2/15/09. Who doesn't love Meatloaf references with their beer? This one pours a murky black-brown topped by only a hint of a head (only some minor tufts of dirty ecru bubbles). The nose comprises chocolate-covered cherries, roasted malts, figs, and some butterscotch. The taste finds the cherries abandoning their formerly sweet housing, opting instead for a strangely medicinal flavoring. Some bits o' roasted malts and cocoa find their way in as well, but even combined they cannot overcome the medicinal character. The body is a straight medium with a light moderate carbonation. Overall, I think age may not have been too kind to this brew, with the cherry flavor really seeming to have degraded. Beyond that, though, this was a pretty tasty porter.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Body is a nearly opaque dark brown hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger light brown head which eventually fades completely- no traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S- Chocholate, cherry, and cherry pits all blend nicely together up front. Deep roasted malt aromas loom in the background at the back of the nose.

T-Mild flavor upfront consisting of cherry juice with a roasted malt backbone. Both flavors come through more for the finish with the cherry becoming slightly more dominant. Cherry lingers with a hint of roasted malt bitterness as well as a hint of alcohol. The flavor is interesting yes, but a bit odd.

M-Medium to high carbonation with a moderate to heavy weight body that is slightly syrupy.

D- This is an interesting brew overall. Im enjoying it more as I finish it-but this 12 oz bottle has been open for awhile this evening. More of a novelty brew than one I would revisit.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shout out to Kegatron. Poured into a snifter at about 50 degrees. Despite my slow pour, the head was a massive four finger widths, which irked me a bit.

The body is quite black, and is topped off by a medium tan head with medium sized bubbles. I think there is too much head for the style honestly. Good lacing and good head retention.

Smells quite good, brownies with cherrys and hints of vanilla. Not too complex, but nice.

Lots of chocolate cake up front and a little bit of roastyness, vanilla and finally a cherry twang. The cherry could be a little bit more in the background to make it taste a bit better.

Mouthfeel is a little bit too "open", I feel like it should be creamier or something. Hard to put my finger on it but it feels a little bit grainy.

Drinks well overall, and I'm enjoying this. I think if the cherry was a little more in the background I'd like it a good deal more, that and if the mouthfeel felt a bit better. Still, worthy of seeking out and trying!

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Photo of birchstick
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a super dark brown without much of a head. There is a bit if a reddish hue to it

S - not too much of a nose on this, but I get some fudgy dark chocolates, a little bit of burnt coffee, and, of course, some cherry tones.

T - the taste is very similar to the nose. Lots of darker chocolate and coffee / burnt malts are what hit me at first. As I dug a little deeper, I found a little bit of the fudge I detected on the nose. The cherry puree was also present throughout - hitting the front of the tongue at first, then it placed itself in the background, complementing the rest of the flavors. There cherries also became more present the more this warmed.

M - a little watery and thin, but decent enough.

D - pretty decent drinkibility. Not a bad little cherry porter here...pretty solid fruit beer.

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Photo of klikger
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a Westy chalice (thanks, Thijs!)

A - Dark brown to black in color, this has a small brown head which disappears quickly, leaving behind a fair amount of lacing.

S - Chocolate-covered cherries and vanilla.

T - Espresso and licorice hit first, with vanilla and a lot of tart cherries (especially as it warms) coming next. Dark chocolate bitterness and a modestly sour fruit finish this off.

M - Creamy, but not overly thick. Good body for the style.

D - Not bad. Enough going on here that one is enough - save the other for another time.

Tasty beer - Tyranena never disappoints with their porters and stouts. I hope this is re-released in the near future.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - I will repeat my description of Dirty Old Man, verbatim: Deep translucent brown; like the color of a brown glass bottle. It is capped with a scant head, no real lace to speak of.

S - You've really got to let this one air out. Once it does, a delicious woody cherry maltiness develops that is just so absolutely pleasant.

T - Cherry is barely ahead of roasty malt, followed by a general dryness and toastiness, and rounding up the affair is a finish of earthy and herbal hops.

M - Nice. Not too big, nor too little, just about right.

D - This is yet another Tyranena offering that is hovering just below top-tier status.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours jet black, stout like color with a minimal 1 finger head that is a lit tan color. The body is pitch black and the head leaves nice silk screened lacing. The aroma is really malty and has a cherry syrup undertone to it. Nice toasty aroma, really sets this beer to be a porter. The taste is nearly perfect. Has that toasty goodness with some roasted malts and a nice brownie like chewyness. Really forward with the malts. Might be a touch of cherries on the finish. The mouthfeel is great on this as it's medium bodied and has a nice aftertaste of sour cherries. The drinkability is just above average for me because this really can't be drank in late quantities. It's a delicious brew, but the combination of weight on the palate and bitterness our sour cherries on this finish hinder this being a repeat in the same night.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, borderline black. Some minor dark amber hints along the edges. Pours with a thin 1/2 inch thin light tan head that disippates quickly.

S: Blast of chocoate up front with a cherry flavor that is clearly present. Cherry isn't overly sweet or overpowering. Has potential.

T: Taste really follows smell, although the cherries play a slightly more prominent role. Underlying porter seems rather simple and the cherry flavor really carry into the finish. Overall flavor is very well balanced though.

M: Medium body, bording on medium-heavy, with moderate carbonation.

D: Not my favorite style, but overall, it's really not bad. I had no issue finishing up the bottle, mainly because the cherry wasn't real sweet or over-powering. So generally, not bad.

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Photo of jsanford
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Unibroue tulip

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish tints and no head.

S - Dark roasted malts with tart cherry and vanilla.

T - More dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, bitter coffee and some nice cherry flavor. Cherry is not as dominant as I hoped, but it does taste authentic.

M - Medium bodies with low carbonation. I usually like my dark beers to have a bit more "fizz" to them, so this isn't my favorite part.

D - Overall, a very solid porter with tasty cherry accents. The lack of carbonation keeps it from being world-class to me.

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Photo of optiontwo
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottled on date that I can find but I got this in the single bottle bin at my local store and that means that it's been sitting on the shelves for quite some time.

A: Pours a very dark brown bordering on black with a nice half inch mocha colored head.

S: Very strong chocolate aroma with a touch of booziness (bourbon maybe) and finally a hint of cherries at the end. Smells amazing.

T: The taste is less in waves than the aroma and kind of hits you all at once. The tartness of the cherries blend nicely with the strong chocolate flavors of the malt and it finishes with a welcomed bitter hit. All together it tastes of a gourmet cherry cordial without the intense sweetness.

M: I love the way this beer drinks thick enough to have the flavors stay dancing on your tongue after a sip but thin enough to not overpower and keep you from wanting to go right back for some more.

D: No idea on the ABV but I would definitely have another if I had one. As far as porters go it's pretty darn drinkable.

O: I had this once before right when it came out and I thought I remembered not being very impressed but this is great. I don't know if it's becuase when I had it the first time I drank it side by side with Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout and I was comparing the two or if it truly needs a year or so to get the amazing point it's at now. Either way, if this is something you can find I highly recommend it.

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Photo of levifunk
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - very very dark. low carbonation and head that dies quickly.

s - sour cherry, malts, coffee, dark fruits

t - dark fruit and malts. good cherry flavor in the back of the mouth.

m - carbonation is good actually. medium body. very nice feel.

overall - solid beer. I'll definitely drink it again, but probably not more than 1 in a sitting.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Feb 05, 2009. Thanks to beerwolf77 for yet another bottle!

(A)- Pours a dark brown; almost black color that produced a quickly dissipating head.

(S)- A deep roastedness of raisins with a dash of cherries.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A good roasted molasses and raisin malt profile with a twist of cherries at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Very much a porter with a light twist of cherries on the finish. Sweet, but has a roasted profile to balance it out.

(D)- A good porter with just the right amount of cherries in there that does not overpower the main components of the porter style. Not bad. I would have this again.

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Photo of DrewHodges
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 3/14/10 tasting; bottle poured to pint glass.

A--jet black with chocolate brown head, settled to thin brown line, no lacing

S--great aroma of bitter coffee beans, roast malt, and sour cherries

T--fantastic fruity notes up front and the bitterness at the finish

M--a bit dry, medium bodied, low carbonation

D--good but maybe not a full session beer

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Photo of Strix
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Super dark brown, some initial head, fading to little.

Roasted smells, slightest hint of cherry.

Roasted malt, coffee, cherry, oak, vanilla. All tastes are very subtle, even when warm. Dry.

Super smooth mouthfeel, coats the mouth.

This was alright, I wasn't blown away. I really liked the mouthfeel, but the taste was very understaded.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to mtunnell for this one. I was just thinking about this beer one day and boom... showed up as an extra at my door. Ask and you shall receive I guess! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour initially produces no head but one magically rises from the deep dark depth of this beer. .5 finger. It disappears almost just as quickly. Possibly the blackest brew I've ever seen. It not only doesn't let any light through, it seems to suck up the light around it. Lacing is spotty at best and doesn't hand around.

S: Bitter chocolate, cocoa, licquorice, vanilla, and a strong, fruity cherry. They weren't kidding when they named this a cherry porter. Fruit flavor actually dominates the nose.

T: I'm scared since I think this is gonna taste like an infected porter... it doesn't. Cherry overtones are clear as night but don't cloud the licquorice, burnt malt, bitter chocolate and cocoa. Unbelievably delicious. Vanilla smooths out the pronounced sweet and slightly tart fruit flavor. Bitterness is just right. Licquorice creeps up towards the end but never quite takes over. Finish is outstandingly messy, leaving trails of cocoa and black cherries.

M: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and very very smooth. Silky in the mouth, the feel serves to perfectly incorporate all the complexities of this beer together. Finish is messy but its leaves such a delicious aftertaste, I don't mind at all.

D: There are a handful of breweries that try to do fruit flavored stouts and porters... this one is by far the best that I've ever had. The magic here is how the cherries complement the signature chocolate, cocoa, and licquorice taste without taking away from it or overwhelming it. I can't wait to get myself a case of this one. I'd give it a 6.0 if I could.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Blackish red with red on the edges. Not a whole lot of head on this one.

S - It smells like a pretty solid porter with some fairly big overbearing cherry sent. Slightly roasted taste, but not a ton.

T - The cherry is not nearly as present as I was expecting. A fairly nice stout taste with a slightly cherry taste, a bit sour, but not like a wild ale. Some slightly roasted taste.

M - Actually lighter bodied than I would have guess, pretty smooth, not much carbonation.

D - An easy drinker, the sweetness helps to make it more drinkable, nothing offensive in it helps get it down easy.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer is black with little carbonation giving rise to a light tan head. The head is oily looking as it finishes.

The aroma is strong and super sweet. Tons of cherry and sweetness, not much else. A light coffee finish but this is all about the cherry.

The taste is totally opposite of the aroma, tons of coffee with a very faint cherry finish but kind of alcoholic.

The feel is really light, not a whole light going one.

Pretty easy to drink.

Overall, this is ok, great on the front reminds me of kre but drinking it isn't as fulfilling as smelling it.

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Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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