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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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86
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 21
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009)
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Photo of bakeller
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: pours dark brown with a slight dark red tinge when held up to the light. Minimal tan head that dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. No lacing. Tiny bubbles cascade upwards.

S: Roasted malty goodness. There is a large coffee note. Very minimal cherry however as the beer warms, a mild sweet cherry aroma appears.

T: Same as smell...Roasted malts, coffee, and mild coca upfront. Some cherry flavor in back. Get a boozy aftertaste that lingers quite a while

M: Medium body. Smooth. Mild carbonation

D: Tasty porter that is quite drinkable. Would recommend

bakeller, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Jerktookmyname
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was hoping for more from this as a Brewers Gone Wild beer.

The base of it is the very good imperial porter from Tyranena, but that's basically all this was. There is a bit of tartness from the cherry, but no real cherry taste or aroma.

I'm hoping for a re-brew on this, because they make such good beer there and this could be a real winner with a bit more cherry.

Jerktookmyname, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Wisconsin
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick dark black body that allows no light to pass through it. The head pours about a 2" tan head.

S - Roasted undertones, malts and a hint of chocolate. There is also some sweetness that hits your nose as well.

T - Very smooth chocolate and roasted malts and undertones. There is a nice cherry sweetness that blends in to make this a rather smooth combination. Overall the sweetness is not that strong though.

M - Good balance of chocolate, roasted undertones and malts along with a cherry sweetness.

D - Pretty good for a porter. The balance of sweetness and malts makes this high for a porter.

Wisconsin, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of akokandy
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 12oz brown bottle poured into a mug. Beer is black with red highlights. Very small head and poor retention. No lacing left on the glass.

S- Mostly smells like a normal porter. Roasted notes, especially coffee and some chocolate nuances. Hard to pick up strong aromas. Definitely a sweet-smelling beer, but I don't smell any cherry.

T- Not an overwhelming taste at all. For a special-release beer I expected a more over-the-top flavor. That said, it was still pretty good. Sweet up front, with notes of chocolate and coffee and roasted notes. Cherry is present in the finish. The cherry flavor is very subtle, much less pronounced than the label led me to believe. No alcohol or hop flavor.

M- Really pretty thin and with very low carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy though.

D- Definitely goes down easy. I'm about to pour another.

akokandy, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours mahogany out of the glass that settles in as a deep, dark brown with ruby hints around the edges. The head is fairly small and recedes quickly to a ring with little lacing.

The aroma isn't much different than a solid porter. It's dominated by dark roasted coffee, hints of chocolate and dark malts. I don't get much cherry in the nose at all.

The taste follows the aroma to some degree but has a dark cherry sweetness right up front and a little bit in the finish. Other than that its roasted malts, coffee and a little bit of baker's chocolate.

The mouthfeel is defiinitely light for a baltic porter, if that's what we're categorizing this as. It's medium bodied as a normal porter with low carbonation and a bit slick.

I enjoyed this porter, though the cherry presence was very subdued and almost non-existent in the nose. I'm a big fan of Tyranena's BGW series and this one is middle-of-the-road.

gford217, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inky black in the glass. Thin and moderately fluffy thick head of dark tanned foam laps at the top breifly. A few spots of lace are splattered about.

Aroma is a nice lofty creamed dark coffee and toffeeish roast, bakers chocolate, and dark cherry.

Flavors are steady and firm in the same notions as the aroma delivers. Nice and chocolatey, mild coffee roast with cream and toffee. Wondeful little undertone throughout of tangy deep and dark cherry ascents that lift towards the finish as it drys slightly with a bittering chocolate and a bit of leafy hops.

Firm, smooth, soft, and supple medium body. Mildly tanged in cherry, tamed in bittering chocolate, and smoothed over in a lofty fluff.

A very nice porter. Smooth and tasty and quite drinkable. Name is a bit long...but Tyranena has really been stretching those out with the Brewers Gone Wild editions anyways, so I guess its fitting?

tavernjef, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown almost black beer with a nice dark tan head that holds pretty well and leave a nice lacing down the glass.

S- Dark roasted malt, some chocolate. Also some good sweet aromas, molasses and dark fruits of course including cherry. This beer smells very sweet and malty.

T- Lots of sweet cherry and chocolate up front. Then it drys out to some nice bitter roasted flavors. Nice waves of flavor not too complex or overwhelming.

M- Medium bodied nice smooth silky mouth feel. Drys out in the end and has some nice bitter bite.

Overall- I am not usually a big fan of fruit in my porter but this was done well. I really enjoyed this beer.

br3wmeister, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 4-pack when I was in Kenosha. Served in my FOBAB pint glass.

A - Dime-sized mocha foam that dissipates quickly with no lacing. It's brown, but one shade away from black, with a reddish tinge at the edge of the glass.

S - Coffee with cream, chocolate, cherries, roasty malts, a little bit of smoke. This is pretty delicious smelling.

T - The taste is a little more understated - starts with bitter coffee roastiness, but finishes with sweet malt and a touch of candied cherries.

M - Moderate carbonation, which is surprising considering how bubbly some of Tyranena's other porters have been. More on the medium side in viscosity, with some acidity to it.

D - Easy drinking on this one - moderate ABV & carbonation, and a solid fairly unique flavor. I'd definitely drink a couple of these.

The cherry is pretty understated, but the base porter is quite tasty anyway. Not my favorite Tyranena porter, but a nice change of pace.

MasterSki, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like engine oil, slight tan head. Can't see through this black porter with red highlights. Really nice looking. Good lace.

Fresh roasty porter malt with stone fruit, cherries anyone? Subdued on the nose but round and malty, no hops.

Flavor has rich porter malt, chocolaty with a great smooth finish. The fruit is very subtle. I love that this is less than 8% abv, no sign of it. Incredible mouthfeel, silky and smooth and heavy all in one. This goes down very nicely as an after lunch treat. The cherry has a hard time coming through, would have liked more to balance the chocolate malt.

Another great porter from these guys, keep 'em coming.

robbyc1, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of ejquin
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black white head that fades.

S: Slight Mustiness and roasted malt. Some milk and vanilla, some cherry, but nothing over the top.

T: Cofee and milk fading to some roasted malt and smokiness. A semi-tart sweetness in the back from the cherries. Finish is more cherries and some bitter espresso.

Ovr: Good, but not great. The cherries added another dimention, but gave the porter a tart sweetness that tasted a bit wierd to me. I felt the beer was a little to thin to stand up to this and it pushed it just out of balance.

ejquin, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of MPLS
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new addition to the Brewer's Gone Wild series and I have loved all the porter variations before so I did not hesitate to buy a 4-pack.

A: Nice dark and dirty body, small 0.5 cm chocolate head, and tidy lacing.

S: Roasted, faint sweetness, and traces of smoke

T: Solid, but not as boner inducing as their coffee porters. A sweet roasted flavor, followed by mellow smoked malts, concentrate and you can feel the cherries tip toe on the sides of your tongue.

M: Low carbonation, evident with minimal head. Nice medium mouthfeel.

D: The cherries do no put a huge assault on the palate, but the easy drinking nature and mild smoke make this beer a treat. Still prefer their other coffee porters over this guy...when will they release a chocolate porter!?

MPLS, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is just so much you can do with a porter/imperial porter base. And Tyranena is proving that. They do a great job with all their variations of imperial porter-based beers. Here's another one.

Almost totally opaque. Although some ruby streaking is noted in the body of the beer when held to an ultraviolet, highly radiant light source. Aroma is quite chocolatey and a little smoky. Faint, faint hints of cherry but really not that much in the aroma. Cherry notes are very subtle on the palate as well, which is good in my opinion. I'd hate to see a good imperial porter ruined because of obtuse cherry flavors. Malts provide chocolate and fudge like characteristics. Lingering roastiness is pleasant. Pretty much everything about this beer is pleasant. Quite an easy drinker.

Bighuge, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT snifter.

Bottled on 05FEB09.

A: Pours with a pretty typical porter viscosity and color (thin and black). Small khaki colored head recedes immediately to a whispy skim and finely bubbled ring. Small amount of lace.

S: Aromas of heavily roasted grains, bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, and, if I try really hard and use my imagination, the slightest hint of tart cherry.

T: The taste picks up slightly more complexity than the smell would lead you to believe. In addition to the blackened malt and bitter chocolate there are notes of campfire smoke, burnt espresso, vanilla, and fudge. The cherry flavor is more apparent in the taste.

M: Pretty bitter and tangy. Heavily roasted malt means dry notes and a creeping tart cherry acidity. More so as it warms.

D: Pretty good, but not life changing. I guess we've become pretty spoiled by the BGW series.

GbVDave, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with NobleSquirrel (thanks!).

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, some cherries in there, and some chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, cherries, and roasty. The cherries are there but not overbearing and somewhat on the subtle side.

hopdog, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Buebie
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Picked this single up tonight at Heritage.

Poured from a brown 12oz stubby into a tulip.
1 inch of tan brown head receeds quickly leaving a cola like film of retention and frothy streaks.
Black in color with no light penetration.

Aroma of heavily roasted grains, coffee, hints of smoke and just a touch of chocolate grains. The tineast touch of somthing citric in the background off a rigerous swirl.

The taste brings cherries in after the swallow, but up front there is somthing mildly fruity with hints of citric acidity or tartness from the cherries.
For a baltic porter this really lacks depth in the mouthfeel. Its midly creamy with hints at thickness from smooth carbonation. Other then that, the mouthfeel seems to drop out leaving me dissapointed there. There is some slimey slickness, but its mostly thin and over carbonated.
Alot of roasty character from this with more coffee in the flavor and touches of smoke. It gets a little husky with ceral grains taking up more and more of the taste. I almost want to say that rye has been added.
The finish is dry and lingers with more coffee, smoke and husky grains.

Not at all impressed with this one. The brewers did not go wild.

Buebie, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like all of Tyranena's BGW porters, it pours jet black with a moderate rise of tan froth.
The nose is smoky and roasty, with loud expression of espresso and dark chocolate. It gets increasingly fudgey as it warms. But, curiously, I don't smell even a hint of cherries. It still smells delicious, but caveat emptor.
It plods into the mouth with that familiar and welcome mix of toostie roll gooey chocolate candies, spent coffee beans, and smoke. Though smoke seems a hair more pronounced here than in some of their past offerings. There are nuances of vanilla-caramel nougat, and- if I strain hard enough- black cherries. There is a low lying acidity and that is the best evidence of their presence. It rides out and lingers much as it starts: a fudge bomb- with chocolate, espresso, and smoke.
Full bodied, teeth gripping, lowly carbonation, and decadent. The aforementioned acidity seems to thin things a bit (at least in comparison to BGW porters past). Still, it's pretty rotund.
I like this in spite of (or, more likely, due to) the lack of overt cherry footprints. It's very much in line with things Tyranena has done previously, and without any true unique spin. One could make a gripe about repetitiveness, but with a base porter so good, that argument is inane. The cherries aren't really needed here.
All told, it amounts to a delicious, semi-failed, experiment.

cokes, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of Soneast
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with barely perceptible mahogany highlights. The 2 finger, light brown colored head has mediocre retention, eventually dissipating to a small skim on the surface, with some moderate lacing.

The aroma is heavy with burnt coffee in addition to some chocolatey malt undertones. Only a slight black cherry aroma that I could detect on the nose.

The flavors is also predominated by coffee with some chocolate covered cherries coming through on the back end, leaving a light cherry, bitter chocolate flavor on the palate.

This beer is quite full bodied with, what I would consider, to be an appropriate amount fo carbonation for the style. Overall it tastes like and average porter, the cherry flavors are very subdued and don't make a large presence, which isn't that bad of a thing considering my dislike of cherries.

Soneast, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another 4-pack with a terrible name but intriguing concept...picked up at steves on university

appearance: poured into a tyranena pint, dark mahogany body with light amber tints, moderate beige cap with light retention

smell: light whiffs of cherry puree, roasted malt and peat, a touch of chocolate

taste: well, i was expecting a bit more from this one...the cherry and porter dont coexist with great results. in reality, the cherry puree is drowned by the roasty porter traits and in the end, this one is just kind of a jumbled mess. not bad by any stretch, but not up to the excellent standard of the series

mouthfeel: roasty and medium bodied

drinkability: ok

dirtylou, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cherry porter from tyranena, taken from the same 'base' recipe as dirty old man and the devil brews, according to their weekly emails.

A- Poured an opaque dark body, with some tan head on top. the fead was pretty tall but fell pretty quickly as well.

S- the dark malt is dominating the scents. pretty solid as well. ide wish for a bit more cherry on top. its nice to see what the base malt is like before all the other characteristics of aging have done to the beers.

T- a solid dark porter, not much roasted character, mainly chocolate malts. the cherry is almost hard to discern in the dark malts. still a relatively complex porter however i was a little excited for a higher degree of cherry maltiness.

M- pretty thick and heavy. lightly carbonated.

D- a solid beer. i guess im a little disappointed due to the cherry aspect, but other wise its a solid beer throughout.

Atron67, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark pour with a quickly receding head.

Smells of faint cherries and chocolate. Enticing.

Taste is a bit disappointing compared to the nose. Typically solid Tyranena porter is not complimented well by the cherry flavor. I expected a bolder presence, but it pushes in at the end without much tartness.

Mouthfeel is decent, malts hold up.

Easy to drink in regards to abv, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find more.

BarrytheBear, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of milwaukeeclassic
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tyranena brewtap in Lake Mills on 2/11/2009.

This is a beer that got a lot better as it warmed up and I think that you must let it warm up before drinking it.

After it warms, it has a mild aroma of cherries...not overpowering at all. The taste is a tart cherry flavor up front and a nice malty finish. The Tyranena imperial porter base is so good and the cherry accents complement it very well.

milwaukeeclassic, Feb 12, 2009
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Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.