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
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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:
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 optiontwo
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of levifunk
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of DrewHodges
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of Strix
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of farrago
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour yields finger plus of light brown microfoam, dissolves away at a rapid pace, very light lacing left behind. Black colored liquid, maybe a momentary suggestion of orange at the outermost edges. Coffee grounds, cocoa powder, dark chocolate all appear in the nose with a serious roasted quality, challah bread, pinch of chicory, any cherry scents are as vague as can be, credible staying power, lasts about as long as you'd want to keep smelling it. Medium-bodied, extremely dry and powdery on the tongue. Again, coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, cocoa and chicory most present. Close to zero sign of cherry fruit. The carbonation appears to be trying, not so much succeeding. Moderate breadiness, glimmer of a hoppy kick at the end. More or less drinks light a straight-up porter. Competent, but nothing noteworthy about it.

Photo of degerbah
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque brown with no head at all. The aroma is of very sweet malt. The taste is more of the sam. Basically there is no hint of cherries at all in the beer. It is sweeter than some other stouts, but really a non-descript stout. I probably wouldn't buy this again if gieven the opprotunity.

Photo of pwoods
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. stubby brown bottle. Extra from OHLRangers, thanks again Ed!

A: Pours pretty much pitch black, no light. About a 1/2 inch of head forms and holds for a bit. A little bit of lacing.

S: Not much of a nose. Light cherry and some vanilla or maybe a little cream. Very light roastiness.

T/M:: Pleasant roastiness with some chocolate notes mixed in. Cherry is tasty and not too big or sweet. A little bit more of the vanilla with a creamy lacto kinda edge to it. Body is medium or so with smooth carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty well but the lacto edge is a bit of a turn off.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperialking strikes again...

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a thin ring of tan foam on top.

S: The nose definitely has some cherries in there, but not too much else. There is some slight roast along with a nice sweetness.

T: The flavor is also sweet with some pretty decent cherry flavor along with mild roast and chocolate.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation a little on the low side.

D: An easy drinking beer with some pretty decent cherry flavor. I suppose this might have been more impressive when fresh, but still quite enjoyable.

Photo of heliosphann
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz snubby bottle with a twist-off cap. Recieved several of these from various BA's last year. Served in a Pint Glass.

A: Pours almost black, with reddish accents. No head whatsoever. A little lacing on the glass. Pretty mediocre for a porter.

S: Slightly roasted malts, some faint chocolate and tart cherry juice.

T: Comes across very similar to the smell, except the chocolate is more prevalent and there's not much roastiness. There is a slight amount of sweetness, and hints of black cherries and dark fruits The back end is mostly tartness from the cherries, with some alcohol and a medicinal tinge to follow.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is a little too low, and the beer comes off thin, but slightly syrupy. Strange.

D: My glass went pretty fast, and the 7.5% ABV is pretty well hidden. I wouldn't really consider having another however. The tartness and medicinal flavors were tough on the palate.

Probably my least favorite beer I've tried from the Brewers Gone Wild Series. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either. I think it has good potential though with a few tweaks.

Photo of srandycarter
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark, with small tan head, leaves fast. Not too exciting.

S - Old burnt coffee and chocolate.

T - Taste matches smell in most terms. Yeah, even second evaluation confirms.

M - Medium body, good card, balance pretty good.

D - Not more than one.

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, light brown head that dissipated quickly. It left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of black cherries and rich cocoa. There was a slightly floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate and roasty malt. There was almost a smoky flavor mixed with the semi-tart cherry flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light to medium-bodied porter.

D - This is a different take on a porter. Overall, it's a good beer with mostly like the longest name for a beer that I've ever had.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Bottled on 05FEB09. No other info.

A - Little hints of dark mahogany shows through the bottom of a totally black glass. A tall yet quiet pour gives off no more than a thin film of bubbles. No retention or lace.

S - Lots of fresh cherries and cocoa seem to work well together on the first whiff. Deep mocha chocolate comes out too with a very light alcohol hint. Lingering in the back is a very roasted malt nose with a dry bitterness.

T - Bold and robust, the flavor is heavily a roasted malt flavor that gives heavy notes of mocha and chocolate within the thickness. A little coffee pokes in but the cherry is primarily found in the nose. It only adds a little tart flavor to the end with the dry bitter roastiness.

M - Thick and borderline syrupy, Paradise is a bold, full-bodied beer with low carbonation and a firm feel that ends very dry and bitter.

D - A sipper. It's bold, robust flavor and thick body make for a warming, soft experience but it wont go down very fast. Good none-the-less.

Photo of vacax
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a compact layer of tan head with microbubbles, good retention for the size and a few spots of lace. Smells of tootsie rolls, chocolate malt, and good amounts of cherry - somewhere between dried cherries and syrup. A certain sort of heat in the nose that could be either alcohol or syrupy cherry. Tastes of syrupy tart cherries, pleasant malt sweetness to even that out, chocolatey, and a roasty finish. Body is quite full and luscious, lovely coating feeling as I drink it with a matching low but not too low carbonation. Quite tasty beer with a lovely texture, definitely something I would enjoy drinking again.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by gford217 - thanks!

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts and dark chocolate with little aroma from tart cherries. As the beer warms the impact of the cherries grows.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though with considerably more tart cherry flavors than the smell intimated. Smooth roasted malt flavors are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate. Midway through the sip lightly tart dark cherry flavors enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I have to say I was a bit disappointed after my first sniff but as this warms it comes into its own. Worth a shot.

Photo of mikereaser
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/10/09 thanks to Hophead101

A - Pours a pitch black color with a bit of tan foam

S - Cherry flavor is subtle but something seems off, lightly roasted malt

T - roasted malt up front, coffee bitterness, the cherries are there but not that evident

M - medium bodied with good carbonation

D - I was really expecting alot more from this, thought the cherries would be more prominent. Not bad, but I guess i wanted more from it.

Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade from a generous BA. It pours pitch black with ruby highlights and a 2 finger white head. The aroma is chocolate covered cherries. The flavor profile has deep, dark chocolate upfront with a sour cherry backbone. The chocolatey finish lingers. This beer is great, the cherries make a great accent to this one.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black. No light can be seen when held up directly to a lamp. The light mocha head reaches about one finger before fading to reveal no lace.

The aroma is standard Tyranena porter. Roast malts, black coffee and dark chocolate. Unfortunately no cherry. I let the beer warm to room temp and I could not find a trace of cherry. I'm torn as to whether I should take points off for not hitting the advertised name. It's a fantastic porter just no cherry to be found.

The flavor is spot on porter. Not that I'm shocked. This is Tyranena of course. Roast smokey malt, black coffee, dark bitter chocolate. Once again though not a trace of cherry. I love chocolate covered cherries so this is a slight dissapointment. I was hoping for some nice cherry flavor. A very good porter yet not what the label claims.

Medium to full body with hardly any carbonation.

Overall I'm knocking points off for not hitting the mark on the cherry asspect but this a damn fine porter so I'm not complaing too much.

Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark black cherry out of the bottle but appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass. Thin beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Sweet vinous aroma that is slightly roasty with a lot of sweet cherry and syrupy fruit notes along with hints of roasted chocolate malt, coffee bean, burnt toast and subtle lactic creaminess.

Silky, malty medium body that is slightly and viscous and chewy with lots of chocolate malt, slightly roasted coffee bean, toast and oatmeal. All of this is lying underneath a very sweet, vinous cherry/dark fruit character that is slightly tart. The flavor and mouthfeel of this beer was a surprise based on the aroma. I thought that it would be cloyingly sweet and syrupy but this was prett complex with a lot of sweet and roasty malt character. The cherry presence is pretty sweet but is also slightly tart/sour at the same time. Might be a bit too sweet for some but I liked it.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my Secret Santa 2009 haul from Scoobydank. A stubby 12oz. twist-off bottled: February 5th. 2009. Poured into my Victory shaker glass. The porter appears a dark chestnut color with about a finger of quickly fading tan foam. The head leaves no lacing to speak of. Nose and flavor consist of dark roasted grain, black cherry skin and puree, cherry juice, prunes, dark chocolate, molasses, dark brown sugar aromas, bittersweet, and nicely roasted. Body and carbonation leave a bit to be desired, but not a major problem here. Overall, pretty tasty stuff. I found my glass emptying rather quickly. Been looking forward to trying this since I saw the label approval some time ago. Glad for the chance. Thanks again Scooby!

Photo of tprokop7
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from a generous trader last week. Poured from the bottle into Brooklyn snifter. First review in a while...

Thick and black, with a tan head that fades to lacing around the edge of the glass. Aroma is dominated by cherries, with notes of dark roasted grains and other dark fruits... maybe raisins. Cherry flavor dominates at first, but it fades quickly. The middle is a bit flat, and it finishes with a gentle dark-roast bitterness. Moderate carbonation, and pretty viscous. The beer is on the sweet side for a porter, but it fits with the cherry. I like this beer, glad I had the chance to try it.

Photo of blackearth
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Flannery's II in Oconomowoc, WI. Pours a jet black body with a bit of burgandy in the corners. Has a dark tan head that dissapates quickly. Aromas are of sweet roasted malt with a touch of cherry. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavors of dark roasted malts with cherry in the finish and aftertaste. Needs to be savored, but goes down smooth and easy. If you can find this one, pull the trigger.

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