Black Forest - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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2.84/5 rDev -21.5%
A: dark brown with crimson at the edges; almost no head; a thin ring that stuck around; no lacing;
S: a little like cough syrup; better smelling cherry as it warmed;
T: cherry cough syrup up front; a little porter showing through at mid-palate; the finish was back to cough syrup;
M: seems syrupy to me, but that might be my mind playing tricks on me because of the flavor; low carbonation;
O: disappointing; no chocolate and the cherry aspect was off putting;
08-13-2014 20:14:01 | More by HamdenHector
3.8/5 rDev +5%
22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, lightly tart cherry, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, brown sugar, light coffee, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, cherry, and light-moderate yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, lightly tart cherry, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, brown sugar, light coffee, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cherry, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, brown sugar, light coffee, raisin, plum, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, cherry, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial English porter style. All around good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, cherry, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. I would have liked a bit more cherry presence; but as an general English imperial porter, it was very enjoyable overall.
08-10-2014 19:17:19 | More by superspak
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
"A hearty malt base is complemented by sweet cherry juice and cocoa nibs added during fermentation in this decade take on a traditional porter. Notes of rich chocolate and a hint of cherry sweetness make this full-bodied porter the perfect treat to share now or to cellar until next Valentine's Day." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Porter with cherry juice added. Available as a limited run beer in 22 oz. bottles and limited draft.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a chocolatey brown head of a crisp frothy consistency over a deep cola brown body with crimson highlights. Retention is average, and there is no lacing. 3
(Smell) Moderately roasted barley, unsweetened cocoa, and a hint of slightly tart cherry juice over a pale syrup malt body. Slightly sweet, clean with a porter-appropriate lightness to the aroma. Potency is medium/high. 3.5
(Taste) The cherry impact is slightly better found in the flavor, up front with a tart fruit juice profile, medium dry. The sweetness of the beer is understated in the flavor, with slightly more specialty malt defining it than sweetness or fullness. It finishes with a earthy touch of licorice and roast and a pinch of sharp ethanol. There isn't any noticeable hop character in the flavor, with much of the balance coming from the roasted malt as well as the tartness of the cherry juice. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, chalky and medium dry. Carbonation is high for a crisp, zippy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy amongst all beer. Balance is slightly tart and roasty over sweet. Alcohol presence is medium with a slightly exposed ethanol booziness in the finish that slightly hampers drinkability, although the flavor profile is varied and enjoyable enough to where I could easily enjoy the beer despite this setback. 3.5
(Overall) The appearance of this beer was reminiscent of fizzy cola, and I feared a very sweet and syrupy canned cherry presence prior to this beer, but was pleasantly surprised that the cherry character is mostly a fruity tartness with a nice roasted malt backbone to pair. The sweetness is kept reasonably withdrawn, perhaps slightly to my criticism given the specialty malt build, but is genuinely a porter in its lightness and drinkability. My biggest complaint is the slightly boozy edge this beer has, which is a negative impact on drinkability. Overall it was a decent beer with a unique tart cherry profile and a moderate drinkability. 3.5
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall's
Black Forest Imperial Cherry Chocolate Porter
08-10-2014 00:23:17 | More by Jadjunk
3.94/5 rDev +8.8%
An excellent cherry chocolate porter from Harpoon. Pours a thick dark brown with a very large tan head that dissipates to a light lacing that clings slightly to the side of the glass. Cherries, chocolate, and dark roasted malts---pretty much as the name says, on the nose. Taste of raisins, sweet cherries, brown sugar, silky smooth roasted buttery caramel, and cola on the taste, light hops bitterness and moderately carbonated mothfeel. Very well rounded with the cherries taste muted and not overpowering, everything in a great balance. Often one could say save fruit for a famine and water for a draught, yet this one embraces everything in a nice even flavor profile. Cheers.
06-20-2014 23:52:31 | More by Brutaltruth
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
On tap at the Owl House in Rochester, NY.
Pours a fairly dark brown, with a tan colored one inch head, and a little bit of creamy lacing down the glass.
Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, sweet malt, and the slightest hint of cherry.
The taste is similar. Very creamy silky chocolate taste, like Hershey's syrup, with some cocoa powder, a faint hint of chocolate covered cherries. Some alcohol is noticeable, but it's not detracting at all, it's more of a pleasant warming buzz.
Medium bodied, creamy silky mouthfeel. Basically no carbonation, with a flat mouthfeel, the only big knock on this one.
I wish the cherry was a little more pronounced here, with some additional roasted malt and a less flat mouthfeel. Despite these complaints, the beer is undeniably tasty.
06-19-2014 13:28:24 | More by GreesyFizeek
Black Forest from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.