12th Anniversary Sour Cherry Stout | Springfield Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Springfield Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by wnh on 12-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Photo of bamadog
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this as an extra in a trade sometime last summer, can't remember from who exactly, but thanks whoever you are! Review is from notes taken on 6/27/2011 and poured from the bottle (looks pretty classy with a cool label that looks rustic, and a nice dark crimson waxed cap) to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is darkest brown, near black, like fresh brewed coffee and it starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger dark tan, creamy head that fades quickly to a thin, uneven skim that still looks creamy (almost like the top of a glass of Ovaltine or something); body is entirely opaque, but I'm curious as to how thick it will actually be as it looked just a touch thin on the pour; big patches of long stretches of lacing are left behind and some lingering spots as well.

Smell: Smell is awesome -- lots of big sour cherries, but sour in a truly intentional way as opposed to something that's infected (or intentionally infected, I guess); big bittersweet chocolate malts and a milky creaminess as well; slight coffee roastiness and bitterness.

Taste: Lots of sour/tart cherries, kind of overwhelming at first as it's really the first and only flavor for the first few moments; once it settles a little bit, the milky creaminess really starts to come out and there is a definite bittersweet baker's chocolate presence in the mouth and a touch of bitter and earthy roastiness. Taste is good, not quite as good as the smell, but I'm happy to have had it (definitely better than Bell's Cherry Stout).

Mouthfeel: Body is of light-medium in terms of weight, and the carbonation is present, but soft and pretty smooth; roof of the mouth is coated with a thick, moist and sticky coating and the teeth feel a little gritty; belly is left a little warm from the acidity from the cherries.

Overall: Definitely worth drinking and I'm pleased to have received this one, especially as an extra that I didn't have to pay for; excellent smell with good flavors to match, it makes for a great night cap and would probably be a nice dessert too.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do believe this is the 12th anniversary sour cherry stout.

Pours black with a creamy, light brown head and thick lacing.

Rich, woody aroma with cherry intermingled.

It has an unmistakeable sour cherry taste without being wild in any way with woody chocolate mixed in. Light-medium body, almost thin, with a short, clean finish and no hops to speak of.

Overall, pretty good. I'm not going to rush out for another, but worth trying.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and very slight cherry. Fits the style of an Americna Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight tartness noticeable. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and a general tartness (citrus). Overall, a cherry was not overpowering (which I liked), and the tartness was balanced out nicely with the bitterness of the malts.

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Photo of wnh
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Springfield Brewing Company's current "Black Sheep" offering, as of 12/08/2009.

Pours a dark red-tinted deep brown with a foamy dark tan head.

Nose of bright cherry atop roasted grain and dark chocolate. Not much head space left in the glass--the beer has been poured nearly to the lip--so I'm having a hard time getting much out of this.

Roasted malt entry, turning to sweet caramel before quickly bringing forth tart cherry. The cherry flavor is much larger on the palate than on the nose, for what it's worth, though it eventually levels off, providing a strong dose of fruitiness without overpowering the stout characteristics of this beer. Medium bodied and somewhat firm.

Not an easy beer for me to drink, though I suppose this is just a personal preference for keeping my fruit and my stout separate. Not a bad beer, in any case.

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12th Anniversary Sour Cherry Stout from Springfield Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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