Cherry Porter | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Alberta, Canada
wildrosebrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using only the plumpest, ripest whole BC cherries, each glass of Cherry Porter is lush and creamy with a fruity aroma.

Rich and sensual, the flavour is reminiscent of Black Forest cake with sweet chocolate notes and a slightly smoky character from the roasted malts.

Added by IronDjinn on 11-25-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
9.23%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
For Trade:
1
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Photo of JPNesker
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to check this one off my list for a long time. The look is lovely indeed - a nice tan head on top of a deep and dark body. I found the smell to be subtle - roasted malt with a hint of cherry cola. The taste remains true to its porter nature - roasted chocolate with faint cherry popping its head up on first sip. The finish is dry and clean. I enjoyed this with a spicy brunch - a civilized breakfast beer, to be sure!

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Photo of toddomundo
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sherpahigh
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerplamo
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dawai
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful head. Notes of cherry (of course) chocolate, coffee. Rich and smooth. Low on the IBU scale.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

I was expecting a lot more from this beer.

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Photo of andy1701
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Ianleesrivette
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BashOnABike
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 1L bottle into 4oz taster glass.

A: Minimal tan, frothy head; rosy cola colour; little lacing.

S: Sugary malt--almost Belgian--with lots of porter typically, cherry overtones and a little smoke and coriander.

T: A little underwhelming..at first: smoky porter turns to malty cherry, with a subtly-sour, long lasting aftertaste. Mmm! Vanilla, citrus and hop, with hints of cola.

M: Somewhat underwhelming, a thin body with moderate carb and a frothy finish. Avg.

O: A unique and somewhat-festive bevy which I would defy buy again. Not en everyday drinker but certainly a great house warmer or the likes.

Merry Christmas y'all!

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Photo of shagal
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tonyf55
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seasonal, served on-tap at the Wild rose brewery in December 2011 in a snifter glass.

Visual (4): Really dark opaque colour. No clarity. A minimal head, but an awesome creamy tan colour that lingers on top and around the edge of the beer.

Aroma (4): Light black cherry below coffee roasted malt flavour. Burnt smell prevails, while the dark cherry flavour really wrestles to find its way around the dark malty scents. The beer was served a little too cold, and the cherry might have come through if it was warmer.

Taste (4): Slightly salty (odd), with burnt tastes of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits, mainly cherry (obviously). The burnt malt flavour lingers intensely and definitely over-powers any hop that may be present. True to a good porter taste.

Mouthfeel (4): A nice creamy mouthfeel that washes over the tounge. Carbonation is not over-powering but present and does weill to slightly subdue the powerful toasted malt flavours.

Overall (4): The look of the beer is true to the style and looks amazing in the Wildrose snifter (in the brewery). The burnt malt smell and flavour tend to be a little too dominating, almost forcing out the dark cherry flavour, if you're not looking for it.. Great as a sipping beer as the carbonation adds a complex mouthfeel that makes the burnt flavours last heavily on the pallet. Might be a little difficult for people who were expecting a Cherry beer to accept the predominant burnt flavours. Overall, an amazing winter seasonal that I'll look forward to every year.

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Photo of leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- 2011 made. Poured with a creamy head. Blackish reddish in appearance. Nice lacing as well.

Smell- Tart cherries, toffee, and caramel notes.

Taste- Immediately hit with the tart cherries and a hint of coffee. Dry finish with very easy drinkability. ABV is pretty well hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied porter which has smooth consistency.

Overall- A nice offering from Wildrose. A well balanced porter that is great for the fall/winter season. I would pick up another bottle if available.

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Photo of Shadman
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big assed fliop top bottle.

Black as night colour with just the faintest hints of mahogany red around the edges. Think, creamy head left oodles of lacing.

Aramo was fairly muted. Dark roast coffee, hint of dark chocolate cake. I guess I was especting something more robust.

Taste follows nose in this case except the aftermentioned flavours beccme nore pronounced. The chocolate and slightly sour cheery meld well into a dark bitter cake flavour. Some coffee notes and a slight chalkiness.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth with a medium body. No worries here.

Was a nice beer to drink last night in front of our fireplace.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampling a 1L pop top bottle of the 2010 batch, which was available Nov-Dec '10....

A- Love the bottle with the pop top....very royal looking bottle shape as well! Pours about as dark a black/brown as you're gonna find anywhere, and has just a tinge of cola hues around the top and bottom ring of liquid. The head is dense and puffy with caramel coloring. It retains very well, settling slowly from around two-three inches thick to about a half inch thick cloud. Lacing is sticky and foams nicely on my glass!

S- The aromas are dominated by freshly brewed coffee and a mild milk chocolate undertone. There is a dry roasted malt character to the finish with just a hint of cherry fruit....I was hoping to smell just a bit more of this. Maybe I'm smelling a vague alcohol whiff here as well....

T- The flavors are very much the same as in the aromas, with just a bit more of the cherry coming through. It starts with rich and roasted malts, followed by a blend of coffee and cocoa....it almost has a ground chicory root bitterness/dryness to it. The finish is where the essence of fruit is noticeable, which is nice actually, as it ends with just enough of crispy fresh cherry to warrant another drink of this elixir! I would definitely like to taste a little more of the cherry in future offerings however, but it is there!

M- Thick bodied, smooth carbonation and the alcohol hides well within the rich flavors provided here. The viscous nature of the brew glides gently over my palate, coating it well and giving me something to chew on. Good job in this department!

D- Normally I wouldn't be able to have more than a couple of porter style beers in a sitting but this one is different due to it's slightly sweet nature. It has a refreshing finish which makes me want more! I'd definitely have no problem enjoying this over an evening or more likely, with a meal! My only disappointment is that there's not as much cherry flavor as I was hoping for, but this is a minor complaint. Good job overall!

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Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a thumb of mocha head, decent retention (couple minutes), settling leaving some fine lacing.

S - Scent is definitely dominated by dark cocoa and espreso malts with a hint of cherry on the finish. The scent is muddied a bit by a chalky musty scent which is a bit odd.

T - Again, espresso and chocolate dominate, with the cherries making an appearance, but coming across quite mild. The description of Black Forest Cake is quite accurate, or alternatively some dark chocolate covered cherries. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied, goes down smooth and leaves your palette wet and awaiting more.

D - Overall this is a very tasty offering from Wild Rose. I'm glad I picked up a bottle and I would definitely recommend it to others. Don't expect an overwhelming cherry flavour, but it's a nice change from other cherry porters I've had where the cherry is too synthetic. Higher ABV goes unnoticed as well, which is quite nice.

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Cherry Porter from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
3.9 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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