Cherry Porter | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

Cherry PorterCherry Porter
BA SCORE
3.93/5
45 Ratings
Cherry PorterCherry Porter
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
Ranking:
#11,567
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
45
pDev:
9.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A surprise again from this brewery. Fresh seems to make a difference. A decent porter, with cherry juice which is not for all, moderat8ng the portery mouthfeel. Looked like a wine, with reddish colour and quite fruity characteristics. Very malty and try hopped. Tart finish. Thanks Pootz for sharing.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was shopping at Sherbrooke last night for some Scottish beer, the better for my Gaelic friends to cry in today, as we watched Italy finally put an end to Scotland's Euro 2008 qualification hopes. With an armful of heather, gooseberry, and scotch ale, I had almost made it to the checkout, when this bulbous, festive-looking large bottle with the Wild Rose label on it caught my eye. A ribbon of fake mistletoe hanging around the neck, I realized it was the seasonal Cherry Porter, recently arrived from the good folks down south.

Today, after helping the Scots drown their sorrows, it's a quiet Saturday evening, HNIC about the only thing going on, and that big bottle with the kitschy holiday theme was burning a hole in the top shelf of my fridge. After glancing at the previous years' reviews, it seems that the label design and text this year haven't changed, but are amusing nonetheless. I'm not quite wrapping Christmas gifts just yet, so I just dove right in.

This beer pours a muddled, very dark brown cola hue, almost black, with some thin basal highlights, and two chubby fingers of puffy and creamy tan head, which sticks around for a few minutes, before rendering some nice sea froth splash lace around the glass.

It smells of fairly tart, kind of vegetal cherries, with mild medicinal twinges (cherry cough syrup sans the sweetness?), dry, chalky cocoa, somewhat meaty roasted caramel malt, a touch of day-old coffee, and some soft lactic sourness – a nod to the historical ways of London porter? The taste carries on with more of the tart cherries, complemented by a burgeoning caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, a fading roasted coffee bean bitterness, lumbering milky notes, and rather tame earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is adequate, not too many bubbles, which perfectly suits, the body perhaps a bit too much on the light/thin side, but smooth enough, with a slight airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, struggling cherry fruitiness, and understated bready caramel notes limping somewhat into that good night.

An enjoyable flavoured porter, as the extra alcohol that helps push this into seasonal delight territory is very well hidden. As for drinkability – well, I’d ask for a bit more cohesion and fullness of flavour, were it closer to the holidays and I was small enough to still plop down onto Santa’s lap. At any rate, a nice winter brew to help us cope with the next few months, until spring comes into view.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L swing top bottle poured into pint glass dec14 2009

A black with a giant mocha head that has great retention and leaves a fair bit of lace. as the foam slowly falls it turns to a island on top of a 1/2inch head never really falling completely

S mild coffee and chocolate and a little smoke and cherry

T tastes as it smells with a little more cherry but still quite mild, and I think this is a good thing not over the top like so many other fruit beers

M silky, smooth but a little flat but that doesn't hurt its cause to much

D well worth trying and I will be drinking this again

I drank this last month at the tap room and was a little happier with my pour at home. much warmer at home and not full to the rim allowing a head to exist. to be honest that was my only complaint with the tap room is how this beer was served. all that aside one of my favorites from Wild Rose and only wish it was brewed more often

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

Another interesting Wild Rose brew. Fresh at least. Pours a deep dark black, cloudy with good head and lacing. Smelled kind of metallic, vanilla and malt backbone. Tastes like malted sour cherries and vanilla notes. Pretty full beer, creamy with a tart sour cherry finish. Nicely carbonated. Thanks pootz.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - night sky black with tall brown head that left randoms sticky lacing
S - light dark chocolate and sweet cherry, burnt malt with light coffee notes
T - strong smoky and dark roasted malt flavours, with sweet cherry and dark chocolate building through the finish
M - smooth chewy with a carbonation kick that leaves a smoky dry sensation
D - this should be listed as a porter rather than Fruit beer, it is a legit porter with a cherry chocolate accent, a very nice offering, although I found the smokiness of it to somewhat take away from the feature flavour, BUT very drinkable

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always liked the Cherry Porter from the big bottles, so this was a good excuse to go back to the Tap Room and try it on tap.
Black looking with only a smalll amount of light sneaking through the edges. Thin layer of foam, thin stringy lace.
Aromas of cocoa/chocolate, a little cherry sweetness, some alcohol warmth comes through as it warms. Nice porter flavors, roasted malts, a bit of smokiness. Good cherry fruit finish, noticable, but not overly sweet or artificial. Nicely balanced. Thick yet smooth mouthfeel. A nice easy to drink sipper that gets deeper and more complex as it warms up.
I always look forward to this winter seasonal.

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Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 litre swingtop bottle shared with my lovely wife as per the instructions on the bottle. POured very dark brown... in fact, make that black, with a cream coloured head that laced splendidly. The appearance is really amazing, and I'm mightily impressed. Aroma of coffee, bitter cocoa and coffee. The cherry flavour is wonderfully integrated into what is a remarkably solid porter in its own right. Great cocoa and coffee flavours, with a cherry profile always lurking in the background. Bloody excellent in fact, and one of the best fruit flavoured beers I've come across. Medium body and carbonation round things off, with a slightly waming finish.

Thanks to Alex for this excellent beer!

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A holiday seasonal from Wild Rose, offered in their long 1 litre brown bottle and adorned with a gold ribbon and sprig of fake holly(?), although those berries look more like cranberries, or even (ahem) small cherries if you use a bit of creative license. It's a nice package, far better than bringing wine to all of those Xmas parties you're invited to this year.

Pours out thick and black, the way it should be. When held up to the light only the faintest walnut nimbus can be seen along the bottom of the glass. It's capped by a big creamy beige head that recedes after a few sips, but leaves a wall of lace in it's wake.

Aroma at first is all big roasted malt and coffee, but as it warms up the sweetish sour scent of cherries becomes more apparent.

Once again, the flavour of cherry is only apparent after it warms up a bit. Mild sour cherry up front, while the finish is all roasted and chocolate malt, with the cherry showing up again in the aftertaste, this time bittersweet. Very interesting balance. I had my doubts about this at first, but given time the subtleties start becoming more apparent.

Mouthfeel is creamy at first, but then becomes surprisingly oily on the finish.

I'm impressed by Wild Rose this time around, the thought that was put into this porter was well worth the effort. If you're expecting a kriek lambic style flavour then forget it, the cherry flavour here is to accentuate the dark malts. Something to share with your sweet baby in front of that crackling fire on those cold winters nights, or better yet, under the mistletoe.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of pootz
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1liter Jug 1 week fresh from the Brewey. Poured a clear ruby-mahogany color with a small off white cap that goes fast to a ring...softly carbonated. Nose is interesting...coffee and cherry coke. Taste was a surprise these two tastes do marry if they are not over done..there was just enough real cherry taste to compliment the coffee and charred malt tastes giving a tart roasty cherry cola decernment. This variaton on a porter works.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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 leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -3.6%
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 Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

I was expecting a lot more from this beer.

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Photo of elricorico
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a hint of red or purple to it. No head left in my chalice, but a thin tan ring in my wife's glass.

The smell is a faint smoke with a bit of fruity tartness. The smell is not very strong, but is alright.

Taste starts with semi-sweet cherries and runs back to a nutty finish, most closely resembling peanuts to us. The coffee flavour is almost absent, left as an undertone. All together it makes a pleasant taste, though nothing amazing.

The beer is a little less than medium bodied with almost nothing for carbonation. This isn't a bad thing for this beer, though a bit more thickness would benefit.

A very drinkable beer, and would be a good treat to share during a winter get-together.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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 IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Comes in a gorgeous, giant 1L swing-top bottle. Once cracked it pours a deep, impenetrable black with a thick, high, pillowy light tan head that leaves intricate webs of lacing.

There's not much more going on in the nose other than roast, coffee and cocoa, as well as some pear like esters. And no bad thing.

The taste is a little restrained, the roast in the nose isn't as prominent in the taste, it's more like charred wood, but it's there along with coffee and baker's chocolate joined by a nice cherry sweetness that works in harmony with the overall flavor. Slightly tart in the aftertaste. The label says the taste is reminiscent of black forest cake, and I can totally see where they are coming from. Except that I hate black forest cake and I really like this beer. Go figure. Overall just a really good balance and depth of flavor.

The body is a little light and thin with a good amount of carbonation.

I drank the 1L bottle by myself, but you'd be much better off heeding the label's suggestion to share it. One litre is too much of a good thing.

I'm normally anti-fruit-in-beer but this one's convinced me that, when done right, fruit in beer can be a good thing.

Received from stagger. Thank you once again, kind sir.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of oakbluff
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One litre bottle. Appearance- pours very dark with ruby highlites. Minimal mocha head. Nose- chocolate malt and stale cherry. Taste- sour cherry and chocolate milk powder. The components- (cherry and porter) don't seem to mingle well. The cherry is upfront and dies off quick leaving a thin bodied earthy cocoa flavoured flatish ale.

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Photo of artemh
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Cherry Porter from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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