Cherries Of Fire | Karbach Brewing Co.

Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 131 ratings

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fun Series #6

Added by champ103 on 08-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by mentor:
Photo of mentor
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of medium-brown head over a pitch liquid. Very small edgings of dark brown when held to light. Smells strongly of barrel (waxy and raw), alcohol, some chocolate-covered cherries, mild spicy zip.

Tastes chocolate, dry pitty cherry, clean alcohol sting, vanilla, waxy oak is not as raw as the nose foretold. Md thick and modest carbonation. Lingering peppery alcohol sting burns the roof of the mouth. May be the best use of cherries in a beer, though that's not saying much. Use of cherries in beer is difficult. Overall, a very nice beer.

 554 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jtladner
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of hsus0225
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of snargles
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap, pours dark, but reddish and semi transparent in the light, nice color.
smell is not overwhelming, but the cherries are noticeable
the head also has a reddish tint and the taste of the head is very cherry.
the bourbon comes through, but not intense or even as pronounced as with the other BBA Hellfighters (001 & 003).if you compare to those, it's similar, but not nearly as bold or thick. Although it may just be from the cherries cutting through. Whereas 001 & 003 were heavy porters that were more like stouts, this porter feels much lighter, like maybe a strong brown ale and is highly drinkable. Just the perfect amount of cherries, not overdone like 99% of other fruit beers. I could pretty much guzzle this porter anytime, they better make more of this stuff. outstanding!

 786 characters

Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Crazydaddyo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Travix1516
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Denzo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AirborneBeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JamLand
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of bmurray10
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GeoCait
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kbuzz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of CaptainFleeker
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of goochpunch
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a dark almost black with ruby highlights. Head is tan with a touch of pink. Booze is way too strong in the nose, but I like what's underneath it. Definitely get bourbon barrel and cherries with the porter backbone. I'd like a little less vanilla in the smell, but I guess that's barrel aging for you. What a pleasant surprise this beer is. I was expecting a sweet mess of flavors. I wasn't too big on 003, so that's where that is coming from. The cherries and bourbon character work so well together, and I get more of the base beer than what I did with 003. Nice chocolate notes throughout. Surprisingly not that boozy tasting, considering the nose. The mouthfeel could be smoother in terms of carbonation, and thicker for what the flavors bring. Almost thin considering what this beer brings to the plate, talking about taste. Overall, this is a tasty beer. I'm glad I got another one to squirrel away until Christmas. Let's see if it develops more.

 961 characters

Photo of LakerLeith
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Cherries Of Fire from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91.6% out of 100 with 131 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.