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Cherries Of Fire | Karbach Brewing Co.

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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bomber poured into nonic

L: classic stout look and pour -- black, impossible for light to get through, perhaps reddish black on the edges up to the light; massive brown head of foam super thick and creamy, at least an inch to 1 1/3 inches; not a ton of stick or lace but the brew is keeping a nice skin of brown foam on top with a thick collar

S: chocolate cherries -- a malted note, too, so that you can envision an ice cream/chocolate-cherry/malt/shake/sundae ... the cherries on top are unmistakable; vanilla; muted/sour grapes, like wine, but really this thing is a mix of vanilla ice cream with cherries more and more as it warms; just a hint of oak but only a hint

T: chocolate, cherry, alcohol ... there's some definite spice on the tongue, and i'm too untutored in the palatte to tell if it's: alcohol burn, carbonation burn or hops? it might be all three, for there is surely a nice whiskey note in this thing; as it warms a little, that Maker's Mark is mushing into the cherry note into one hell of a sweet taste

F: perfect. thick but not lumpy, smooth but not overly slick, plenty of carbonation to make it very drinkable. Hellfighter is a fantastic porter, and barrel-aging it does nothing to hurt its construction. Bravo, Karbach!

O: i had a tulip of this at the brewery the week it came out in August, and I held off reviewing it for good reasons; what I remember from the fresh quaff that day is all right here a few months later out of this bottle.

i could overplay the hand here and give this beer all 5s because its that good. Karbach has effectively turned an already-damn good porter into a perfect example of why brewers experiment -- the barrel aging here works perfectly, and the cherries are not a gimmick; they truly are adding to the presentation. if the head on this beer stuck and laced, it'd be 5s across the board. as it is, it's 5s in my heart. what a brew!!!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely love this beer. My favorite of the FUN series so far. Smells of cherries and bourbon. Not overly sweet and not cough syrupy at all (I've read some reviews that made the claim). Just a good touch of sweetness on the back end. Also not overly boozy like some BBA beers can be. Karbach really hit the mark here.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an impenetrable, opaque black color. A massive and rocky tan head rises to over two fingers with cascading bubbles. Light lace, but really impressive.
S: Oh ya, that perfect medley of oak, roasted malt, light coffee. Chocolate covered cherries linger in the finish. Everything is so perfectly balanced, and I love it.
T: Again a perfectly balanced, and great medley of everything. The barrel flavor is up front with oak/wood, light coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Then the wonderful chocolate covered cherries. Just a very light tartness lingers and builds a bit as this warms, which pulls everything together.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. So smooth, creamy, airy, and decadent. Just a great sipper. The alcohol is really well masked, and it is so enjoyable to drink.

An excellent variation of the BBA Hellfighter. Like that release, one of the best of its kind in this state. Really well done, and highly recommended. Again, well done Karbach.

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Cherries Of Fire from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 131 ratings
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