Cherries Of Fire | Karbach Brewing Co.

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131 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
karbachbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
131
Reviews:
14
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
27
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Holland
1.8/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure if something was wrong with the brew or if that's just how this beer is meant to be. It was incredibly yeasty and reminded me of a homebrew that was not well executed. Couldn't taste any roasted flavors over the yeast and slightly tart cherry. No sweetness as I would expect in a big beer like this. Very disappointing overall.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.24/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.72/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank the beer and only rated it. My tastes have changed since then, but cannot review it because it is retired. Did have more of a cherry bourbon taste.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of inlimbo77
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 2013
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a deep dark brown/black. Full finger of medium tan head. Tight bubbles. Alcohol feet. Some lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. Mild roast. There cherry is fairly muted, but comes up as it warms.

T: Deep dark chocolate initially. Getting some vanilla, but not as pronounced as I was expecting. Same goes with cherry character. Lingering chocolate and medium.

M: Medium full bodied beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on-draught yesterday at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival here in Austin, Texas. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given its current position on the Southwest Top 50 list (#36). Cost was $3.00 USD per 4 oz; I got enough to adequately review the beer, but my review below is truncated because the festival environment didn't allow one to go into much detail and/or quietly reflect.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of beige-khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good even lacing. Retention is good for the high ABV, about 5-6 minutes.

Body colour is a very dark brown-black. Not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible. Opaque.

A pretty standard appearance for the style. It's appealing, but not unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Cream, bourbon, vanilla, vague cherry fruit, dark malts, chocolate malt. Some actual milk chocolate in there too. No yeast character or hop character is detectable. Seemingly balanced, with some nuance I guess. A hint of alcohol is noticeable.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength. I hoped to pick up more of the barrel notes from the aroma.

T/Mf: Obvious cherry fruit with accompanying caramel sweetness hits right on the open - an excellent introduction. Dark malts, chocolate malts, and milk chocolate notes follow, filling out the body nicely. I get a hint of bourbon with some derivative vanilla.

Good depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour for the style. I quite like it.

Complex enough, with some subtlety - particularly in terms of the cherry. The cherry fruit works very well here with the other notes, though it doesn't quite evoke the chocolate covered cherry that would really make this beer glorious. Well balanced; cohesive, but not gestalt. Tasty stuff all around. No yeast, alcohol, or hop character comes through.

Has a great creamy texture. Smooth and wet. Unrefreshing but approachable. Good body and thickness. Good presence on the palate. Carbonation is adequate. The texture complements the taste nicely; well executed.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I'd definitely get it again; in fact I intend to in order to go into proper detail in my review. A solid porter I consider myself lucky to have tried. I'd happily get three pins of this one after the other; it seems that quaffable. Hides its ABV very well. A well executed, quality beer across the board. I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners.

Not only was this my favourite beer of the festival, it's one of the best Texan beers I've had so far.

Low A-

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Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -2%

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Cherries Of Fire from Karbach Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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