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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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 14
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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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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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.

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