Blackboard Series #7 - Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Blackboard Series #7 - Black Forest Cake Stout with CherryBlackboard Series #7 - Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry
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Style:
American Stout
Ranked #810
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,647
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 12.37%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
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Blackboard Series #7 - Black Forest Cake Stout with CherryBlackboard Series #7 - Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry
Notes: Sweet meets savory in our Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry. Roasted Malt balances out lush cherry flavor and ends with a bittersweet finish.
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Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this from the bottle chilled in a cup purchased at Wegmans
the color is black with opaque clarity and tan head.
The smell is malt with a slight stone fruit aroma.
The feel is full with dry body and moderate carbonation with roast and slight sweetness with a fruity presence.
This is a good stout without a lot of adjunct flavor more balance of malt with roast and some mild alcohol and fruit but not a ton of cocoa taste.
The overall impression is this is good but not very dessert-like

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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly black pour with 2 fingers of tannish head. Solid ring of lacing.

S: Roasted grains, dark sugars, and black cherry. Sweet and bitter.

T/F: Just like the nose... rich roasted grains and burned sugars... cocoa, cherry juice... mix of sweet fruit and bitter roast. Also mild tartness from the cherry. Good flavor combinations... medium bodied with nice carbonation. The finish is cherry chocolate.

O: A pretty delicious cherry/chocolate stout from Victory. One of their better 'blackboard' releases. An enjoyable dessert beer.

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard poured from a bottle. Nice very dark brown, almost black color. Tan head that sticks around a bit and laces nice. Cherry and chocolate smells, with flavour that follows. Nice bitter chocolate and sour cherry is what I’m getting. Good flavour and a very good beer!

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Photo of NathanBeets
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 2/19/28. Consumed on 2/21/18. Shoot.

Pours black with a good sized khaki tan head. Beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell of tart cherries mainly.

A bit of roast bitterness on the back end.

An ok brew. Not amazing by any means. Not terrible.

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Photo of EMH73
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a well retained thin tan head that left spotty lacing. Smells of chocolate covered cherries. Tastes of tart cherries, dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, roasted malts and an unpleasant earthy quality. Thin mouth feel, light bodied, minimal carbonation. Overall a disappointment.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with less than an inch of mocha head that leaves very little head.

The smell is cherry and chocolate. Roasted malt comes through after it warms a bit.

The flavor is dark roasted malt bordering on burnt popcorn. I get a little dark chocolate and even less cherry. The roasted malt leaves somewhat of a bitter coffee aftertaste.

Medium to full mouthfeel

It looked and smelled good. The burnt toast and black coffee taste grew coated my palate and the lack of much chocolate and cherry in the taste was a little disappointing.

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Photo of Ob512316
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into glass. The color is black with thin tan head. The smell conists of dark chocolate and cherry with a hint of mocha. The taste is similar to the smell. The chocolate and cherry are mixed together, but the chocolate is stronger than the cherry. This beer feels a little heavy due to the abv. Overall this beer tastes like it's advertised so its a win.

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Photo of dertyd
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a black color, with 1 finger of super dence chocolate milk colored head------------------ the aromas are of dark roasted malts, dark fruits and cherry cough syrup------------------ the flavors are of cherry tartness, chocolate, earthy/minerality and chocolate teddy grahams, the beer has a thin mouthfeel with a roasted bitterness on the finish-------------- overall this beer was ok, I was hoping for something different, it was to thin and didn't taste like cake, it had a cherry cough syrup vibe with a toasty bitterness that threw me off

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Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, strong spicy hops, piney hops, slight sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is very sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt, strong spicy hops, piney hops, slight wood, sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, too sharp and the blend is off, but good appearance, aroma, and complexity.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- black with hints of red tones but not much. Quite opaque. minimal head on the pour and it is dark red.

S- cherry, chocolate and coffee nose

F- sweet dark chocolate with sweet/sour cherry rounding it out. coffee in there as well

M- chewy and moist like a cake. coffee comes through as i drink more of the pint.

O- a decent stout and quite interesting. Only to be enjoyed on a winter day though.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph. Pours a jet black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Sweet cherry aroma replete with hints of chocolate and mocha. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a half finger brown head with great retention and nice lacing, looks good. Aroma of dark toasted malt with some light char, coffee and cocoa; not getting any cherry. Flavor is slightly sweet dark toasted malt with light char, milk chocolate and sweet/tart cherry. Finishes with lingering milk chocolate and cherry. Medium bodied with nice light creaminess and sharp carbonation. Although the chocolate flavor does not rise to the level of Black Forest Cake (it leans more milk chocolate than dark), the chocolate with cherry does invoke that dessert. Fortunately, this is not as sweet as that cake and the flavor is not quite as intense. I'd like to see a little more deep chocolate to balance the cherry, but the malt is up to supporting the fruit flavors. Tartness in stouts is not my favorite profile, but the malt body in this was pleasant enough to keep my interest. A good, but not great, chocolate stout.

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Photo of BB1313
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 2/19/18. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a nice fluffy khaki head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some hints of cocoa and almonds. The cherry aromas are pretty mild. The cherries come through in the flavor department. It's sweet and slightly tart. Subtle roasted characteristics. The chocolate comes through. It has some chocolate syrup going on. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. It's extremely fluffy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid stout. The cherries are the star without dominating or being overwhelming. They deliver on what they advertised.

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Photo of ordybill
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a pitch black color with a large brown head. The aroma is malt bliss. The taste is malt and sweet cherries.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a bottle of Victory's Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry last week for $2.29 at The Lager Mill. This one sounds a little interesting and I'm curious to see what it's all about, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it has a nice and clean design that works well with it. It poured a darker brown color that was almost black and it didn't change when held to the light and it had a little over a fingers worth of creamy and slightly bubbly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it was just a little darker.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a nice dark chocolate aroma being the first to show up and it's just a little chocolate cake like, but it goes right into some plastic and cardboard like off aromas that almost seem to stick out the most. Up next comes a little bit of that cherry and that goes into the malts which impart a grainy, roasted malt, watery malt, light doughy and light nutty aromas with some sweet malts showing up in the background. This beer doesn't have the best aroma, the plastic and cardboard aspects hold it back.

T- the taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the chocolate still being the first to show up, it's still a little chocolate cake like, but this time it has more of a milk chocolate and creamy chocolate like flavors. Up next comes the off flavors with some plastic and cardboard aspects that I got in the aroma and that goes into the cherry which shows up a little more than it did in the aroma. Towards the end comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and this time they show up a little more. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with some lighter tartness and sweetness taking it's place. This isn't a great tasting beer, the off flavors hurt and the finish could be better.

M- A little smooth, creamy, a little velvety, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I didn't think this beer was that great and I think it;s a below average example of the style, between the off flavors and aromas and the tart finish this beer was pretty rough around the edges and there seems to be a good amount of room for improvement. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is more than enough for me, anymore than that and the taste would start to ware on me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were both nice and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the off flavors/aromas and the tart finish, those aspects really held this beer back from being as good as it could be. I wouldn't buy this beer and I can't say I would recommend it, if I was in the mood for something like this I would just rather have a Bells Cherry STout. All in all i'm not a big fan of this beer, it's got some nice aspects, but the bad aspects seem to out weigh them. It's one of my least favorite beers that I've had from Victory lately and it's below average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ABV.

Jet black with a dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a nice blend of dark chocolate and dark cherries, a noticeable char as well as a moderate hop character. A touch of smoke is present. While creamy, this doesn't really scream cake. The palate opens with a blend of dark roasted malt and cherries, the bitterness of the former tempering the sweetness and tartness of the latter. The cherries have a real depth to them, incorporating a mild tannin note as well. Medium in body and softly carbonated, this beer finishes long and mildly sweet with a strong cherry note. Arguably, this is mildly medicinal, but it really does work with the chocolate notes here. Very nice.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: December 10, 2017... OCCASION: Browns almost get their first win, but fall to 0-13--solace in this beer? GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours a velvet-black body with a thick, frothy finger of oatmeal brown head... lacing is picturesque loops of coral... cocoa, gingerbread, sugary esters, plum, cupcake, lactic characteristics with little or no cherry of note... sips with a thick-as-molasses seep, creamy through the mouth and settling with a sweet warmth... more on the finish--a chocolaty pudding eases the throat, with the slightest pitch of cherry cola, sharp and full-bodied... thick roasted malts present a baked dessertif that leaves a sweet rum... an enjoyable, slow-sipping stout that accompanies this sub-30 degree night well and right... almost could require a knife and fork for its digestion...

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Photo of ksimons
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-almost black with a fingers worth of light tan head

S-roasted coffee, chocolate

T-taste has the same roasted coffee and chocolate as the aroma but with the tartness of cherry. Sort of an odd combination of flavors.

M-dry, medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall it does take sort of like a black forest cake with cherry, but I am not sure that is a good thing, just an odd combination of flavors

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Photo of SMZBrew
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is roasted chocolate, coffee, and surprisingly detectable hint of hops which was not expected from this type of brew. Nice lacing and decent head retention. The flavor is kind of a broken roller coaster ride that makes you go WTF at least a few times. Nice mouthfeel that starts with bitter sweet chocolate and coffee then gets completely overpowered by a sour aftertaste which then gets overpowered by a bitter after aftertaste. There are two dominant flavors chocolate and sour that are just fighting with each other. It is abrupt and unbalanced for me. Interesting but I will not be repeating this purchase.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Let me start by saying that I am so far disappointed by the Blackboard series offered by the fine Victory Brewery. Here we go...

Pours an intense brown so deep as to appear black producing 4+ fingers of moderately lasting, frothy, mocha head that leaves a frothy, large bubbled surface cap & a webby coating of lace. Aroma is earthy dark malt, roast, smoke, dark semisweet chocolate, coffee & undertones of dried figs, tobacco, thin floral hop tones & only a hint of cherry. Taste is dusty cocoa, dark semisweet chocolate, roasted (burnt) malt & smoke literally STOMPED by tart black/wild cherry followed by bitter mid-sip coffee, figs & toffee. Finishes much like the earlier portions of the sip but rapidly develops and even more intense tart black cherry, bitterness, smoke & burnt notes in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy bodied with medium carbonation, oily but creamy, chewy & wet fronted but with a spicy, prickly & dry finish/aftertaste. Well I hate to say it but this is a decent, nay good American Stout ruined by too much tart cherry.

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Photo of hman43
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has a deep aroma of chocolate and roast. There is a hint of cherry in the nose and a hint of cocoa.

Taste: It has a very rich, sweet chocolate taste with a sweet of cherries. There is a moderate amount of roast as well. There are hints of vanilla as secondary flavors.

Feel: It has a creamy, moderately full texture and body. It finishes sweet.

Overall, a good, flavorful stout that is a bit too sweet as the roasted elements mix moderately well.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first few sips were overwhelming coffee flavor with a cake flavor on the back end. However, as this beer warmed up, it got a bit gross tasting. Normally, stouts are a bit tastier when they're not ice cold, but this beer, not so much.

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Photo of matcris
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

LOOKS: Black, with a finger of tan head that lasts forever. Nice, thick lacing left down the glass.
AROMA: Yea, smells nothing like BFC. Dark roasted malt, a bit smoky/charred. Bacon!!! No cherries!!!!
TASTE: Strong smoky deep roasted malt flavor. Cherries? The first swig knocked me back on my heels. Did not get any cherries until the next swig, and it was way minor.
FEEL: Average carbonation, dry, medium body.
OVERALL: I guess by 'Black Forest' they mean burnt forest. No, just no. WTF is up with the crazy burnt bacon smoke flavor, Victory?? BFCake, anyone? Save your money!!!

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Photo of CHickman
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release No. 07, 2017, it pours very dark brown or black color with a massive 3 finger foamy tan head that was packed with tiny bubbles, fading extremely slowly and leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides. Looked like an ice cream float as the head eased down. Bought this bottle at the brewery a few weeks back, happy it started out looking so good.

Smells of malt, yeast, metallic notes, cherry cough syrup and cake batter. Not much chocolate as I was expecting more.

Tastes like chocolate cake, roasted malts, coffee grinds, cherry soda, yeast, metallic notes, cocoa powder, tea leaf and earthy notes. Not the typical stout flavor as the cherry adds a sweetness that changes the entire complexity of this brew. It does resemble cake batter and the icing sweetness of a cake, which is cool that they accomplished what they set out to brew, but I could not drink more than 1 of these as it's a tad bit too sweet for me. Solid craft beer effort, worth a try.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am delving into New Victorkugel's Beer Sunday (Week 665) with great gusto, continuing with this beer!

From the bottle: "Sweet meets savory in our Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry. Roasted malt balances out lush cherry flavors and ends with a bittersweet finish. Brewmasters' Approval: [undersigned] Bill [&] Ron".

I Pop!ped the cap, but feeling feisty, I gave it a bit of a heavy-handed pour. Why? I liked the way that it produced a pseudo-cascade, resulting in just under two fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a pronounced smoky, dark chocolate quality, but the cherry seemed to be getting overwhelmed. Mouthfeel was big, thick, full & creamy, almost as though it had been an N2 pour. Aha! Now, I could taste the cherry! This was a decent beer with its emphasis on being a dry Stout with its rich dark chocolate flavor & light smokiness, offset by the sweetness of the cherry, but I might have enjoyed it more if they had employed sour cherries instead. If they used sour cherries, then they definitely need to revisit the recipe on this one. Finish was dry, pleasant enough, but just not what I was thinking that it would be.

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Blackboard Series #7 - Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 150 ratings