Oak-Aged Cherry Stout | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Slatetank on 04-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Iron Hill Phoenixville during their “Make It Funky” event on 4/29/11. Served in a 10 oz goblet.

Pours a deep murky amber, with an off-white head that dissipates very quickly, not leaving back much in the way of retention or lacing. The aroma is strong with tart cherry character, with a dry fruitiness from the wine barrel hanging on the edges. There is a zesty smelling light funkiness that hangs underneath but it mostly gets buried behind all of the cherries. A light cocoa and caramel blend adds some very light sugary sweetness along the back of the nose.

I think that the cherries dominate the taste even more, with a deep pithy tartness to this that nearly renders the dark malts and fresh zesty brett flavors across the back an afterthought. The barrel pretty much makes itself known only in the finish with a dry and tannic feel that lingers. The mouthfee is medium bodied, with a lively carbonation that dances around in the mouth to a good degree. Alcohol flavors are well hid in the body but I did start to feel this one a bit by the bottom of the glass.

This certainly wasn’t bad and I quite enjoyed it as a Cherry Stout, but like others have said, that character just completely dominates this to the point where it crowds out the complexity that you would be looking for from the wine barrel and brett addition. Those cherries really came on strong here!

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Deuane
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Murky, dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head that reduced to nothing and left zero lace.

S-Bright tart cherries, with mild notes of chocolate, roasted malt, must and oak. Other than the cherry punch the augmenting aromas are very light.

T-Tart CHERRY! Oh, and then other flavours follow....dark chocolate, dark roasted malt and oak dryness. Quite one dimensional and it takes some true hunting to track down other flavour notes.

M-Medium bodied and a bit thin. Cherry tartness lingers throughout.

D-Enjoyable, if you are looking for a CHERRY stout. Overall though, this becomes tedious and tiresome. I really had to hunt for more flavours in the profile other than CHERRY. If the cherries were toned down, the body was bumped up a notch and accenting flavours were developed more this one could become a winner.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the West Chester, PA location. Read the description and said, "I absolutely have to try this." Poured into a flute glass...

A - Murky, brown color with some dark brown-red highlights when held to the light. No head was present when it was presented. No lacing.

S - Tart cherries and chocolate right up front. Funk comes right next along with some other dark fruits and some musky notes. Not getting much in the way of wine barrel, as the cherries and funk dominate.

T - Very tart cherries right up front and really dominating the rest of the flavors. Chocolate comes through as does the funk. But the cherries seem to take hold of it all in the end. Some oak dryness comes through which is nice.

M - Medium bodied, but more on the thin side for me. Lively carbonation.

O - Nice offering, but I feel that this one fell short a bit. Cherry dominates the flavors, which to me isn't the worst thing. I was just excited for a more integrated beer.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Iron Hill Lancaster Sour event.

A – Pours deep brown with a small frothy off-white head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S – Smells of tart cherries, chocolate malt, mild funk, dark fruit, and some wine barrel. This would be much better if they could dial back the cherries just a touch. Still pretty good.

T - Are we sure this is a sour? Sure tastes like a cherry stout to me. Tons of tart cherries up front slowly giving way to a mix of tart sourness, light chocolate sweetness, dark roasted malt, and some dry wine/wood tannin from the barrel. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time. This was good but it never really crossed the bridge to being great.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. This one is a bit too thin in the feel. The finish is a mix of dryness and dark roast, lingering for a short period of time.

O - I would say this was the worst beer of the day but it was still pretty enjoyable. I think once the cherries die down a bit it has the potential to be very good. Hope I get to try it again in the future.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Oak-aged Cherry stout has a brown body and a small yet thick looking brown head that lays down a little bit of lacing.

Chocolate and cherries in the aroma, with a hint of sourness to back it up.

Up front there is a good bite of sourness, but it doesn't last for long, as the taste segues into a natural cherry flavor. The cherry lingers for a while, bringing a bit of its own tartness, along with some sweetness and big fruit flavors. Eventually the malts manage to break through the fruit with a good bit of chocolate, some molasses and a bit of roast. Hints of vanilla and spicy oak from the barrel.

Carbonation is good, but the body is a touch light.

Lots of fruit and a bit of sourness make this one predominantly a CHERRY stout, with the other characteristics following behind.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the 'Make it Funky' event at Lancaster Iron Hill. Served chilled in a 12oz pils glass.

The color is almost like chocolate milk -medium brown with very creamy look with a thick band of light beige cream and tiny bead which settles to a ring. The smell has a strong cherry presence with mild funk and subtle toasted/caramel odor. The feel is both dry intertwined with some sweet tinges from the malt and fruit. The stout has a mild roasted component with tangy texture of wild yeast and a toasted dry finish.

The flavor has a good amount of cherry pie which comes forward on the palate as tart and has mild sweetness w/ light bitter edge and mild caramel note which could be some vanilla influence from the barrel w/ light roasted note and hint of molasses with very slight funky brett element that gives the perception of fruit tannin. This is a good stout and I enjoyed the blend of cherry and the way the barrel aging added a twist, I am not sure I would order more than 1 in a sitting, but it was enjoyable. The only criticism I have is the body seems thin.

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Oak-Aged Cherry Stout from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 7 ratings