Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry PorterParadise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 138
Reviews by Strix:
Photo of Strix
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Super dark brown, some initial head, fading to little.

Roasted smells, slightest hint of cherry.

Roasted malt, coffee, cherry, oak, vanilla. All tastes are very subtle, even when warm. Dry.

Super smooth mouthfeel, coats the mouth.

This was alright, I wasn't blown away. I really liked the mouthfeel, but the taste was very understaded.

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Photo of sgoodship
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was from Steve's Liquors in Madison, where I went a little crazy with the make a 6. They didn't mind - great people.

A: Close to black with a touch of ruby on the edges against the light. Delivered a small coffee stained tan head with a little bubble in it. Leaves a decent spotty lacing considering the small amount of head.

S: Lovely dark, roasty malt. Very coffeeish. Some plum-like dark fruit. Looking for cherry specifically and it's not jumping out at me immediately. A little tart cherry comes through as it warms more.

T: A wee bit thin in flavor on the first pass. Tingling on the lips, some dark fruitiness and then a roasty coffee finish. A dry, tangy, spicy aftertaste. I think the cherry is coming across on the tart aftertaste. Going to let this warm up and see where that takes us. Ah, I'm liking that a lot better. Getting that stale porter roastines and more of the tartness coming through now. Very nice indeed. Always worth warming up these darker brews beyond recommended to see what's under the hood.

M: The light side of medium bodied. Medium carbonation that is a little too aggressive on the lips and palette. Very clean - not as round as you would expect in the mouthfeel.

D: Not sure this is bold enough to be considered a Baltic Porter. Not an expert on that style, so I'll stop right there. Carbonation hinders the experience of the flavor profile for me. I didn't miss a deeper commitment to cherry because it is seldom done well and there is nothing worse than an artificial cherry flavor. I enjoyed it. It was a nice play between roasty and tart. I'd drink it again and recommend taking it for a spin but it's not in my top porter lineup.

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Photo of blackearth
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Flannery's II in Oconomowoc, WI. Pours a jet black body with a bit of burgandy in the corners. Has a dark tan head that dissapates quickly. Aromas are of sweet roasted malt with a touch of cherry. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavors of dark roasted malts with cherry in the finish and aftertaste. Needs to be savored, but goes down smooth and easy. If you can find this one, pull the trigger.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last bottle of this brew pours a deep black with dark brown edges and a half inch of light tan foam on top of the brew. Aromas of rich deep roasted malts upfront with good chocolate and a bit of coffer undertone as well. Fruity, mashed cherry scents lurk around with a touch of smokiness.

First sip brings tasty roasted dark malts upfront along with a little bit of a smoky twang. Notes of chocolate and coffee weave in and out as it flows down along with a nice fruity kick from the cherry. There's a slight tartness on the finish along with lingering roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Good carbonation and perfect body for me for an imperial porter. I must say I love Tyranena's porters and the addition of cherry here is a nice twist. It's well placed and not at all overbearing. Good stuff.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by gford217 - thanks!

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts and dark chocolate with little aroma from tart cherries. As the beer warms the impact of the cherries grows.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though with considerably more tart cherry flavors than the smell intimated. Smooth roasted malt flavors are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate. Midway through the sip lightly tart dark cherry flavors enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I have to say I was a bit disappointed after my first sniff but as this warms it comes into its own. Worth a shot.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a black dense body with a thin film of light tan head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a few tiny bubbles that stick to the glass before popping off and disappearing into the body.

S- The aroma of coffee roasted black malt has some note of graham and a light bitter black malt finish with a faint cherry hint.

T- The big coffee roasted malt has graham notes and dark toasted malt notes with a roasted bitter malt flavor that lingers briefly after the finish. There is a faint tartness that might be cherry that comes through as the beer warms a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture and no alcohol heat.

D- This is a nice little porter although it is a bit thin in flavor. I really don't get any cherry until it is pretty warm and even then I'm not sure it really is cherry.

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Photo of pwoods
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. stubby brown bottle. Extra from OHLRangers, thanks again Ed!

A: Pours pretty much pitch black, no light. About a 1/2 inch of head forms and holds for a bit. A little bit of lacing.

S: Not much of a nose. Light cherry and some vanilla or maybe a little cream. Very light roastiness.

T/M:: Pleasant roastiness with some chocolate notes mixed in. Cherry is tasty and not too big or sweet. A little bit more of the vanilla with a creamy lacto kinda edge to it. Body is medium or so with smooth carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty well but the lacto edge is a bit of a turn off.

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Photo of degerbah
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque brown with no head at all. The aroma is of very sweet malt. The taste is more of the sam. Basically there is no hint of cherries at all in the beer. It is sweeter than some other stouts, but really a non-descript stout. I probably wouldn't buy this again if gieven the opprotunity.

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Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like all of Tyranena's BGW porters, it pours jet black with a moderate rise of tan froth.
The nose is smoky and roasty, with loud expression of espresso and dark chocolate. It gets increasingly fudgey as it warms. But, curiously, I don't smell even a hint of cherries. It still smells delicious, but caveat emptor.
It plods into the mouth with that familiar and welcome mix of toostie roll gooey chocolate candies, spent coffee beans, and smoke. Though smoke seems a hair more pronounced here than in some of their past offerings. There are nuances of vanilla-caramel nougat, and- if I strain hard enough- black cherries. There is a low lying acidity and that is the best evidence of their presence. It rides out and lingers much as it starts: a fudge bomb- with chocolate, espresso, and smoke.
Full bodied, teeth gripping, lowly carbonation, and decadent. The aforementioned acidity seems to thin things a bit (at least in comparison to BGW porters past). Still, it's pretty rotund.
I like this in spite of (or, more likely, due to) the lack of overt cherry footprints. It's very much in line with things Tyranena has done previously, and without any true unique spin. One could make a gripe about repetitiveness, but with a base porter so good, that argument is inane. The cherries aren't really needed here.
All told, it amounts to a delicious, semi-failed, experiment.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to mtunnell for this one. I was just thinking about this beer one day and boom... showed up as an extra at my door. Ask and you shall receive I guess! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour initially produces no head but one magically rises from the deep dark depth of this beer. .5 finger. It disappears almost just as quickly. Possibly the blackest brew I've ever seen. It not only doesn't let any light through, it seems to suck up the light around it. Lacing is spotty at best and doesn't hand around.

S: Bitter chocolate, cocoa, licquorice, vanilla, and a strong, fruity cherry. They weren't kidding when they named this a cherry porter. Fruit flavor actually dominates the nose.

T: I'm scared since I think this is gonna taste like an infected porter... it doesn't. Cherry overtones are clear as night but don't cloud the licquorice, burnt malt, bitter chocolate and cocoa. Unbelievably delicious. Vanilla smooths out the pronounced sweet and slightly tart fruit flavor. Bitterness is just right. Licquorice creeps up towards the end but never quite takes over. Finish is outstandingly messy, leaving trails of cocoa and black cherries.

M: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and very very smooth. Silky in the mouth, the feel serves to perfectly incorporate all the complexities of this beer together. Finish is messy but its leaves such a delicious aftertaste, I don't mind at all.

D: There are a handful of breweries that try to do fruit flavored stouts and porters... this one is by far the best that I've ever had. The magic here is how the cherries complement the signature chocolate, cocoa, and licquorice taste without taking away from it or overwhelming it. I can't wait to get myself a case of this one. I'd give it a 6.0 if I could.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another 4-pack with a terrible name but intriguing concept...picked up at steves on university

appearance: poured into a tyranena pint, dark mahogany body with light amber tints, moderate beige cap with light retention

smell: light whiffs of cherry puree, roasted malt and peat, a touch of chocolate

taste: well, i was expecting a bit more from this one...the cherry and porter dont coexist with great results. in reality, the cherry puree is drowned by the roasty porter traits and in the end, this one is just kind of a jumbled mess. not bad by any stretch, but not up to the excellent standard of the series

mouthfeel: roasty and medium bodied

drinkability: ok

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Photo of Photekut
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of kenito799
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Inky black brew, totally opaque, with just hints of brown at the edges. Very little head leaving just a ring and a bit of lace, but I love that blackness.

Excellent malty smell, fresh yet rich coffee notesm chocolate, cherry not really discernble on the nose. Very smooth on teh palate with just the right amount of carbonation, a rich beer that goes down easy. A wonderfully chocolate-espresso richness on the palate with a tangy fruity sour cherry not ein the finish--the cherries have been cooked and integrated, becoming an integral part of the complexity here rather than a fruit flavor added on top. The result is a dry rich stout with a hint of fruitiness that really shines uniquely. Love it!

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Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to mothman for this one, thanks Ben! Hilarious premise for the beer takes me back to my days try to get past 1st base...

Pours mahogany with a finger of mocha head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Mocha & wet charred grain & cherry once warm

T: Coffee, toasted grain, slight cherry tartness & a bit of baker's chcolate up front. More baker chocolate, a touch of herbal hops & a bit of cherry juice & finally, some sweeter dark chocolate & figgyness, once warm. finishes fairly dry, dark fruitty with mocha on the back of the throat

MF: Medium bodied, slightly chewy with moderate carbonation

Drank very easy for the ABV, another winner from Tyranena!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black (some garnet shines along the bottom of the glass), with 1 1/2 fingers of smooth looking milk chocolate head. Thin layer of foamy froth leaves a big cascade of lace that hangs in a thick latticework on the sides of the glass. This is quite tangy and toasty in the nose, with notes of smoky roast, chocolate, and toffee that form the base of the aroma, just before some lushly tart cherry juice character takes over and runs throughout the profile. Mmmmm...

Tart cherry sharpness carries over to the taste, where it is prominent and pervasive, nicely meshing with the thick sweetness of the chocolate and caramel malts. Dark roast and coffee darken up the back of this with a toasty crunch, finishing things black and bitter with some residual cherry juice dripping in for good measure. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big creamy feel to the carbonation that spreads out in the mouth, before giving way to a slippery sleekness that a lot of the cherry flavor glides along on. There is a bit of alcohol in the body that can be detected mostly in the bitter notes, but for the most part this is drinking very nicely for the size.

I've found that as far as fruit in beers go, cherry can be a bit tricky because of how prominently it can stick out. Luckily this had just the right amount of roast and sweetness to not only balance the cherry flavor but also support it, forming a very nice amalgamation of flavors. As someone who really likes tart cherry character (especially in darker beers), this is some really nice stuff.

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Photo of heliosphann
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz snubby bottle with a twist-off cap. Recieved several of these from various BA's last year. Served in a Pint Glass.

A: Pours almost black, with reddish accents. No head whatsoever. A little lacing on the glass. Pretty mediocre for a porter.

S: Slightly roasted malts, some faint chocolate and tart cherry juice.

T: Comes across very similar to the smell, except the chocolate is more prevalent and there's not much roastiness. There is a slight amount of sweetness, and hints of black cherries and dark fruits The back end is mostly tartness from the cherries, with some alcohol and a medicinal tinge to follow.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is a little too low, and the beer comes off thin, but slightly syrupy. Strange.

D: My glass went pretty fast, and the 7.5% ABV is pretty well hidden. I wouldn't really consider having another however. The tartness and medicinal flavors were tough on the palate.

Probably my least favorite beer I've tried from the Brewers Gone Wild Series. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either. I think it has good potential though with a few tweaks.

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Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with one inch of mocha colored head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has hints of mocha, malted milk balls, and a slight hint of fruit that I could not positively identify as cherry. Has some roasted charactor in the flavor that was missing in the aroma. Hints of mocha and a very slight cherry flavor. Some alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish. The body seemed substantial and smooth at first but it falls apart quickly and comes off as a bit thin as this one is drank. An interesting porter with hints of fruit flavor without going overboard. Not enough body for the high ABV however.

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Photo of Maction
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This is ebony with a little mahogany around the edges, a compact tan head is fairly tenacious.

S: Smells of percolating coffee, a little sweet, with some cherry jam in the background.

T: The flavor of sour cherries stays just on top of coffee and pumpernickel, with a bitter and sudden finish.

M: Medium weight with frothy alcohol-tinged carbonation, somewhat sticky.

D: The bitter coffee finish distracts from tart cherry sweetness that dominated at first. I probably wouldn't want more than one.

Notes: Thanks to mnjeff for this freebie!

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Photo of Beertracker
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tyranena's Paradise by the Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter has a long name, but pours up with a tight, two-fingered light brown-tawny colored head that lingers above the the nearly opaque dark brown-reddish black body. The roasty malty aroma is a bit subdued at first, but becomes more apparent as it warms giving off notes of burnt caramel, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. The underlying fruitiness is reminiscent of dark tart cherries, black currants along with some black fig notes. Hints of blackstrap molasses, muscavado suger, and licorice along with some cloaked alcohol add to the overall complexity. The flavor starts off with some subtle fruitiness and a low sweetness that gains momentum before it's consumed by the darkness & bitterness which deliver a slightly acrid, bittersweet, toasty finish. This medium bodied specialty porter is a bit lackluster in the mouthfeel and seems a little chalky on the palate with some distracting dark roasty astringency. However, it delivers on the overall character by being different & interesting to quaff. Here's to the brewers at Tyranena and their sheer audaciousness.

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Special thanks to joshuaseresse for locating & sending this one my way.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of Eyncognito.

A: The porter is dark, a robust mix of dark ruby red and jet black. A finger of tan colored head has left a smattering of lace.

S: Chocolate and cocoa powder are strong in this porter, accentuating a very sweet nature. A faint tart cherry aroma cuts through the porter.

T: Cherry flavors set the table for the ale, sweet without any hint of tartness. Cocoa powder drives the porter side of the ale, rich but not overpowering. Cherry flavors drive the finish, again sweet not tart.

M: This is a little lackluster. Some cherry and some chocolate, both lacking transitions, are the extent of the taste.

D: A rare Tyranena porter that I'm not behind 100%. Little alcohol is evident but the flavor profile doesn't get me fired up.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy milk chocolate nose, black with crimson highlights when backlit. Two fingers of sturdy tan foam. As it slowly subsides, it leaves spots of irregular lace in random fashion. Served around 50º, trying to bring out the cherry more at a warmer temp, but to no avail. A rich milk chocolate flavor, solid Baltic Porter with some vague dried cherry element, but not pronounced. The advertised tartness on the label is barely there, but the chocolate is solid enough on it's own, with a lactic richness. The body is a touch thin, which seems to be a pattern with Tyranena porters. Almost stouty in the level of residual roast, but light and drinkable enough to have a couple. Good stuff.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Bottled on 05FEB09. No other info.

A - Little hints of dark mahogany shows through the bottom of a totally black glass. A tall yet quiet pour gives off no more than a thin film of bubbles. No retention or lace.

S - Lots of fresh cherries and cocoa seem to work well together on the first whiff. Deep mocha chocolate comes out too with a very light alcohol hint. Lingering in the back is a very roasted malt nose with a dry bitterness.

T - Bold and robust, the flavor is heavily a roasted malt flavor that gives heavy notes of mocha and chocolate within the thickness. A little coffee pokes in but the cherry is primarily found in the nose. It only adds a little tart flavor to the end with the dry bitter roastiness.

M - Thick and borderline syrupy, Paradise is a bold, full-bodied beer with low carbonation and a firm feel that ends very dry and bitter.

D - A sipper. It's bold, robust flavor and thick body make for a warming, soft experience but it wont go down very fast. Good none-the-less.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz received as a fantastic extra in an already epic trade from Abents!! I would never have known about this brew without Adam's help.. Huge thanks... Poured into my Chimay goblet.

1/2" tan head.. pretty with nice lacing.. the brew is pretty much black...

Aroma is milk chocolate mainly.. some light cold brewed coffee.. honestly not getting any cherry.. but the nose is still darn nice.

Flavor has a very subtle cherry essence that I may have mistaken for yeasty fruitiness without knowing better.. still plenty of chocolate and light roasty flavors dominate.. very smooth and drinkable, and I don't normally appreciate porters too much.. actually very clean.. not much in the way of yeast byproducts.. the medium body is accentuated by a smooth small bubble carbonation.. the cherries show up alot more if I "swish" the sips.. still light, but I would guess dark sweet cherries were used... Not bad.. just not "great".. I'm glad I got the chance to try this one.. but one is enough for me...

Thanks a bunch Adam.. Tyranena is one of the breweries I need to seek out more often.. the BGW brews seem to have a good rep, and I am glad to give them their day in court.


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Photo of jsanford
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Unibroue tulip

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish tints and no head.

S - Dark roasted malts with tart cherry and vanilla.

T - More dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, bitter coffee and some nice cherry flavor. Cherry is not as dominant as I hoped, but it does taste authentic.

M - Medium bodies with low carbonation. I usually like my dark beers to have a bit more "fizz" to them, so this isn't my favorite part.

D - Overall, a very solid porter with tasty cherry accents. The lack of carbonation keeps it from being world-class to me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit I was expecting a little more out of this one, still a very solid beer, just not what I was expecting at all. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/07/2009.

The pour was nice, rich dark brown, nearly black with a completely opaque look to it. Smallish tan head rises up and settled down quickly, not leaving much in the way of side glass lacing or any real head to speak of. The aroma was roasted malts, caramel, very light fruit note and a touch of molasses. Same carried through really into the flavor, where is the cherry? Some light dark fruity notes as it warms and in the finish, but it was just not enough for something billed as a beer with cherry, ya know? Nice mellow body, full with an easy drinking feel to it. Overall a solid beer, and a good drinker for the style, but it was lacking that real big cherry kick that was advertised and that I was really looking for.

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Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 147 ratings