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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)

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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
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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 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 damienblack
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep and mysterious almost-but-not-quite black. Thin head, not a lot of retention. Smells like cherry black malt. Deep and inviting, almost intoxicating. This beer seems like a great mashup. Taste is the perfect mixture between the two flavours. The cherry hints at slightly tart sweetness without being too controlling, and the dark malt goes very nicely. Like chocolate covered cherries. Nicely filling, and nicely coating. Maybe a bit thin, but still spectacular. I would drink this all the time if it were available here all the time.

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Photo of rye726
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours near black with a thin tan head. Nose has cherries, roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate. Taste also has a big fresh cherry presence over dark malts, molasses and cocoa. Medium body has a delicate yet crisp carbonation. Very well balanced porter.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like engine oil, slight tan head. Can't see through this black porter with red highlights. Really nice looking. Good lace.

Fresh roasty porter malt with stone fruit, cherries anyone? Subdued on the nose but round and malty, no hops.

Flavor has rich porter malt, chocolaty with a great smooth finish. The fruit is very subtle. I love that this is less than 8% abv, no sign of it. Incredible mouthfeel, silky and smooth and heavy all in one. This goes down very nicely as an after lunch treat. The cherry has a hard time coming through, would have liked more to balance the chocolate malt.

Another great porter from these guys, keep 'em coming.

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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 ktrillionaire
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - I will repeat my description of Dirty Old Man, verbatim: Deep translucent brown; like the color of a brown glass bottle. It is capped with a scant head, no real lace to speak of.

S - You've really got to let this one air out. Once it does, a delicious woody cherry maltiness develops that is just so absolutely pleasant.

T - Cherry is barely ahead of roasty malt, followed by a general dryness and toastiness, and rounding up the affair is a finish of earthy and herbal hops.

M - Nice. Not too big, nor too little, just about right.

D - This is yet another Tyranena offering that is hovering just below top-tier status.

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Photo of natasharai
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a tan foamy bubbly head that dissipated leaving almost no lacing. The beer is a very deep brown letting light through on the edges.

Smell: Sweet dark fruit like cherries and plums, and dark roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet roasted malt, molasses, small hoppy citrus, ends with a sweet black cherry or plum flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick smooth syrup, hoppy tingle, good amount of carbonation, and leaves mouth a bit dry.

Overall: Really drinkable, alcohol not noticed. The cherry is so subtle, with a very nice roasted flavor. Delicious porter a bit sweeter than others but nice balance with the roasted and bitter flavors.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, with ruby highlights at foot and sides. Lovely tan head atop, long lasting.

Lightly fruity aroma, dry, yet slightly sweet, with lots of roast, cocoa notes, espresso, etcetera. The Imperial Porter aspects are still on top, with cherry flavor below. That's in the aroma, what about the taste?

Full-bodied, rich, roasty, toasty, dry, and smooth. The cherry infusion lies just underneath, nice and mellow. Not in your face, or up your bum. Wait, what did I say? Man, something about these BGW beers brings out the crazy in me.
I like this. I've had cherry stouts, cherry ales, etcetera, and this is as good as the best of them. Maybe better. The tartness is in full control. Damn, I think I prefer this one over so many other big-time cherry blasters. It's just a taste, below the true porter flavor.

Yum, another nice one from Tyranena. I could drink this over and over. Mmm, mmm.

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Photo of MPLS
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new addition to the Brewer's Gone Wild series and I have loved all the porter variations before so I did not hesitate to buy a 4-pack.

A: Nice dark and dirty body, small 0.5 cm chocolate head, and tidy lacing.

S: Roasted, faint sweetness, and traces of smoke

T: Solid, but not as boner inducing as their coffee porters. A sweet roasted flavor, followed by mellow smoked malts, concentrate and you can feel the cherries tip toe on the sides of your tongue.

M: Low carbonation, evident with minimal head. Nice medium mouthfeel.

D: The cherries do no put a huge assault on the palate, but the easy drinking nature and mild smoke make this beer a treat. Still prefer their other coffee porters over this guy...when will they release a chocolate porter!?

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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 roadhouse
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 in color, only some red-orange highlights on the bottom of the glass. A one inch light tan head forms on top then falls to a skim. Retention is decent and a bit of lacing is left behind.

Aroma has a bit of chocolate roastiness to it with a slight butter toffee hint and plenty of tart cherry.

Taste has some chocolate up front with that slight butter flavor also there a bit but the cherries are of course the main event here. Lots of cherry flavor that comes across quite tart, enhanced in the finish by the bitterness from roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite creamy and soft on the palate. Good carbonation level.

This one reminded me a lot of Bell's Cherry Stout, which I really enjoy. This is basically a Porter version of it. Really good stuff, I'm glad I have one more bottle of it.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep dark brown. Head dissipates quickly to a thin white ring.

S-Roasted malt, burnt coffee and a hint of sour cherry.

T-Sweet malts mix with roasted malts in the front. Sweet and sour cherries blend with roasted coffee in the finish. Nicely tangy and roasty.

M-Medium bodied with a nice sour bite.

D-Thoroughly enjoyable.


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

I got this in a trade from a generous BA. It pours pitch black with ruby highlights and a 2 finger white head. The aroma is chocolate covered cherries. The flavor profile has deep, dark chocolate upfront with a sour cherry backbone. The chocolatey finish lingers. This beer is great, the cherries make a great accent to this one.

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

Received in a recent trade!

Appearance: Dark brown/black body with slightly ruby corners. A small cola brown crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves the smallest ring of lace.

Smell: As you would expect...roast malt and dark cherry notes! Not extremely pronounced but still quite enjoyable!

Taste: Cherry soda like up front and roasty porter like in the middle before a lingering sweet/sour cherry finish. Besides the roasty note, this is quite black cherry soda like. Take a sip enjoy the ride!

Mouthfeel: Perfect for what is going on here. Medium bodied and fairly crisp for a porter.

Drinkabilty: The crisp mouthfeel and balance btw the roasty notes and the sweet/sour cherry makes it go down quickly, but at 7.50% abv this one still has legs.

I really enjoyed this brew!

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4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a Westy chalice (thanks, Thijs!)

A - Dark brown to black in color, this has a small brown head which disappears quickly, leaving behind a fair amount of lacing.

S - Chocolate-covered cherries and vanilla.

T - Espresso and licorice hit first, with vanilla and a lot of tart cherries (especially as it warms) coming next. Dark chocolate bitterness and a modestly sour fruit finish this off.

M - Creamy, but not overly thick. Good body for the style.

D - Not bad. Enough going on here that one is enough - save the other for another time.

Tasty beer - Tyranena never disappoints with their porters and stouts. I hope this is re-released in the near future.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is just so much you can do with a porter/imperial porter base. And Tyranena is proving that. They do a great job with all their variations of imperial porter-based beers. Here's another one.

Almost totally opaque. Although some ruby streaking is noted in the body of the beer when held to an ultraviolet, highly radiant light source. Aroma is quite chocolatey and a little smoky. Faint, faint hints of cherry but really not that much in the aroma. Cherry notes are very subtle on the palate as well, which is good in my opinion. I'd hate to see a good imperial porter ruined because of obtuse cherry flavors. Malts provide chocolate and fudge like characteristics. Lingering roastiness is pleasant. Pretty much everything about this beer is pleasant. Quite an easy drinker.

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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 Mistofminn
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night (or as black as a back seat on a black night - as the bottle says). I really did give this one an aggressive pour and only a small think layer of head was produced, and it was extremely short lived. All that is left is a small ring around the outside of the glass. Even a good swirl cant coax out some foam. The foam was brown with large bubbles, similar to soda.

I get sweet malts and bakers chocolate, and a light fruit character. I was expecting the cherry to be big and smack me in the face, but I didn't get that. Definitely let this one warm up, though. When cold, it's hard to get anything in the nose. As it warms up I get roasted malts, bitter chocolate and some sweet fruitiness, but nothing too intense.

Boy, is the taste an improvement on the nose in this one! I wasn't expecting great things after the less than stellar nose, but this one tastes great! Roasted malts and chocolate, and finally, the cherries! There is a ripe cherry flavor that goes very well with the rest of the brew. I am very pleased with this one. If it had a more impressive head and nose, this would be getting a higher overall score from me.

The mouthfeel is overall pretty good, the only thing I'm not to fond of is the little bite that comes right as you take a sip. After the carbonation mellows, it's very creamy and smooth. Lighter bodied than I would have hoped, but still good stuff.

Great drinkability. There is no sign of the 7.5% ABV. I swear I could session this stuff. Overall, really good stuff.

Like I said, if it had a better head, and the nose wasn't so bland, this would be an excellent beer. I liked this beer more than my score will reflect. It tastes excellent, and I'm glad I tried it. I recommend.

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

Pours fairly blackish brown with a think lace of beige head.
Smells chiefly of roasted malts, almost burnt malts with a sweet, noticeable cherry rind.
Taste has a definite cherry note right at the front with a good malt back up.
Finish is kind of muddy, with a roast/burnt/sweet malt after-taste that lingers well.
Body is much thicker than most porters, almost stouty and drinks fantastically with no bite, the cherry sweetness keeps the brew smooth.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours jet black, stout like color with a minimal 1 finger head that is a lit tan color. The body is pitch black and the head leaves nice silk screened lacing. The aroma is really malty and has a cherry syrup undertone to it. Nice toasty aroma, really sets this beer to be a porter. The taste is nearly perfect. Has that toasty goodness with some roasted malts and a nice brownie like chewyness. Really forward with the malts. Might be a touch of cherries on the finish. The mouthfeel is great on this as it's medium bodied and has a nice aftertaste of sour cherries. The drinkability is just above average for me because this really can't be drank in late quantities. It's a delicious brew, but the combination of weight on the palate and bitterness our sour cherries on this finish hinder this being a repeat in the same night.

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Photo of botham
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours pitch black with a razor thin head after a hard pour. little more than a thin rim of bubbles after a few seconds. after some swirling, a half finger of coffee colored head appears, only to dissipate within a couple seconds.

heavy on the roasted malts with some coffee thrown in, along with a distant vanilla note. no cherry chracter to speak of in the nose.

taste is roasted up front, with a burnt character and a very subtle sweet cherry note. not much coffee here, with a finish of smooth roasted malts and sublime smoothness. not much of the cherries here either.

mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth on the palate with a silky smooth texture and a a finish just as smooth.

drinkability is good. a very rich porter without much cherry character, but for just a porter the brew is quite good. very rich and flavorful with a solid character. a solid offering to add to the Brewers Gone Wild series. cheers!

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a faint red tint. Medium brown head which settled nicely into webs and ringed the glass for the entirety of our time together.
Sweet dark malt aroma, with a faint fruit smell - cherry I guess.
Roasted coffee flavors along with strong bittersweet chocolate and little tartness at the finish.
Good texture - not stout thick, but creamy with just the right amount of carbonation and mouth cling.
Very drinkable, especially taking into consideration the style and the fact that there is fruit involved.

Overall, A very good porter that adds a nice change of pace to the style.

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Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown borderling black. Good head retention and some lacing.

S- Smell is semi-muted. Some whiffs of chocolate and cherries.

T- Very good robust porter up front. Roasted malts. Only hints of cherries which were more pronounced with the bottle I had last summer. Holding up well overall.

M- Thicker, syrupy beer. Heavy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D/O- A max of 2 is what I'd want to take down in a night. This beer tasted better overall than 6 months ago albeit with the less prominent cherries. Would definately recommend to a porter fan. Yaaay Tyranena! Have one left...may see what the futures hold for it.

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