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

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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
Photo of JMBSH
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of mjn5036
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled poured into a large snifter. Pour is dark, dark brown with a mocha head. The head is quite small and last for mere seconds before disappearing into a thin ring around the glass. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

Nose is mild but pleasant. Roasted malts and grains characteristics dominate from the porter. These give way to nice caramel and, toffee and molasses notes. This is teamed up with a nice sweetness, presumably do to the cherries.

Taste is quite weak, unfortunately. Faint fruitiness is prominent. Caramel, toasted grains and the slightest, faintest glimmer of what I think are cherry flavors. Chocolate presents itself as well.

Mouthfeel is incredibly thin and lackluster. Slightly creamy with light carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Alcohol remains hidden at least...

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Photo of wryepicures
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Lovely dark coffee color with a tiny bit of ruby accents. Brown head that quickly recedes leaving only a slight residue.

S: Hints of smoke, fruit, coffee with a massive chocolate malt smell.

T: Sadly, this does not taste as promising as its smells. The initial tastes of malty chocolate give way to subtle coffee, caramel, smoke, and then a hint of cherry. The cherry flavor is very very subtle and fades from the palate. The hops are also a bit of an afterthought esp. for a baltic porter. Overall, its not very assertive.

M: Creamy, smooth. Low carbonation as expected, nice and heavy coating on tongue.

D: Drinkable for a baltic porter, low enough in abv that I'm not on the floor, low in hops, not really a strong flavor in general...its a good beer to not have to think about but its not a good example of its style.

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Photo of arboristfish
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep black color with a tan head that was very thin and didnt last long. The aroma of this beer is of roasted malt, booze, and a hint of cherries. The taste is of roasted malt, and is yet blanaced with a smooth flavor. There is a slight boozy flavor. Im not picking up to much on the cherries. The mouthfeel is very thick, and has a faint fizzy side. Overall its a sipping beer.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a fourpack of another in Tyranena's special edition Brewers Gone Wild Series at Westside. The beer, Paradise by the Dash Board Lights Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter (whew), pours out a couple fingers of creamy tan head over an opaque black brew. There's no carbonation at all, and the nose actually smells a bit like one of those mocha cream wafer cookies- sort of a powdery mocha and vanilla thing- maybe a hint of some fruitiness there too. The flavor is dark toasty malts, sort of a woodiness, a tart hint of cherry, and grassy hops off the back. Mouthfeel is lighter than a brew this inky should seem, finishing dry and with more of that grassy hop in the aftertaste. I dunno- it was sort of an interesting experiment, but what cherry there was was pretty well buried by everything else going on. If you're somebody put off by fruit beers this may be the one for you- there really isn't much of a fruit character here at all. Which for me, sort of misses the point.

You win some, you lose some!

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Photo of mcallister
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking por-thar if there even is much of a difference in porters. Brown, bricking at edges with a thin yet 2 finger brown colored head that hold up nicely.

Sour cherry, chocolate, roasty malts, hints of coffee and breads.

Nice beer, not overly complex and very straight forward. The base porter seems very week and even a little watery but the sour chocolate covered cherry flavor really helps round it out. A bit roasty but the body kills it and leaves the finish short.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/10/09 thanks to Hophead101

A - Pours a pitch black color with a bit of tan foam

S - Cherry flavor is subtle but something seems off, lightly roasted malt

T - roasted malt up front, coffee bitterness, the cherries are there but not that evident

M - medium bodied with good carbonation

D - I was really expecting alot more from this, thought the cherries would be more prominent. Not bad, but I guess i wanted more from it.

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Photo of Photekut
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of BearsSox
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried from the bottle, then tried as part of a flight during the Blue Nile's Big Beer Imperial March.

App: Looks spot on for this type of porter - color is a deep, rich brown, and although mine had a decent, tan head, there is almost no lacing.

Smell: Wow, I was expecting more cherry. For an "extreme" beer, this smells very mild. I get just faint wisps of the cherry, and I don't get much jumping out at me from the porter side of things, either. Smells like an indistinguishable, simple American brown, with just a bit of roasted malt coming through.

Taste: Again, a bit disappointing. The porter isn't that robust, earthy flavor I wanted/expected. I feel like the beer is rather thin, and I taste something tart (from the cherry) but not the cherry itself. Seems too restrained. Big fruit beers can be complex and layered; this one, unfortunately, is not.

Mouthfeel: Thin, although there is a nice, subtle creaminess. Does not seem to be that "big." I've had porters with less alcohol feel a lot more robust.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Almost too easy. Beer seems to have gone the Southern Tier Cherry Saison route, instead of the Surly 2 route with the fruit. Very subtle, to the point of near irrelevance. Not bad beer, mind you, just not anything to rush out and find.

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Photo of Maction
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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 drabmuh
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is black with a thin broken halo of a head, low carbonation and no lacing.

Aroma is mild, a little roast, perhaps a little cherry.

Beer is thin and has a roasty end with minimal cherry at the corners of this one. It's an oddity for sure. I think the absence of forward flavors is a terrible oversight. Some more thickness, perhaps a little more sweetness could do this beer a lot of favors. Nothing special, moving on.

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Photo of fdkayti
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a thickish dark brown/black with a thin ring of a tan head at the top, dissipates quickly. No lacing to be seen.

S- Cocoa-y.

T- Chocolate, malt. Slightly acidic. I think the cherry was lost somewhere in space and time during storage.

MF- Creamy, not a lotta carbonation.

O/D- I like it. It's easy to drink, the alcohol is hidden well. A fairly simple porter, but one that I enjoy. Held onto for me by the boyfren, so that makes it more special.

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Photo of Buebie
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Picked this single up tonight at Heritage.

Poured from a brown 12oz stubby into a tulip.
1 inch of tan brown head receeds quickly leaving a cola like film of retention and frothy streaks.
Black in color with no light penetration.

Aroma of heavily roasted grains, coffee, hints of smoke and just a touch of chocolate grains. The tineast touch of somthing citric in the background off a rigerous swirl.

The taste brings cherries in after the swallow, but up front there is somthing mildly fruity with hints of citric acidity or tartness from the cherries.
For a baltic porter this really lacks depth in the mouthfeel. Its midly creamy with hints at thickness from smooth carbonation. Other then that, the mouthfeel seems to drop out leaving me dissapointed there. There is some slimey slickness, but its mostly thin and over carbonated.
Alot of roasty character from this with more coffee in the flavor and touches of smoke. It gets a little husky with ceral grains taking up more and more of the taste. I almost want to say that rye has been added.
The finish is dry and lingers with more coffee, smoke and husky grains.

Not at all impressed with this one. The brewers did not go wild.

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Photo of birchstick
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a super dark brown without much of a head. There is a bit if a reddish hue to it

S - not too much of a nose on this, but I get some fudgy dark chocolates, a little bit of burnt coffee, and, of course, some cherry tones.

T - the taste is very similar to the nose. Lots of darker chocolate and coffee / burnt malts are what hit me at first. As I dug a little deeper, I found a little bit of the fudge I detected on the nose. The cherry puree was also present throughout - hitting the front of the tongue at first, then it placed itself in the background, complementing the rest of the flavors. There cherries also became more present the more this warmed.

M - a little watery and thin, but decent enough.

D - pretty decent drinkibility. Not a bad little cherry porter here...pretty solid fruit beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to cptnspeed1 for this bottle!

Bottled on 2/15/09. Who doesn't love Meatloaf references with their beer? This one pours a murky black-brown topped by only a hint of a head (only some minor tufts of dirty ecru bubbles). The nose comprises chocolate-covered cherries, roasted malts, figs, and some butterscotch. The taste finds the cherries abandoning their formerly sweet housing, opting instead for a strangely medicinal flavoring. Some bits o' roasted malts and cocoa find their way in as well, but even combined they cannot overcome the medicinal character. The body is a straight medium with a light moderate carbonation. Overall, I think age may not have been too kind to this brew, with the cherry flavor really seeming to have degraded. Beyond that, though, this was a pretty tasty porter.

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Photo of bakeller
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: pours dark brown with a slight dark red tinge when held up to the light. Minimal tan head that dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. No lacing. Tiny bubbles cascade upwards.

S: Roasted malty goodness. There is a large coffee note. Very minimal cherry however as the beer warms, a mild sweet cherry aroma appears.

T: Same as smell...Roasted malts, coffee, and mild coca upfront. Some cherry flavor in back. Get a boozy aftertaste that lingers quite a while

M: Medium body. Smooth. Mild carbonation

D: Tasty porter that is quite drinkable. Would recommend

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Photo of dogger6253
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black, no light bleeding through at all. On top, a 1/4 inch mocha head. The head is very solid and lasting. I'm surprised this came from a bottle, looks more like something drawn from a cask. Nice job here.

The nose is pleasant, sort of a mix of tobacco, coffee, chocolate and toasted malts. There is sort of an acidity to the smell too, like vinegar almost.

Well, I don't know where to start with the taste. Their is a wealth of interesting flavors here, but they all taste incredibly watered down. Some stronger flavors include the typical porter/stout flavors: toasted malt, tobacco, chocolate. There is a cherry tartness in the finish, it fades pretty quickly though.

The mouthfeel is lacking like the taste, there is minimal carbonation and mostly just feels like a flavored water. One could drink several of these, but I don't really see why someone would. It's a decent beer, don't get me wrong, there are just much better things this brewery has put out. Especially a let down for the Brewers Gone Wild series. I expected more of a punch.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Feb 05, 2009. Thanks to beerwolf77 for yet another bottle!

(A)- Pours a dark brown; almost black color that produced a quickly dissipating head.

(S)- A deep roastedness of raisins with a dash of cherries.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A good roasted molasses and raisin malt profile with a twist of cherries at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Very much a porter with a light twist of cherries on the finish. Sweet, but has a roasted profile to balance it out.

(D)- A good porter with just the right amount of cherries in there that does not overpower the main components of the porter style. Not bad. I would have this again.

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Photo of WilliamD
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black into my pint glass. Almost no head- some light brown fizz around the edges and in the middle.
Smell is very laid back. Very light roasted malts and a hint of toffee. Smell of cherry is rather faint as well. I was expecting the smell to be more up front on this one.
Taste is pretty good, but again not as intense as I thought it would be. The cherry flavor is very muted. Mild roasted malts and faint bitterness that comes in a little later.
Mouthfeel is okay- slightly oily. Very smooth drink.
Again, this is a very smooth drinker- I could definitely have a few of these.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from flyingbison, thanks man!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cola black with faint ruby outlines and a two finger light brown colored head which fades to a thin layer of bubbles. A thin layer of stick holds on to the sides of the glass. Aroma consists of cocoa powder, coffee grinds, and subtle cherry juice. Musty hops, roasted grains, and wet paper tickle the nose as well. Not really the smell I was hoping for by any means. Taste begins with smokey oats, chocolate, and a hint of lactose. Midway some earthy hops dry out the tongue a bit. Aftertaste finally displays a dash of dark cherries, but you really have to wait for the sweetness. Medium to full body with a bit of chewiness to it. Carbonation is subtle and pleasant. I dunno, there isn't much too "wild" about this beer, it's actually pretty timid if you ask me. Of the few in the series I've had, this is the least enjoyable for sure.

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Photo of heliosphann
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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 bort11
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mikesgroove is driving wild again. Thanks to him and the Fight Club: Project Mayhem BIF

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Thin tan head quick to recede. Color is inky black with reddish mahogany highlights.

Smell is a dark roasted coffee with black cherry skin bitterness. Taste is more dark porter, don't really pick up the cherries much. Black coffee with a hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel is a little too prickly in the carbonation for me. Not bad, just a little harsh. Not a bad porter in of itself, I don't think the cherries really added anything to it.

Blipped "Dashboard" by Modest Mouse

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Photo of srandycarter
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark, with small tan head, leaves fast. Not too exciting.

S - Old burnt coffee and chocolate.

T - Taste matches smell in most terms. Yeah, even second evaluation confirms.

M - Medium body, good card, balance pretty good.

D - Not more than one.

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Photo of infestaxion
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brian23456 for hooking me up with this one.

A - Pours dark brown with a fizzle of head that disappears immediately. Ruby around the edges.

S - Subtle roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Not a cherry to speak of.

T - Same roasted malt with the hints as above but more pronounced and the chocolate is a little bitter. A little bit of sweetness but not much cherry taste. A slight acidity that I kind of like.

M - A little thin but the carbonation isn't bad considering the lack of head. Smooth going down.

D - I could have a couple of these.

This is my first of the series and I think it's very much an opening act. I can't wait to try The Devil Made Me Do It! that brian23456 also sent me.

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Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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