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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Reviews: 138 | Ratings: 147
Photo of farrago
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour yields finger plus of light brown microfoam, dissolves away at a rapid pace, very light lacing left behind. Black colored liquid, maybe a momentary suggestion of orange at the outermost edges. Coffee grounds, cocoa powder, dark chocolate all appear in the nose with a serious roasted quality, challah bread, pinch of chicory, any cherry scents are as vague as can be, credible staying power, lasts about as long as you'd want to keep smelling it. Medium-bodied, extremely dry and powdery on the tongue. Again, coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, cocoa and chicory most present. Close to zero sign of cherry fruit. The carbonation appears to be trying, not so much succeeding. Moderate breadiness, glimmer of a hoppy kick at the end. More or less drinks light a straight-up porter. Competent, but nothing noteworthy about it.

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Photo of degerbah
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 pwoods
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperialking strikes again...

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a thin ring of tan foam on top.

S: The nose definitely has some cherries in there, but not too much else. There is some slight roast along with a nice sweetness.

T: The flavor is also sweet with some pretty decent cherry flavor along with mild roast and chocolate.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation a little on the low side.

D: An easy drinking beer with some pretty decent cherry flavor. I suppose this might have been more impressive when fresh, but still quite enjoyable.

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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 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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, light brown head that dissipated quickly. It left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of black cherries and rich cocoa. There was a slightly floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate and roasty malt. There was almost a smoky flavor mixed with the semi-tart cherry flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light to medium-bodied porter.

D - This is a different take on a porter. Overall, it's a good beer with mostly like the longest name for a beer that I've ever had.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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 vacax
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a compact layer of tan head with microbubbles, good retention for the size and a few spots of lace. Smells of tootsie rolls, chocolate malt, and good amounts of cherry - somewhere between dried cherries and syrup. A certain sort of heat in the nose that could be either alcohol or syrupy cherry. Tastes of syrupy tart cherries, pleasant malt sweetness to even that out, chocolatey, and a roasty finish. Body is quite full and luscious, lovely coating feeling as I drink it with a matching low but not too low carbonation. Quite tasty beer with a lovely texture, definitely something I would enjoy drinking again.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 beerwolf77
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black. No light can be seen when held up directly to a lamp. The light mocha head reaches about one finger before fading to reveal no lace.

The aroma is standard Tyranena porter. Roast malts, black coffee and dark chocolate. Unfortunately no cherry. I let the beer warm to room temp and I could not find a trace of cherry. I'm torn as to whether I should take points off for not hitting the advertised name. It's a fantastic porter just no cherry to be found.

The flavor is spot on porter. Not that I'm shocked. This is Tyranena of course. Roast smokey malt, black coffee, dark bitter chocolate. Once again though not a trace of cherry. I love chocolate covered cherries so this is a slight dissapointment. I was hoping for some nice cherry flavor. A very good porter yet not what the label claims.

Medium to full body with hardly any carbonation.

Overall I'm knocking points off for not hitting the mark on the cherry asspect but this a damn fine porter so I'm not complaing too much.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark black cherry out of the bottle but appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass. Thin beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Sweet vinous aroma that is slightly roasty with a lot of sweet cherry and syrupy fruit notes along with hints of roasted chocolate malt, coffee bean, burnt toast and subtle lactic creaminess.

Silky, malty medium body that is slightly and viscous and chewy with lots of chocolate malt, slightly roasted coffee bean, toast and oatmeal. All of this is lying underneath a very sweet, vinous cherry/dark fruit character that is slightly tart. The flavor and mouthfeel of this beer was a surprise based on the aroma. I thought that it would be cloyingly sweet and syrupy but this was prett complex with a lot of sweet and roasty malt character. The cherry presence is pretty sweet but is also slightly tart/sour at the same time. Might be a bit too sweet for some but I liked it.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my Secret Santa 2009 haul from Scoobydank. A stubby 12oz. twist-off bottled: February 5th. 2009. Poured into my Victory shaker glass. The porter appears a dark chestnut color with about a finger of quickly fading tan foam. The head leaves no lacing to speak of. Nose and flavor consist of dark roasted grain, black cherry skin and puree, cherry juice, prunes, dark chocolate, molasses, dark brown sugar aromas, bittersweet, and nicely roasted. Body and carbonation leave a bit to be desired, but not a major problem here. Overall, pretty tasty stuff. I found my glass emptying rather quickly. Been looking forward to trying this since I saw the label approval some time ago. Glad for the chance. Thanks again Scooby!

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Photo of tprokop7
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from a generous trader last week. Poured from the bottle into Brooklyn snifter. First review in a while...

Thick and black, with a tan head that fades to lacing around the edge of the glass. Aroma is dominated by cherries, with notes of dark roasted grains and other dark fruits... maybe raisins. Cherry flavor dominates at first, but it fades quickly. The middle is a bit flat, and it finishes with a gentle dark-roast bitterness. Moderate carbonation, and pretty viscous. The beer is on the sweet side for a porter, but it fits with the cherry. I like this beer, glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of blackearth
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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 alcstradamus
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black pour with a half finger of tan head resting up top that leaves bits of lace at it recedes.

The cherries are evident right away in the nose, although they seem somewhat artificial and metallic. Bright floral hops and lightly roasted malts round it out. A little bit of agitation really helps open this one up and the fake/metallic nature of the fruit begins to disappear a bit.

The taste is malt forward with hops and coffee bitterness on the back end. The cherries show up mostly in the finish and aren't really prominent, which I find is quite often the case with the fruit porters and stouts. Overall this has a nice clean taste, but not one that really makes me say "wow"

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very dry with good carbonation levels. A bit too dry for a porter IMO.

Overall this is a decent brew, not memorable but worthy of modest praise.

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Photo of rye726
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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 davexisxrabid
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay goblet. Dark brown, almost black with a small half inch head, no retention.

Aroma is a bit smokey, with a strong roasted malt aroma and a steady, subtle aroma of sour cherries.

Bittersweet chocolate flavor, sour cherries throughout. All the bitterness comes from the sour cherries which seems to overwhelm the other flavors in the beer. Reminded me of chocolate covered cherries almost.

Kind of light on the palate, a little lingering flavor. Almost no carbonation but not flat.

Easy to drink but now what I expected. Then again, I didn't know what to expect when I popped this brew open. A little too sour (not infected sour or American wild ale sour) for my taste but an interesting beer nonetheless. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass, thanks to Jeff (mnjeff) for the superb extra. Bottle dated 05FEB09.

Pours deep ruby-brown to black, with a thin, soapy khaki head on top. Stickage is ok, nothing special.

Nose is dark and very roasty, dry, bit burnt even, with nary a hint of cherry coming out at this point.

Taste is more of the same, though this time with cherry - dry and very roasty, to the point of having a burnt, almost faintly ashy quality, with a nice, juicy sour(ish) cherry presence all over the tongue, especially round the sides. Perhaps a very faint dark chocolate presence and just a bit of coffee. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel is juicy, maybe a bit thin, light carbonation, a bit acidic. Not bad at all.

Drinkability is pretty nice - the juiciness of the cherry presence really tamps down the dryness of the roast body. Nice job overall, I really liked this once it warmed up and came into its own.

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Photo of botham
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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 stoutfiend27
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle as extra from mnjeff poured into st. feuillien glass

a-deep dark brown with some nice garnet highlights...very quick fading head..very little lacing

s-roasted malt and fruits..little alcohol on the nose

t-roast,sweetness, and subtle cherries

m-average for a porter not quite thick enough but it will do

d-a couple i could drink then the sweetness i think would overwhelm

overall a nice first from tyranena and hopefully not my last..

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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 taylorhamrick
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark color. dark, dark brown, almost black. The head is fairly thin here, which isn't a big problem, but it would be nice. Not a lot of lacing either. The smell comes out in two forms - first, there's a burnt, dark roastiness, and that's combined with a nice caramellized cherry smell. There's a bit of dark chocolate, maybe some other fruits. Interesting smell, normal porter stuff with a bit of cherry. The taste comes out with some dark chocolate, and toasted bread. There's a fruity dryness, maybe a nit of tartness from the cherries, which is balanced nicely with the sweetness of the beer. I would say that a little more body - bready and sweet, would make this a bit better but it's good. I actually like the cherry flavor here - it doesn't taste like dimetapp really, but I think the roasted kind of coffee like taste makes it less noticable if it does. I like it, not incredible, but this seems like it does well for a fruited porter (not really something I've had before). The body is nice, full and thick, but the dryness keeps it from being great. The carbonation rushes nicely, provides a little sting, but definitely is not harsh at all. I like it. This one is definitely enjoyable and interesting. I would probably try it again, but I doubt if it could be an all-nighter, maybe not even a more-than-one-a-weeker. Not to say it isn't drinkable, it's very drinkable - but it's not your everyday beer.

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Paradise By The Dashboard Light Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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