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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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 koopa
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of northaustin
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. pours a classic dark brown with minimal light brown head and almost no lacing.

very interesting smell. first thing that comes to mind is chocolate cherries. fairly tart with an almost perfect mixture of the two aromas. i was worried the cheery taste and smell would be overpowering but they werent and i am very pleased.

taste: tastes like a regular porter with a tart background. the problem is that im not really getting enough of either of the flavors. i can only say that it tastes great and the flavors mix well. not much else to say.

mouthfeel is excellent. not too much sour dryness from the cherries and not too much sweet stickiness from the porter . feels great.

the relatively high abv is masked very well. great mouthfeel. assuming its readily available and affordable this beer is very sessionable.

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Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really enjoyed most of the Brewer's Gone Wild series, but have avoided this one for quite a while. Something about cherry in a porter. Well, I'll try anything once, & Tyranena has earned some risk-taking with their other great brews.

Midnight black with a ribbon of cherry cola coloring around the edges. Smell is a surprisingly strong mix of roasted malts with undertones of coffee. Actually smells quite nice, very rich & full.

Taste follows suit (spades). Tyranena's base porter comes through strong with hard roasted malts & a sliver of coffee. There is a eeny, teeny whistle of cherry in there if you look hard enough, but really, if it wasn't in the name I wouldn't be able to pick it out.

This is basically Blackhawk Porter, which is a very good porter. Only more expensive because a cherry must have fallen into the mix? No, really, this is a very good beer, just not much of the cherry that's advertised. Gotta mark it down a bit for that.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a Guinness glass, pours a dark brown, some nice tan head to begin with but then just some film not much lacing, maybe a few spots here and there. The aroma is nice, cherries and chocolate, subtle but quite nice. Tastes great, the stock base porter has good chocolate malts and coffee, the cherry is again subtle and well balanced, very well balanced. The mouth is full and smooth, slight carbonation, in all a very nuanced beer, very well crafted, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with faint ruby highlights; the foamy tan head sits atop the liquid and leaves shards of lace

Smell: Underwhelming aroma with vague hints of cherry and chocolate

Taste: Starts with a rich chocolate flavor with a growing cherry aspect; after the swallow, both flavors mingle through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A little too fruity and the lack of big chocolate flavor makes this a bit disappointing by Tyranena standards, but that is a high bar; still, quite a good beer

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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 damienblack
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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 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 younger35
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple singles of this from Casanova's in Hudson Wisconsin. Love these Brewers Gone Wild brews but I'm a bit apprehensive about cherries in my Porter. Love fruit in my beer but not so much dark brews. Drank from my Moon River Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a fairly dark black with a bit of dark brown around the edges where light penetrates. A small tan head forms and quickly recedes leaving pretty much no lacing.
Smell- Smells exactly as I expected. A light bit of tart fruit bite upfront that I wouldn't necessarily recognize as cherry. Some light chocolate and even more caramel comes through fairly strong, especially as it warms. A tiny bit of butterscotch as well but all-in-all fairly simple.
Taste- Starts with a nice creamy roastiness with a bit of dark chocolate and Tootsie Roll. Caramel and a light bit of sweetness are pretty much the backbone and majority of the beer. The light tartness of the cherries almost isn't noticeable. It seems to almost blend with the roasted acidity of the Porter. Finishes with a bit of lingering caramel and chocolate malt.
M- Smooth as silk with extremely light carbonation and an amazing creaminess.
D- Well I think I'd classify this as more of a Porter with lightly tart undertones than a Cherry Porter. Perhaps this is the way to go though cause I really enjoyed this. The tartness isn't all that fruity but it adds a nice sort of contrast in the roast of the malt. I like this but not really for the reasons the brewer intended.

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Photo of portia99
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Received in trade from pudge43. Thanks! Really glad to get a chance to try this one.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown with reddish highlights. A loose, tan head forms but dissipates quickly leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface.

S - Roasted, almost coffee-like aroma dominates. A slight cherry fruitiness can be detected. No hop presence noted.

T - Taste follows the aroma well. Roasted coffee flavor dominates. Some tartness and cherry flavor come into play, but really stays in the background. Wish the cherry was more prominant in the flavor.

M - Full enough for style, but, if anything, on the slightly thin side. Overall, good body with medium carbonation.

D - For the style, drinkabilitiy is pretty good. Alcohol is not detectable at all. For me, porters are not really my go to session beer style, but I could have a couple of these - just wish more cherry flavor came thru.

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Photo of kenito799
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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 nsmartell
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a tan colored head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Fruity, but can't tell it is cherry. The malts dominate.

Taste: Sweet malts with a hint of cherry and a little tart. I'm not sure I would have called it cherry if I didn't know that was what I was drinking. A solid porter with a hint of something extra.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew. Goes down smooth and tasty. Would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 GeezLynn
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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 clvand0
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a small head that falls quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a bit of tartness and some dark and roasted malts. The flavor is mostly comprised of roasted and chocolate maltiness. The cherries come through at the end, but they aren't as strong as expected, just a touch of tartness. The mouthfeel is on the heavy end of medium and the drinkability is good. Nice brew here.

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

I got this bottle from my sister in law who brought it to me from Green Bay on 6/26/09 and I consumed my first one on the very same eve.

Beer poured dark brown with slight 1/2 finger of tanish head into my Bell's tulip. Carbonation is light but definetely appropriate for the style. Smell is of lactic tartness, roasted malts and bitter chocolate. The taste of this beer is wonderful for a porter, with a medium to heavy mouthfeel. However, the label suggests that there would be a nice cherry flavor and it is difficult to pick up. The roasted flavor with bitter chocolate and coffee is the flavor up front and it definetely overshadows the slight lactic cherry sweetness that comes through at the end of the beer. I really do enjoy this beer, its very drinkable and a totally respectable porter, but if your looking for a nice fruit flavored beer you'll be very disappointed...still all and all another great offering in the Brewers Gone Wild series.


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Photo of Winter
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black in color with a dark brown head. The aroma has a mild sourness to it and consists of malt, bitter chocolate and tart cherries. Nice full-bodied mouthfeel. Paradise is a tart porter with a lot of malt character to it. The middle leans a little on the sour side. Finish emphasizes the tart cherry flavor.

Overall a decent offering. Not something I was blown away by and the cherry is less prominent than I was expecting. The balance between the malt and fruit is handled pretty well. The cherry tartness tries to balance out the malt sweetness and it does a pretty good job. Sturdy porter.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasted coffee bean brown with meager highlights of cherry and orange. The upper third of the pint glass is occupied by an impressive chunk of mochaccino colored foam that is beginning to lay down thick sheets of finely stippled lace. This one is a looker.

Dark chocolate and black coffee dominate the nose. Tyranena's base Imperial porter is a good one, as we've tasted before with other offerings. There is a bit of fruitiness, but I'd have been hard-pressed to identify it as cherry. No less than 840 lbs of sour cherry puree should have resulted in more of an olfactory splash than this.

PBTDLDBCP is delicious, drinkable beer because the sour cherries are an accent rather than the dominant flavor. It's nowhere near as tart as Bell's Cherry Stout and is much better for it. It also helps that it's a bigger beer rather than a smaller one.

Dark chocolate-covered cherries isn't an inaccurate comparison, although the beer isn't nearly that sweet. The flavor profile is fairly straightforward: dark/bittersweet chocolate, coffee and sour cherries. Warming brings more cherry flavor to the fore, while continuing to keep things in exquisite balance. This is a solid effort in all respects, including...

... the mouthfeel. I've had bigger and creamier 7.5% ales, but this one is impressively glassy smooth and has just the right amount of gentle carbonation. Drinking quickly is easily achieved and drinking slowly is rewarding as well.

Paradise By The Dashboard Lights Doubly Blessed Cherry Porter brings back fond memories of playing Bat Out Of Hell until the grooves wore out. It also brings back fond memories of nights spend in cars parked next to empty Little League fields, where I was never able to hit one out of the park, but occasionaly went for extra bases. Thanks for the memories J.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Dark brown, but not quite black, with a tannish foam not unlike an impy stout that was less than one finger. Good lacing and active carbonation. Medium size bubbles

S: Some cherry and roasted/smokey malt, no hops

T: More roasted malt, with a slight cherry aftertaste. Actually reminded me a lot of Moosedrool. Again, no hops.

M: A little fizz, but not really or what would be expected from the active carb. A little thinnish

D: Alright, but the smokey malt turned me off.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a very consistent american porter that looks like coca cola. nice molasses and vanilla malt odor. very nice nose that seems to lead the way to a wonderful porter. robust but not dense with a nice mild chocolate malt and a mild acid of fruit in the finish. not sweet from the cherry just mildly tart. not sour leather quality even. the tart decision cuts through the body a bit but isn't as substantial as expected. more noticeable when warmer. a very nice beer.

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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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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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