The description of this beer states it is a brown porter recipe base that was split, racked onto 1kg sour cherries, 1l sour cherry juice, 60g toasted coconut, 100g toasted cacao nibs, 2 tsp raw cacao powder, one vanilla bean then blended back with the rest of the beer that was racked into an oak barrel in the meantime. A bit confusing. OG of 1.052, FG of 1.014, not taking into account fruit sugars.
This porter is an auburn-hued dark brown and is well carbonated, but produced no head. I may have used an oily glass unintentionally. There is definitely a huge cherry bomb in the aroma, with a sort of blue-cheese thing going on in the background. Only the faintest hint of malt is there.
The mouthfeel is quite thin but delivers big fruit flavours. Sumptuous cherry juice merges with a nice dry chocolate porter base. This is much better than a cherry ripe; in fact it puts confectionery to shame. The only thing that could improve this beer is a big, rocking head. I don’t know if its absence can be attributed to the cherry juice or the glass or something else.