Garage Project Cherry Bomb

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 9%
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: Brewed with tart cherry and cacao nibs.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Hello world, it’s Cherry Bomb imperial porter, a complex, decadent desert beer, spiked with sour cherries and cacao nibs. The finished beer has a rich ebony hue with a pronounced, bitter-sweet, dark chocolate and ripe tart cherry character.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.51
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 650ml bottle with a best before date of 15th April 2016 and poured into a Moonzen teku glass.
Appearance: It poured a dark dark brown colour with a one finger tanned head that did not stick around too long but left some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Strong dark chocolate with some tart cherry. Coffee is also there but in the background.
Taste: Bittersweet chocolate at the start but the finish is tart sourish cherry with hints of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Normally I’d say that chocolate and cherry goes well together. However in this case, it didn’t quite mix together too well. I’m thinking something like sweet milk chocolate would go better with cherry than the bitterness of dark chocolate. Having said that, it’s not bad, and its much more drinkable than the 9% would suggest.

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