There's a definite whiff of dark chocolate on opening and an underlying fruity aroma, although I couldn't have identified it as cherry. It is as black as Guinness but you can see that the head is more bubbles than froth. A few seconds after taking the photo, the head disappeared and it was as if it had never been there at all. If I didn't know better I would have thought that I was about to drink a pint of coke.
With it's coke-like appearance, it was a confusion for my brain to taste a fizzy thin Guinness with a fruity aftertaste. It's actually a really nice taste, slightly smokey followed by a burst of dark fruit. I just couldn't get it into my brain that it was a beer as it looked and slightly tasted like coke. If you mixed Guinness and coke, I'd expect Cherry Stout to be the result.
Although I'm a big fan of Tyne Bank brewery's ale selection, especially Monument, Cherry Stout is not one Ale be Seeing Again, I'm afraid.
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