boFNjackson (4002) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Bailey’s Cellar Fest [2009 Vintage]... One of my favorites from the fest! Poured near black with a thin, khaki head. Nice thin and clean mouthfeel which really endorsed the dark fruit cherry flavors. The cherries played only slightly medicinal but were countered by a decent amount of roasty and toasty malts. Plump, dark cherry skins that tasted fresh in character. Cocoa, and an amaretto liqueur tone. Like dessert in a glass!
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
SD Strong Ale Fest 2010. Mahogany brown color/ fleeting head. Sweet cherry, black licorice, sugar, dark roast malt aromas. medium bodied with soft carb. Semi sweet chocolate, sweet cherry, black licorice spice flavors, with some dark roast that cuts some of the sweet stuff here.
brokensail (9825) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a murky dark brown with some definite red notes to it. A minimal tan head forms on top.
S: The nose starts off with a big time pie cherry aroma. There’s a nice sweetness along with some chocolate and a very mild roasted malt character. The cherries are the standout here.
T: Like the nose, the cherries really make this beer. A good combination of sweetness and tartness from the fruit, along with some sweet caramel and chocolate. The roasted malt is again mild.
M: The body is medium and the carbonation is low to medium.
D: I was worried this one might be a bit medicinal or cough syrup-esque since so many cherry beers seem to end up that way. Luckily, that wasn’t the case.
JohnnyJ (4040) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at SD Strong Ale Fest 10. Pours a deep dark brown, thin tan head. Dark roasted malts, sweet juicy red cherries, chocolate, and some sweet caramel. Sweet beer, but not sugary and artificial, no cough syrup. Chocolate covered cherries mmmm.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a micro film of tan oil.
Aroma: Sweet cherry pie filling.
Taste: Beautiful authentic cherry, slight chocolate roast, modest spicy hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, modest carbonation.
Overall: F&^cking awesome. I love this along with Alaskan’s Baltic Porter, which uses cherries.
SrSilligoose (3089) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at elysian during the firkin-firkin oregon vs washington event. pours a murky brown hue with little head or lace. aroma of chocolate covered cherries and dough. light tart cherry bite to it. nice. good stuff.