vikingguy (837) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(#161 of 2028) Pours an attractive deep ruby color with small, yet long lasting pinkish head. Lots of carbonation. Fragrant sour cherry dominates the aroma. Taste is tart cherry balanced well with a solid malt backbone. Sweet but definitely not to the point of cloying. Dry palate. A little medicinal but wasn’t a big turn-off for me. Alcohol hidden well. I think this is rated too low. It’s complex, cherry flavor tastes natural, malty, good balance of sweet and sour, good palate. I wouldn’t say this is outstanding, but it is very solid.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle, 2008 version. #535 of 2028. Pours a hazy, deep reddish orange-amber colored body with a two finger-width, creamy and foamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves at least a finger-width amount of lacing throughout the session. Aroma is fairly dry and musty with sweet cherries and wood. Somewhat grainy with a moderate caramel and molasses sweetness, floral and earthy hops, and a touch of roast. I get the slightest hint of apples and pear as well. Nice aroma. Not overly sweet nor tart in the least bit. Flavor is similar, but the booze gets a bit heated in the finish. Some sweet caramels and musty molasses up front with some smooth, medium sweet cherries and dry wood. A bit grainy again before this finishes with some cooked caramel, a higher amount of earth, and very dry. I still get that touch of apple too. Medium bitterness and like I said before, a noticeable booze although it never seems to get too out of hand. Lengthy aftertaste following a full body and medium-high carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. Medium sweet with a solid maltiness that gives off a bit of a toast at times with a smooth, un-tart cherry. A surprisingly adequate bitterness too. This has a decent depth to it and the booze doesn’t completely distract from the flavor, but it is a bit messy at times. All-in-all, this is one that may need a couple more years to peak. Despite that, I found it fairly enjoyable and better than what others have rated.
robertjm (776) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(2008 750ml 1685 of 2028) Huge amount of off-white foam. Body color of cherry soda. Lots of carbonation in the glass. Aroma kind of bready with a hint of cherry. Not overly sweet fruit aromas. Flavor not what I expected. Very very dry with bitterness on the palate. It’s catagorized as a fruit beer, but I’d stick it more in a Belgian-style instead. I have to wonder if this flavor is due to aging, or whether it’s supposed to be like this. Sorry Big Sky. This one ain’t a keeper. :-(
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a cloudy, medium-toned beige with an aroma of candy-sweet cherry lozenge and oaky smoke. Flavor is cloyingly sweet dull cherry juice. Thick and gelatinous on the tongue. Sweet, gelatinous, and confusing.
alexanderj (3333) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; poured an orange-caramel color with a smallish off white head. Some floaties. Aroma of cherry, caramel, must, yeast, bread and vanilla. Slightly tart flavor; a lot of cherry with some caramel, yeast, earth and vanilla. Pretty flavorful for the style, and the alcohol is pretty evident. Solid flavor, but nothing great. Ok.
dalekliz (882) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a murky amber-brown with a bubbly white head that fades. Aroma of cherry juice, sugar, malt. Taste of malt, cherries, sugar, baked goods, sweet spices. Lingering cherry pie flavors. Interesting.
yespr (32006) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cL bottle. Pours dark orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is dry wooden and slight caramelish. Roasted malty and caramelish. Lingering dark roasted caramel. Dry caramelish and wooden vanilla like finish.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, taster at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a pale copper color with a small pale pink ring. Nose held some medicinal oak as well as in the flavor. The medicinal qualities are not dragging on the overall quality in the brew, still pretty damn good.
illidurit (2172) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours amber with a thin white head. Aromas of mealy mushy cherries, cherry pits, medicine. Flavor is bordering on artificial cherry with some caramel and too much booziness. Thick, hot, fizzy, not particularly good.
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mahagony pour. Odd cherry syrup or preserve flavor mixed with a typical beer. Flavor is cherry. Not overly sweet and pretty boring to speak of.