trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
750 ml from BevMo, Scottsdale. Pours a hazy dark pink with a two-finger lighter pink head. the head dissipated very quickly. The aroma was different. Sweeter, marischino cherry nose. A bit of cider as well. The taste, well, it was not good. It was identical to cherry Nyquil, except Nyquil is not at watery. Heavy ethyl alcohol and chemical flavors with the nasty cherry-Slurpee flavor was jsut bad. I only made it about halfway through my first pint before I dumped it and the bottle down the drain. Avoid.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of RiversideAK? Pour is an offwhite,reddish hued liquid with fizzy whiteness bubbling off, taste is kind of lacking, with a dry finish... kind of weak in the taste, however I’m not getting the alcohol that others are.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The 2007 vintage on draught at the Stub & Herb’s in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates clean with no ring or any lacing. Aroma of light berry, golden grain malt with some caramel malt, some fruit punch, with a touch of apple and pear. Taste is medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated with flavors of mostly alcohol, some golden grain and multi-grain malt, a touch of cherry and fruit punch flavors and a hint of medicinal herbs. Finish is semi-dry with a mild alcohol burn aftertaste that slowly disappears. Smoove or Smooth? Na-Ta. Drop the alcohol a wee bit and we’ll talk smooth.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Dark orange, fizzy white head. Nose held notes of artificial cherry and toasted caramel. Alcohol and sugary fake cherry flavor beat you to oblivion. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, harsh fruity finish. Ain’t nothing smoove about it….
DYCSoccer17 (3448) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
750mL bottle purchased at BevMo in Natomas, CA. Has a large, bubbly head that almost escapes the bottle shortly after opening. Initially, there is a lot of cherry fruitiness in the aroma. This aroma fades and lends way to some more apple cider-like qualities. Later, some caramel malty aromas seem to make an appearance. A little honey sweetness and a touch of band aid are also present. Mildly transparent orange body with a bubbly off-white/pink head that has lots of small bubbles and is quickly dissipating. Horrifically carbonated to start. Becomes extremely bitter. Salty, harsh medicinal, aspirin-like fuesal bitterness. This is not bitterness caused by hops. Very acidic and very carbonated. This hurts my mouth when I drink it. This is hardly smooth or smoove or any other bastardization of the word. Not drinkable.
argo0 (11915) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(750ml bottle, thanks acrdz) Hazy amber body topped by medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, some caramel. Taste is sweet, cherry, alcohol. Medium-full body, some effervescence.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a hazy, ruby-orange color; off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Cherry juice, toasted grains and alcohol in the aroma. Loads of sticky sweetness: red fruit juice (cherries, mostly), fruit leather, sticky candy sugar, and plenty of alcohol showing through; a bit rough at the edges; boozy red fruits throughout. Lengthy finish: fruit juice, sugar and alcoholic warmth; rough.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a lightly hazy red/orange with a short-lived white head. Fruity artificial cherry flavoring and harsh, boozy grain alcohol in the nose. Boozy, sweet, alcoholic mess of a flavor: twangy, syrupy, fuesal, on top of some stale cherry flavoring, ugh… just not that good at all.
Rusty (1539) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light and hazy yet see through reddish brown with a nice velvety off white head. Aroma of sour cherry, wood, and a little funk. Flavor is cherry, wood, brett funkiness, a little acidic sourness. I’m not getting the sharp alcohol that everyone else has been complaining about. This beer wasn’t worth the $13 but it was still pretty decent. If it were a $7 bottle i’d try again.
jake65 (2856) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 5, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Lighter brownish amber color with a large, creamy sand colored head. Aroma is bright with grassey hops and sour fruity tartness. Taste is initially light cherry up front before moving into a heavy maltiness with some grassy hops. Finishes a little bitter and of sour fruit. I might have enjoyed this more if it was Valentines Day and I shared it with my wife, but she refused to taste it on the premise that it "Looked and smelled like beer and I don’t like beer." She encouraged me to drink up and leave her alone so I could better enjoy the brew, but I digress... Barely enjoyable given any circumstances and I doubt that any female companionship could have changed it. This brew was a huge dissapointment.