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Big Sky Smoove Cherry Ale

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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11120) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
Bottle conditioned. Aroma of slightly sour cherry over roasted malt. White head that doesn’t last long. A cherry amber or copper color. Smooth, fairly full bodied, with creamy carbonation. There’s a note like a bit of Brett. Or wood. Or cherry pits. It’s got an underlying sweetness after the initial unsweetness. Sweet brown fruits come up. Not at all sticky sweet, just not entirely unsweet. Finally finishes cherry/woody. Leaves a woody bitter ending. It’s pretty dry en fin.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6231) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light pink, fully diminishing. Body is medium reddish amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), with light notes of cherry and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Really depressing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6140) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2008
750, capped and foiled. Rich red body under a thinnish gray film. Nice sweet and funky cherry and horseblanket nose. Medium body, fizzy. Light, balanced, pleasant cherry and brown bread mid-palate. Very proportional. Great stuff, though understated. Hides the alcohol very well.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beaver (1301) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2008
750ml bottle. Pours a light reddish-amber with a thin fizzy head that quickly diminishes to a tiny collar then disappears completely.

The aroma is off vegetal malts, cherries and sharp rubbing alcohol.

The flavor is sweet cherries and sharp tarry bitter alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery with very low but sharp carbonation.

Overall, it’s a bit of a mess. Way too much sharp alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Had a sample at Strong beer fest in Mesa, thought would try full bottle. Fermented cherries for aroma. Amber body with white head. Thick body with charries with medium amout of tartness. Leaves th palate with some dryness so you’ll need a palate refresher after this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Sampled at the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild 2008 Strong Beer Fest, on February 17, at the Mesa Amphitheatre. I assume this is the same as Smoove Cherry Ale, which is what I tasted. Tart aroma of cherries, and flavor is much the same. Interesting.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle Smoove Cherry Ale: Caramel color, light head and lacing. Nose of medicinal cough medicine or cough drops, really light fake cherry already; no malt. The flavor is ok, cherry pie (strudel, more like a hostess cake) and light bitter husk. Fairly awful for such a boisterous display of price, bottle and price.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2752) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2008
750ml bottle On V-Day that is the day they tell you to drink this brew. Well they say sip on it with your loved one AKA wife. Well my wife doesn’t do beer so had to take this one down alone. Pours out a cloudy amber topped with a small sud head. A nice aroma of wood cherrys and Alcohol. Tast of cherry, malt, wood and a kick of Alcohol. A little over the top on the Alcohol. I wish this was a Cherry tart. But hey it was a pretty good brew.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Brew pours amber honey with a tall, lasting head reducing sowly to reveal a fluffy, downy canopy. Aromas of sweet cherry malts and a bit of alcohol. Medium nectar with ample residual effers that create a soft textured sensation. Like cotton candy desolving in your mouth. Nice! Only mildly sweet with defined cherry essence but without the medicinal flavors. This is good. Usually with cherry you get a full on medicine cabinet that can be disenchanting. It’s not tart at all. Theres a strong alcohol presence that lingers even on the finish acting like an opressive iron curtain if you will silencing the fruit component. Caramel, dates, plumb, and raisins fight to be heard but their attempt is met with futility. The finish is stained with alcohol that cuts right through the delicacies. I wish there was more fruit. Overall this brew is on the right track but needs some tweaking. It’s very warming with a Belgianesque disposition.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2176) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2007
750 ml bottle. I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this from my father who was traveling through Missoula, MT. This is an excellent cherry strong ale... Pours a deep amber with a thin white head. Aromas of honey and cherries... nice medium body and very smooth over the palate. Thick cherry flavors dominate the palate... but not overly so. Pleasant aftertaste lingers. Overall, a very good beer that is not easily obtainable - so if you see it - grab one.


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