TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2009
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Rusty orange. Off-white head noisily fizzles away within seconds. Off-putting nose of medicine-steeped cherries, fusel alcohol, plasticlike phenols, and brown sugar. Hint of cardboard (oxidation). Prickly, highly acidic and fuzzy carbonation. Bombastic burst of plasticklike phenols clash with grainy accents of toasted malt and flat hints of cardboard. Cloying and medicinal, and utterly devoid of any brightening acid or vibrancy. Extremely sharp as its soda pop-esque and briskly minerally. Finishes heavily on the grainy side with toasted malt lingering amid notes of cherry syrup. Overall very shallow, overly airy, husky, and hot with alcohol. Man, making this stuff is a disservice to beer. Just plain awful, deeply flawed stuff.
HonkeyBra (4033) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2009
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle 1003 of 2028. 2008 bottle. Dark red pour with pinkish, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of cherry soda, alcohol light tart cherry twinge, a bit of confectionery. Flavor is cherry candy, cherry soda, hot alcohol. Fizzy body, not really enough of anything to stop this tasting so hot. Finishes abruptly. This is just a sugary, slightly cherry flavored alcohol bomb. Not really sure how to even describe this. Finished it and I’m about to feel sick.
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.
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
750ml bottle poured into my Narke glass. 2008 batch, bottle # 1389 of 2028...Pours a dark blood red, borders on a brown. A big spongey tan/pink head good retention and lacing...The aroma is super weird, it smells like vanilla cake with cherry frosting, and as good as that sounds, just doesn’t really work for a beer...The taste is borderline horrendous and its really sneaky. It starts off ok light cherries and sugar on the front, then you are bombarded with rotten cherries and carbonation that attacks your senses. 4 sips to tick this is all I can manager.
This is really bad and should be avoided!!!! Do not even tick it.
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - 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.