merc7186 (1968) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours okay with a nice reddish hue, it passes some light through it, has an okay head and no lacing on the glass. The smell comes through immediately with a sour cherry followed by a slight sweetness of the raspberry syrup. The taste is decent with a nice sour cherry, mild wheat, and a mild raspberry sweetness that blends well. The mouthfeel is okay with a bitterness that lingers from the cherries and the beer is carbonated decently. Overall, the taste was decent but fell short in all other categories. I wouldn’t go out of way for this beer but if offered, I would drink it.
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle
Thanks again to Santa for this upstate New York surprise. I’ve had better fruit beers but it is always fun to try things from places you don’t expect. For the style it might be a bit of a letdown. Check it out if you are a ticker but otherwise I’d pass in favor of many other better examples.
Aroma / Appearance - The rusty caramel base sits idly with a creamy vanilla head for decoration. Black cherries, ripe raspberries, and nutty chocolate are definitely fruity. However it is not the sharp fruity tang you might expect but a more mellowed and balanced experience like a sour brown.
Flavor / Palate - The tang of cherries and raspberries is softened by sweet iced tea. A mild tartness carries into a malty finish. This is refreshing but not exciting. While I had no problems finishing up the bottle I don’t see myself rushing to get another any time soon.
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Medium unclear amber with an off white head. Lightly tart berry/cherry and toffee-like malty notes. Lighter earthy notes. Not a ton of sweetness here, the fruity imparts more tartness than sweetness. A little bit overcarbonated, but otherwise pretty good.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark amber with a light head that left quickly and with only a small amount of lacing down the glass. Smells syrupy, sweet, of cherries predominantly. Malt and sour cherry on the tongue with a bit of bitter in the finish. Served with a maraschino cherry at the bottom.
popkow (285) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours ruby red with an off white creamy head. Smells of cherries, rasberries, straw, sugar and some cough syrup lingering. Taste is tilted to fruit with not enough hop/malt notes. Thin but drinkable.
italianjohn (2288) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber orange pour thin off white head .... aroma of sour cherries and tart raspberries .... sweet tart and sour cherry and raspberry taste some sweet malt mostly in the backbone of the beer but up front all sour cherry and tart raspberry and a bitter hop that goes into the dry and sour/tart finish ..... underrated since most of the low ratings are from 2004 sessionable and abv hidden well definitely an improved recipe
beerbill (3328) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy brown with reddish highlights and a thin-moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left light lace. Pleasant aroma of raspberries with some cherry as well. I am not picking up any hop character in the nose. The flavor is rich and malty with ample raspberries and cherries that are quite tart and very flavorful. Bright and lively on the palate. Very enjoyable.
bhensonb (10731) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Half Time. Pours dark amber with a slight beige head. Kind of looks like there’s a reddish tinge in the liquid. Tart raspberry aroma. Body is a bit thin. Flavor is tart and astringent. Starts raspberry, but there is some cherry following. Tart/sour solves all issues. The malt is a bit dodgy, and I’m not sure about hop zest, but the tart fruit and the better malt aspects make this a winner. It has substance!
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Really nice dark brown/red color. Little head when poured out of the growler.
S - Inviting raspberry and cherry aroma. Very pleasant.
T - The cherry and raspberry really present themselves early and dominate the early taste. The malt taste eventually blends itself in and the result is a really nice mixing of the two flavors that linger throughout the aftertaste. The only negative here was that the cherry part of the aroma was much stronger than the actual taste.
M - Very nice, fairly light, and crisp. Felt just right on the tongue, not too watery and not too heavy.
D - This is an extremely drinkable beer. The balance between the fruit taste and the natural taste of the malt really created a smooth and enjoyable beer all around.
Serving type: growler
nearbeer (3602) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Red-brown with almost no lasting bubbles. Faint nose of raspberry and cherry. Big cherry cola taste, with a metallic raspberry finish. A hint of dusty caramel grain and herby hop bite on the finish as well. Light-medium body is sweet, lightly tingly and kind of hard to finish.