GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer is the new wine. This brew pours a copperish amber color with a soapy, rapidly depleting head. Smells of....cherries...Medium full nectar with good carbonation. A malt forward brew style with plenty of acidity and cherry essence. A bit of toasted oak is noticeable adding to it’s depth. The finish has a slight of caramel on it. A sipping savory brew for sure but a bit boring. Give me more carbonation, tartness, and density. Bam!
vikingguy (864) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy red color with lively white carbonated head. Fresh cherry wheat aroma. Taste is pretty unique. It’s sweet but not as sweet as I was expecting. Cherry flavor is pronounced, but certainly not in your face cloying sweet cherry. Some sour tartness. It’s rather rich and balanced well with belgian malts and a decent amount of hops. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, although it’s still there.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge. Release #2). Pours a clear cherry-juice color with effervescent white head and active carbonation. Aroma has belgian yeast, fruit (not quite getting the cherry that I expected) some vinous notes and wood. Taste is sweet from the base beer and some cherry, but it adds a bit of tartness as well. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Fizzy on the tongue. Finishes a bit hot. Not bad, but I prefer Peaches better.
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fizzy white head that diminished into a thin ivory ring. Vibrant dark crimson/tangerine colored body. Truly the same shade as the meat of a plum...take a bite and peer inside. Nose of cherry skin, yeast, wood, and vanilla. Flavor is tart cherry, barrel, and a bit too much alcohol. Fairly hot and a bit distracting. Medium mouthfeel with the sour sticking to the palate long after the sip.
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got this beer at Whole Foods Chandler once again thanks to James. Brainless on cherries is far more subtle than brainless on peaches. The aroma has a light malty caramel smell with a very slight hint of cherries. The appearance is nice but bubbles with lots of carbonation and is transparent with a very slight cloudy burnt orange-red color. The taste is similar to a very standard belgian style beer. The yeast is light, it’s fairly clean finishing and has a really nice hint of cherry that isn’t present until the end of the beer. Solid beer. It’s light but full flavored and doesn’t smack you in the face with cherry. It’s a surprise that the beer is 10.1. Very good. Not great.
JaBier (5080) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Epic tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 8/11/11. Pours a clear reddish amber with a medium pink head. Aroma is tart cherry, Belgian esters, malt and red wine. Cherry hits the palate first, then a peppery yeast character before malt steps in and smooths things out before a dry wine finish. Drier than the regular Brainless and the Peaches version and that’s a good thing.
Braudog (5938) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice, airy pour ... fizzy head capping a rustic, rusty reddish-brown beer. The initial aroma is interesting ... a little funky, with the vaguest of hints at an orchard. The drink carries on that theme ... musty, somewhat yeasty, earthy, farm-house-y. Unique, quite drinkable. (#4207, 8/18/2011)
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep ruby red with a slight head. Aroma of sweet cherry syrup and maybe some wood. Flavor is fruity sweet with a mild tart finish.
Drake (9454) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at Jackie O’s. Pours a hazy red color with a medium sized frothy offwhite head that fades quickly. Aroma of cherries, berries and an herbal note. The taste is sweet malts, cherries, bread and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied.
Nickls (1901) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Batch 4. Hazy ruby red, with really no head other than some white fizziness. Cherries, sweetness, slight woodiness, and vinous notes, but mostly fruity aroma. Flavor is a touch of sweet cherry, some warming darker fruit tones, slight sweetness, touch of earth and vanilla. Not bad, but a touch sweet for me. Medium body with tight bubbly carbonation.