Anova167 (245) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strange looking pour that looks like rose wine with a white head that quickly disappears. Aroma of Belgian phenolics, floral note, and a bit of cherry. Flavor is interesting, pretty heavy on the cherries but with very little tartness. Belgian yeast notes come through later with some alcohol. A bit Underwhelming for me.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle @markwise Birthday-palooza-a-go-go Gathering-thanks kiefdog-pours amber with a disappearing white head. Aroma is medium malt, some cherry. Taste is medium malt, herbal, some cherry.
burg326 (2762) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle shared at Markwise’s Bday Bash, poured a light reddish, almost purple color, aromas of light tart cherries and candi sugar. Flavors are virtually none existant, I got no tart cherries at all, just a bland beer, if anything it is light , and I mean light cherry flavor, but not tart at all.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks carl! Reddish amber with no head. Big cherry pit and flesh with spicy herbal dough notes and wheat grain. Medium body, low carbonation.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Rick’s Wine & Gourmet, opened 5/13/12. Pours a slightly hazy red color with a large fizzy tan head. Most of it fades quickly but a thin collar remains. Aroma of red wine,wood, cherries, grapes, citrus and caramel. The taste is red wine, tannins, bready notes, herbal notes, wood, caramel, grapes, cherries. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A medicinal texture, but not flavor, is present in the back end. Decent beer.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #5 courtesy of douglas88 pours deep clear cherry juice with white head trimmed with a light pinkish hue. The aroma has some apples and pears as well as some fruity sourness, tartness and then yeasty spices. The taste has a great play going on between tart red wine notes, spicy oak, sweet apples and pears, some sour fruitiness and then rolling into soft spongy yeasty spiciness. This beer is really hitting the spot as all the conflicting notes come together with harmony. Yummers!
Butters (3584) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 7. Clear pale reddish pour and whitish head. Smells like tart cherry pie. Flavor of tart cherries and sweet candi sugar and Belgian triple. Meh.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Slightly cloudy light red color with thin head fading to a collar. The nose has some artificial cherries plus some medicinal character. Off and not pleasing. Flavor is the same but quite a bit worse. Stale cough syrup with a hefty bit of booze. Body is medium with a dry off character. Chemicals and other gross things. Ugh.
Errl (1111) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle- Batch #7 thanks to thirdeye11) Pour is a pinkish orange with an off white head..Nose is oak, cherries, earthy, candy..Taste is oak, syrup, bready, caramel..Palate is warm
KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour was a murky medium cranberry red with a small (1 finger or less) pink fizzy head that quickly dissipated down to a thin puddle and small collar, but did produce some really nice sheets of lace.
The aroma was of a mild bread malt and a musty Belgian yeast with strong notes of cherries, red wine, wood and a light hint of alcohol.
The taste was sweetly tart and a tad acidic with a big note of cherries early on, with the finish being a bit winey with a woody alcohol finish. The flavor lingered for a really nice long time after the swallow, allowing for the fruity alcohol taste to grow as time went on.
Mouthfeel was just above light in body with a very nice dry texture and a fizzy carbonation.
Overall a delicious Strong Ale, with the taste of the cherries and cask pretty much masking the high ABV...