AirForceHops (6301) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle thanks to Willrunforbeer. Release number 19. Violet color with thin white head. Aroma is cherry skins, cherry cough syrup, and oak..
Flavor seems like it has sat to long or wasn’t great in the first place. I hand this after sampling the Peach and Raspberry directly before it. The oak with cherries comes off in a cough syrup / cold medicine flavor. The oak isn’t astringent but comes off with a weak bitterness. Sugar notes are low but here. Carbonation is almost flat. Not the Brewers fault on that. Meh. I enjoyed the other two fruits much more.
WillRunForBeer (2342) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. Release 19. SLC 1240. Pours deep red brown with a few off white bubbles. Aroma is caramel, cherry, red wine. Flavor follows. Caramel, dark cherry, a touch of oak.
Atom (2168) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Denver tap room, pours a clear copper with a thin white head. Aroma of cherry cough syrup and Belgian yeast. Taste of Belgian yeast, lots of bitterness and some oak. Meh, not undrinkable.
ineedbeer (1858) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle from batch #25.
Aroma has some medium light cherry notes to it, but also a fairly strong red apple and pear character with other Belgian esters. Light phenolic notes as well with a bit of a grass note. Faint oak and light caramel and honey.
Pours a hazy, reddish copper color with a medium large, slightly off white, rocky and thin white head that recedes quickly and disappears. No lacing and small legs.
Flavor is slightly tart but with a moderate sweetness as well. Medium cherry notes, but somewhat medicinal. Some light tannins from the oak and cherry skins. Medium light fruit esters with red apple and pear being most prevalent. Hints of phenolics with medium high bitterness. Meidum light alcohol spice in the finish. Some honey, candi sugar and caramel notes as well.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, I am not a fan at all. I thought I remembered liking this beer, but if it always tasted like this than my memory was wrong. Tastes a bit like biting into an overripe, mushy apple with some alcohol and cherries thrown in.
Jerm719 (170) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tart cherry. Mild Belgian yeast. Medium low carbonation. Hint of wood. Not very complex. Ok beer, just kind of boring.
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Reddish orange, average white head. Phenolic, sweet, with medicinal cherry flavour that is surprisingly low key. Where is the barrel influence? No funk, no sourness, and whatever vinous traits are here seem to be eclipsed by intrusive medicinal phenols. Not my thing-- a disappointment for sure.
UXO (1524) - CANADA - OCT 11, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: clear ruby-tinted amber with a short, short-lived pinkish head, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: cherry syrup with a medicinal edge, vinous red berries, lightly woody. (5/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter, moderate tart. (5/10) Medium-light body, lively carbonation, cough syrup finish. (2/5)
Y’know, I’d be the first to admit that I’m a hopeless romantic kind of guy, prone to believing the best of people on little evidence. So, it’s probably not surprising that I went into this with expectations that were way too high - but to be honest, the prior offerings from this brewery had me thinking they could do no wrong. Bow, howdy, was I wrong. The double digit ABV is capable of getting you brainless, sure, but so’s Nyquil - and in fact, there’s a strong resemblance. The bottle says there’s nothing artificial added, and it’s not that I don’t believe that - but I sure don’t taste that. Having had some of the best Belgian krieks around, this is, while perhaps not terrible on its own merits, a pretty pale shadow of those beers. (10/20)
NoYouDidnt (12) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells pretty good. Very funky. Looks okay. Really leaves a lot of carbonation on the side of the glass. Tastes good. Again has that funky flavor. But you do get those cherries. Tasty
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source in Denver with Andrew, Ellen and her friends. Pours a clear reddish golden body with no lacing. Mouthfeel is stringent with notes of Belgian spice, candy, clove; hardly any cherry.
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad beer but could’ve been so much more. Aroma was fantastic. Sorry cherries and notes of red wine. A little funk and sourness to it. Pour was a beautiful dark red with no head. Taste was very disappointing after that nice aroma. Started out tart and quickly turned to thick artificial tasting cherry syrup. No complexity and not much else coming through. Can taste the red wine notes but the syrup kept it to a whisper. Decent carbonation. If I didn’t love cherry beers so much I would’ve given this a lot lower of a score