Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from premier, this one didnt have much cranberries or grapefruit for me, it was pretty light tasting and it was alright, drinkable but not my favorite
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had an auburn colored body with a small white half finger head that lasts throughout most of the beer, faded, spotty lacing.
The smell had cranberry, and there was some allspice in the background.
The taste was sweet, yet tart through the cherries, allspice is more subdued, light hops.
The palate sat about a light to medium, sessionable, sweet dry aftertaste and finish.
Overall, this is good for its style and I would have this again if I could get it again.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear dark chestnut color. The head stands one finger high, with an offwhite shade. Itís quick to fade, however, and has a slightly ragged texture. It tries to leave some lacing behind on the glass, but not a lot by any means. Still, attractive due to the bodyís vibrant color.
S: This is weird...and worrying. I pick up (slight) cranberry and some sweet caramel primarily. The fruit notes, however, donít seem fully integrated within the rest of the brew - and even worse, come off a bit artificially. Luckily, theyíre hidden beneath the malt backbone enough.
T: Caramel hits the palate first, while the cranberry flavors...uh oh, dat artificial finish. Thereís a slight adjunct note in the middle; this is actually my favorite feature. Like I said before, the finish is both chemical and perfume-y, which kills it. Still, Iím glad itís kind of bland instead of bold, actually: that means I can put this down easily instead of want to pitch it.
M: Sweet, in a wholly undefined and generic matter. The thick feel just loafs around on the palate, while the decent carbonation fails to scrub the tongue sufficiently.
O: Not a car crash of a beer, just really damn dull. To be fair, itís not a car crash BECAUSE itís so dull. Proof positive that fantastic intentions alone does not a good beer make.
hershiser2 (1175) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
$1.75 Bottle, Wine Warehouse, CHO.
Pours brownish red with a tiny dusting of a head. Smells of cheap lager, cranberry, grape... almost a champagne smell. Tastes of heavy cranberry, almost candied, but not sweet. Finishes with a strong cheap lager taste.
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderate head that leaves some slippery lace. Dark amber/light brown color. Clear.
Dark amber malt aroma with a touch of sour berry. A light honey sweet overlay to the smell.
Dry malt flavor with a surprising level of hop in the finish. The cranberries are nearly imperceptible; shows up best in the swallow. Dry, short-lived finish. Creamy body with a lower carbonation. Overall, itís a decent offering but resembles a dry amber ale more than anything else.
williamstome (752) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber pour, faint aroma of cranberry,
slightly tart mild cranberry flavor. Not bad but nothing special.
wilkinsonak (4) - Delaware, USA - DEC 21, 2013 does not count
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Too tart but I suppose thatís what you get with cranberry. Nice dark color, no head...probably wonít be drinking this again.
tnkw01 (956) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Light reddish-brown. Medium size head. Seems to have more cranberry aroma than flavor. Most of the cranberry taste is in the after taste. Not a bad beer but wonít drink again.
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at brewery. Poured reddish/pink and bright. Thin white head. Aroma and flavor were light cranberry, lightly tart and lemony. Seemed a bit thin but quite quaffable and appropriate for the season.
samsmith33 (314) - - DEC 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is cranberry, mold, Reddish brown color, small white head. Taster is Tart cranberry flavor, not unpleasant. Also apple, cereal. Crisp.
A nice festive beer. Good for what it is.