GreatDane1632 (1168) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 3, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rated based on notes taken 15 Sept 2012 -- Interesting. (those notes usually mean it wasn’t great) Not a great bit of cranberry, just a hint. So why call it a cranberry brew?
Holdwine (1163) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Really wanted to like this, but it was almost a pour. Its redemption was, as it warmed it became tolerable. Nice nose. Cranberry soda at first. Warming brought out a bit of pleasant malt. Still, a dud.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear ruby red with a small off-white head. Aromas of caramel malt, red berries and sour cherry, and wet gym socks. Flavor is a little sour malt, raisin, and slightly tart cherry/grape; a little cranberry in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, thin, and dry. Not great.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber and clear - very good head. Taste is almost sour with nuts and then there’s the bits of cranberry. Described here as a fruit beer, but reminds me of a Vienna lager with the cranberry throwing it off a bit.
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This one is kinda funky and unusual. Taste is cranberries, cotton balls and malt. All over the map.
mike67 (1092) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with a short lasting, thin, white head. Aroma is of dark fruit, cranberries caramel malt. Medium, crisp body. Taste is of dark fruit, cranberries, spices, caramel, brown sugar and earthy hops. Nice brew for Thanksgiving dinner.
BeerFanDan17 (1079) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewery in Boston. Cranberry Harpoon Helps... rich maltiness... very "scotch-like."
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby Red with thin white lacing. Malty, caramel, yet slightly grassy aroma.. Malts upfront on the palate but overall crisp and clean with a bit of spice and earthy bite on the back.
MrBeerFanatic (1005) - Friona, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty dark amber with more of the red hues and can produce a frothy head. Fruity aromas of sour apple, juicy fruit gum, cranberry, slight grapefruit, slight perfumlike hints. Flavors of cranberry actually come through though more light, can be noticed well through the whole flavor experience. Other more subtle flavors of slight caramel, with a hint of nuttyness and very light bread. The bitter dry end doesnt seem to balence well with all the overall flavors. Slightly sweet, tart, dry. A sip here and there is rather lightly tasty but to fast and it becomes old fast.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2011
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clear amber with a one finger tan head. Good lacing and head retention.
Smell is of very tart fruit. There is a tiny bit of malt that comes through.
The flavor is very tart. Way too heavy on the cranberries here. I cannot really detect any malt at all. The beer finished crisp and dry with no hops to speak of. Mouthfeel is light.
This is just not my kind of beer. The cranberries and accompanying tartness is way over the top.