snoworsummer (1491) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a bottle. Pours reddish copper brown with a thin white head and lots of lacing. Tastes like malt and cranberry. Just barely tart. Dry chalky feel. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like malt, grains, and very mild berries.
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. It’s 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 body’s vibrant color.
S: This is weird...and worrying. I pick up (slight) cranberry and some sweet caramel primarily. The fruit notes, however, don’t seem fully integrated within the rest of the brew - and even worse, come off a bit artificially. Luckily, they’re hidden beneath the malt backbone enough.
T: Caramel hits the palate first, while the cranberry flavors...uh oh, dat artificial finish. There’s 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, I’m glad it’s 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, it’s not a car crash BECAUSE it’s so dull. Proof positive that fantastic intentions alone does not a good beer make.
jredmond (4872) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2010 Bottle split with Andrew, Streets and Ryan. Pours a murky brown body with thin lacing. Aroma is cranberry, yeast, and a strong malt back bone.
halfonit (1117) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear ruby/amber color. Aroma is of malts and hops with a very slight cranberry and brown sugar scent. Light and carbonated palate but it does have a nicer body than expected. Flavors that come through are malts, hops, cranberry, and black cherry. Leaves a dry, dirty malt finish. Nothing special. What ever happened to Sam Adams? Too bad nobody knows that 80% of their beers are made in OHIO.
beerme31 (446) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours darker golden color medium tan head. Aroma of bread, caramel, and berries. Medium sweet taste. Medium-thin body, oily texture, tart and mild bitter finish. Not a big fan of this one.
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 that’s what you get with cranberry. Nice dark color, no head...probably won’t be drinking this again.
r464 (1737) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A malty base with some sweetness to it, caramel and a very light hint of fruit. Odd finish like modeling clay.
derekbrown (104) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Better than expected, this beer from Harpoon carries a slight cherry/berry flavor with the malt. There is an aftertaste that is slightly unpleasant, with this same "aftertaste" being present in the aroma as well. The flavor doesn’t stick around long either, as the beer has little body. Decent, but a little off-putting for regular drinking.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4466) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark caramel color with a medium sized foamy beige head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was faint tart berries and a touch of nutty malt. The flavor was nutty and a touch roasty with a faint vague tart berry note and a sour tangy finish. Medium body. Disappointing.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks, Abbie! Might have gone better on Turkey Day, but even a late tick is a tick. Reddish brown pour, lively carbonation that fades in time. Nose of dried fruit past consumability, along with mild fruitbread. Thin body accentuates the starkness of the flavors. Usually it’s a good thing when a beer like this avoids being excessively sweet; but here the dry, dusky personality just adds up to suck.