ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 bottle compliments of Footbalm. Pours a ruddy auburn with some deeper brownish-yellow tinges and a beige head. Aroma of lightly tart cherries, some pungent yeast notes, hint of balsamic vinegar, and some dusty old hops notes. Flavor is very dry to begin, with a small dose of tart cherries. You can tell right away that the brewers took care not to go overboard with this one. Virtually no sweetness to it, with plenty of crisp, lightly sour lager yeast. Medium-light body, thinning on the end. Overall, a well-made, balanced fruit beer, but it suffers from the heavy filtration, seems a little bit lifeless. If the yeast was left in the bottle, this might truly be a very complex beer. As it is now, it is a crisp, clean lager with a firm tart cherry base.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love this brewery. It is a place every drinker should visit. This beer is a pure cherry monster, but suffers from one thing: it is cherry and not much else. Cough medicine cherry nose with a thin, pitty first sip. Cherry is so dominant. Malts are thin, maybe a bit caramelly. Cherry has the finish locked down. tart, dry. lingering! Decent in the bottle. Very different. Yum.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Reddish amber appearance, minimal head formation. Malty, doughy, cereal aroma with sweet maraschino cherry. Malty, slightly syrupy flavor, cherry is sweet but not dominant, in fact pretty subdued. Pretty light in the finish. Not as interesting as the concept, surprised by the high rating especially from top raters.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Clear reddish orange, smallish lasting head. Pleasant sourish light cherry aroma. Very little fruit in the body, lightly sour and acidic, some nice cherryskins just at the back end, good lasting fruit-sour finish. The back end makes this one, though it’s still no masterpiece.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear copper-red with a thin off-white head. Light musty, earthy aroma which hints at cherries but doesn’t have any tart, sweet character. The body is watery and the flavor is rather weak, although the cherries lend an earthy tartness to the otherwise boring, bland lager body. I could kick a few of these back, however.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from Kevin42. Nose is dirty, almost like an ashtray. Just took the first drink-tastes like cherry icing. Bad. Cherry and acrid. Bad, bad, bad. No good.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2004
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was hoping for more on this one. Amber Coloring. Sweet - Cherry. Little malty...but overall a bit disappointing.
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
NIce amber color,not much of an aroma except an initial candy cherry. Not much cherry in the flavor. At $8 a six,saver $$ and by a kriek.
Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 31, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. looks like apple juice with a nice off white head. not much aroma, the cherries can barely be detected in the nose. taste was not what i was expecting, there might not be enough cherry taste to this, it is very understated. leaves an overly malty taste on finish. i think i’ll try the remainder with some east side dark i also have. i dont think it could hurt.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark amber color,small white head that had a decent hangtime.Malty caramel aroma with maybe a hint of hops in there somewhere.Nice flavor of mild malt and the cherry seems to be nicely balanced in there with it not getting to much in the way of the other flavors of hops and caramel.There is also a slight sour side coming through but not overly so.Nice brew that i could easily enjoy over this summer.Thanks to Nexxus for sending this fine brew my way.