JMerritt (1915) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red-amber with a medium-white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is first and foremost Bing cherries, followed by dark chocolate, some cinnamon and subtle spiciness reminiscent of ginger. Further sniffs detect baking spices and almonds. A very complex and delicious aroma. Flavor is initially grainy - light wheat and hay - quickly followed by "light" dark cocoa and subtle cherry sweetness. Finish actually has the most cherriness - a lightly tart sweetness - of the whole flavor profile. Dry, alcoholic finish. Mild-to-moderately carbonated. I ’m going against the grain and giving this very favorable marks, as I found it quite enjoyable.
dwyerpg (5087) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this smells like Cherry Twizzler. This is strange. Has some cherry in the flavor as well; somehow seems more like an ale than a lager. Odd.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. From notes. First off, I tried this for the first time due to a trade for secret krampus. The bottle that John brought to rbsg was quite a bit different. For a bottle that was around 8 years old, this held up very well. A little oxidized but my god, this was still a great beer. Too bad it’s done, I would live to try this vs a fresh one.
scooterbub (936) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24 ounce bottle from 2007. Pours a murky amber- brown with a decent beige head that stays. Taste is of malt, cherries, chocolate and some alcohol. Has a nice sweetness to it. Aroma malt, chocolate, cherry and some alcohol. Very creamy and smooth. Easy to drink and rather enjoyable. Shame it isn’t more widely available.
Tmoney99 (12741) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bullet shaped bottle from Party Town. Poured reddish brown color with a large off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid dark cherry aroma. Moderate body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium spicy sweet cherry flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid seasonal beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet maraschino cherry and light caramel aroma. Fairly sweet maraschino cherry flavor, some graininess and a bit of caramel. Medium light body with moderate carbonation and a very sweet almost syrupy finish.
Leighton (16281) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared dulcet night during RBWG 2014 - Asheville. Huge thanks to Aaron for this whale. Vintage 2007. Pours mostly clear amber with a frothy topping. Moderately sugary, with notes of cherry candies. Quite rich, in its way. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very sweet on the finish, with some ripe cherries and a bit of bread. Solid. This one has held up well.
Dorwart (2482) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin white head of fine bubbles that recedes slowly. Soft bready malts with some light fruit and grains. Color is a nice orangeish red. Little bit sweet and malty. Light cherry flavor with some grainy straw and a bit of alcohol kick late swallow. The cherry flavor becomes more prominent as the brew warms. Finishes slick with a lingering light tartness. All in all a decent brew. Thanks Dan for sliding this my way.
ChainGangGuy (4655) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, cherry-esque body with a thin, wispy, white head.
Smell: Sweetish cherries, though a touch medicinal, with a background of grainy, pale maltiness.
Taste: Sweet dark cherries, like either sparkling cherry juice or, perhaps, a cherry-flavored soda. Some faroff hints of candied caramel malts. No hop flavors or real bitterness present. Again, it’s a bit medicinal, primarily on the finish, like they added a few drops of Robitussin in for good measure.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Fine, though it’d be a good bit better sans medicine. Nice bottle presention I must say, though not one you’d want to accidentally sit on.
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the ’Butter’s Last Supper’ tasting. 2007 artillery shell bottle. Pours a bright ruby red with ring of whit head. Nose of sweet untoasted cherry Poptart™, while unique, isn’t all that offensive. Flavor is cherry cough syrup, artificial and bready. Not as bad as I was expecting.