Velveeta99 (13) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A little too cherry-ish for me, although I can see the quality that went into this brew. Nice. I hear the brewery has a nice tour worth taking. Somewhat tart and a scary color.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I figured that I’d really like this stuff, since I love Door County cherries, I get some every summer. This stuff is the color of fresh cherry juice, amply carbonated, with a pinkish, champagne-y head. Pure, unadulterated cherry essence, both in smell and taste. There’s a delicate cinnamon flavor behind all that fruit, mixed in with hints of graham cracker. The quality of the ingredients and the brewing skill here is evident. This is how all fruit beers should be done. I’d like like a little more of the base malt to poke through, cause the wave of cherry sweetness can get a little overwhelming, especially at the end of the bottle. This would be great with black forest chocolate cake.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2002: Awseome tart cherry aroma, smells like a fresh cherry pie! Reddish-ornage colour with a pink head. Nice cherry flavour without being too sweet. Very nice!!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex nose of cherries & cinnamon. Beautiful fruity flavor. A great thirst quencher
PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2002: Well, I was underwhelmed by this one, despite its favoring. Strong maraschino cherry aroma and flavor. Sweet and nice, and fairly well balanced.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my 100th...YEA!!! Smells like Cherries...go figure. Not the best pure beer I have ever had, but one of the best drinks I have ever had, bar none!
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What an interesting and difficult to describe beer. A beautiful ruby colored beer with decent head. The aroma is CHERRIES! Whoa i knew it was a fruit beer but i didn’t expect this. The flavor is intensely cherry but just when it starts to become too much a blast of sour cuts in and adds a depth of complexity to the beer. Don’t think i could drink this everyday but it would be nice every now and again. I would like to age a bottle for awhile. I think i will....
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big Cherry Blast!!!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2003 Probably year old bottle.Hazy,dark cherry with a frothy,milky white,head.Great retintion and lacework.Aroma of cherries covered in sugar,slight woodiness.Palate is spritzy,properly thick,with a slight acidic tingle.Not as cold as usually drink this,tasting some cereal,flavor.Very hard to tell with all the cherry.Cherry pretty much dominates the tounge.Cherry skin like acidity toward finish is not overpowering.Finish has a hard to describe flavor,right now.Tastes earthy,dirty besides the obvious cherry lingering.As it warmed,the finish was smooth,nutty,with only slight cherry.Even though rating not to enthustiastic,one of my favorites.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2003 Rerate - Reddish brown color, hazy. Small to no head. Aroma is cherry and malt. WOW.. AND I DO MEAN WOW!! I had this beer several years ago, and while I had no notes on it. It tastes exactly the way I remembered it. Medium bodied. Intense cherry flavor, sweet, sour and tart. There is some malt sweetness as well as hop spiciness as well. Complex and intense flavors. Extremely smooth. Not very beer like, closest style might be a lambic?? But, who cares it tastes amazing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is clean and sweet. World class beer.
-------& this beer at the Oregon Brewers Festival several years ago. No notes on it, but I do remember it as one of the best beers I have ever tasted.