jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A clear deep red. Full and rich cherry aroma. Thin head. Upfront you can taste the oaky/sour quality, this never leaves but is meshed with the wonderful malt and cherry flavors that are balanced incredibly. Complex as hell with some slight acidity to provide even more sweet-sour balance...damn, I wish I had another. A damn fine drink!
koenigj14 (3) - USA - APR 30, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff is great. Great mix of beer and wine. Hard to drink more than a six pack worth, to sweet on the stomach. Overall though very tasty.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think they bottled cherry juice with sugar for this one. Wonderful taste, nice carbonation, but where are the hops? grain? yeast accents? I am a little disappointed in that I like fruit flavor as a sidenote that doesn’t dominate the entire profile of the beer. Great stuff to drink, but not beer!
JoeM500 (1900) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2003 Massive cherry pie nose, sweet on the lips, some medicinal notes lurking underneath, long rich, cheww pie crust middle gives way to a long cherry, tangy, somewhat woodie and hoppy finish. One of a kind. near perfect beer.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice woody, cherry aroma. Lovely red color. Small, thick, creamy head adds to mouthfeel. Nice balance of sweet and sour cherry flavor, nicely thirst quenching. Enjoyable but too much cherry and not enough beer.
Suttree (4452) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 Re-rate, August 2004. Cloudy purplish red, thin pink head. Fantastic aroma of cherries - fresh, juicy cherries - with hint of citric tartness. Fresh cherry flavor, with hints of stone, then a cherry flavor, then maybe some lemon, then cherry, with hint of bitterness in the finish. Did I mantion some cherry flavor? Great beer, hard to imagine a fruit beer any better. Excellent.
legion242 (1999) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2002
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A beautiful red that shimmers; Head was thin to non-existent; What would you expect in the nose- Cherries. The tartness is too overwhelming. As much as I try and try to like these types of beers, I just can not f-ing get it. Fruit can be a nice addition to a beer, but perhaps, IMHO, shouldn’t be the foundation of a beer. Stouts with flavoring can be good, but what the heck was this before they added all the cherries? Puckered my lips almost in the fashion of a Carillon. The wife loved it though, so she got to finish off the bottle.
Kodos (200) - USA - MAR 9, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
WOW! This is excellent stuff! Big cherry/almond nose, nice head that diminishes quickly, flavor is serious sweet cherry, then the aftertaste hits with a chocolate/cherry bittersweetness. A little too much carbonation, but the best fruit beer ive had!
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2002
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Jeeesus Christ, it’s syruppy, almost like medicine. Why do they put beer in those big wine bottles, because if you’re not crazy about the beer, there sure is an awful lot left? In my case, it took me 3 days to drink ONE bottle of this stuff, so I wasn’t too crazy about it.
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW, this is an interesting beer. One pound or door county cherries in every large bottle makes this a unique cherry explosion. Give this one a chance if you can find it.