dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Matt7215 for this gem. Pours a nice mahogany with thick off-white head. Aroma obvious of cherries, dried fruits, some malt, and a little floral hops. Flavor is quite tart, decent bit of funk, a little wood, spices, slightly sweet, and vinegar. Finishes creamy and dry.
Johnsense (936) - - MAY 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown pour not unlike v8 fruit juices. No lacing. Slightly spicy woody aroma. Taste of oak, sour cherry and cinnamon. Low carb. Get past the fruit juice look to this beer and its not bad.
pfriesen (113) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky red brown with no lacing, cherry, cinnamon and oak come through in both flavour and aroma, low carbonation with sweet cider like mouhfeel.
Lubiere (10788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A murky reddish brown ale with cherry hue, and a thick moka head, collapsing rapidly. Aroma of sour lactic cherries, not unpleasant, similar to Liefmans Kriek, with light Epsom salts. In mouth, a sourish kriek with light cherries, butterscotch, lactic aids and cream. Not bad. Bottle from JesseM, June 2009, so about 9 months old. Thanks Jesse!
bvc (1179) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle shared by Scrizz. Ruby tinted brown with a light tan head. Some nutty notes with good cherry backing that I get some pit notes from. Well, I should go back to smelling it...at any rate the cherry comes through but it isn’t all that great. Some caramel malt and hints of the barrel with some twan to it. It smells pretty nice.
after4ever (6515) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. thanks, scrizzz! murky dark amber with caramel highlights. loose fizzy grayish film. tart cherry nose with cinnamon and wood showing. fizzy light body. tangy cherry, spice, and wood on the mid palate. mild woody finish.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Scrizz. Nose is of sour cherries, oak, and some of that powdered soap that’s in the rest stop bathroom... But not in a bad way... Weird. Dark red pour, lots of floaties. Tart cherries, oak, and some light soap. Sour is soft. Wood creates a dryness in ther finish. Decent stuff imo. Sharp carbonation.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle - thanks clint!! Dark reddish orange with slight haze and cream colored head; cherry purée and creamy malt; sharp, fresh cherry flavors; light bodied and pretty much a straight up cherry fruit beer
Gorbalev (2995) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Matt. Murky dark reddish brown with a small white head and suspended floaties - tons of ’em. Aroma of sour cherries, wet wood, and a hint of caramel. Taste - not bad. Lots of sourness up front mixed with lots of caramel malt sweetness. Vanilla from the oak as well is well integrated. A really woody finish with warming alcohol as well (bottle has it labeled as 6%). Yeah, this one really works after a few slow sips - there are a lot of pieces here and they just about come together - this could have gone seriously wrong, but it holds it together and produces one of the more interesting and challenging Ontario brews out there right now. Well done Nickel brook, this one is quite an interesting achievement!
bhensonb (12048) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from matt7215. Ok, nearly at the end of your beers, but my gratitude only increases. Pours a very reddish, hazy amber with a large frothy beige head. Aroma of reddish fruit. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. Flavor is cherry, mild funk, and something like cherry pit. Then it goes all oaky astringent. Oh. Bottle says oak aged. Finish is funky, oaky cherry, but not so strong my mouth can’t stand it. Bottom line: Do whatever you need to do to get this. It’s not a Belgian kriek, but it’s damn tasty. Arguably the issue is that the particular cherries are a bit sweeter than the sour Belgian.