tfredvik (1463) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear, very deep red body with a brown hue. The head is a bit small, beige with some pink in the mix. Good lacing. Sweet fruity and strong aroma of sweet cherries, cherry pits and marzipan. The cherries are the main component of the strong flavour as well, but now with a more sour touch. Also bitter cherry pits and marzipan. Or maybe it’s bitter almonds and sweet cherry pits. Whatever. There is lots of sweetness in the taste, but it’s elegantly backed up by both a light bitterness and a firm touch of acidity. It’s full-bodied, creamy, and with a quite soft carbonation. A more-ish, drinkable, crisp and refreshing brew!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 19 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
DanielBrown (4164) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. Pours luvverly. Taste of artificial cherry syrup, gently leading to a stoney cherry acceptableness. A really acidic backdrop: acidic cream. Cannot believe this is 8.5%. Whoops. 11.30 on a Monday is perhaps not the right time for this. In any case I necked it. Wobbles between quite good musky, kriek and fairly sour Sour.
Cnesta (28) - grand prairie, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells and tastes of cherry vanilla and oak. Medium body. Very small cream head. Light carbonation. Dark cherry color. Very sweet taste
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
gam (3681) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small head dark red pour mild to medium carbonation aromas cherries of the sour type vanilla candy the flavours vanilla woody note of oak perfect the cherries are so good a mix with the oak flavour candy taste sugary grape note has a balance about very pleasant the finish decent tasting cherry ale with a good oak influence sweetness is good to balance out with the sour note goes down well
sjorsvdg (181) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Een heerlijke volle donkere kriek. Duidelijk echte kriekensmaak. Weinig schuim.
Davros (2448) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours dark red with a large head.
Aromas of cherry and marzipan. Smells like cherry wine.
Flavours include more cherry, marzipan and a very slight acidity. Pretty cloyingly sweet.
Cuso (6249) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with Douberd, many thanks Christos. Ruby color with thick off-white head. Strong sour cherry aroma with marzipan, malt. Taste starts initially with sour cherries, continues with marzipan, almonds and distinct sweetness in finish. Enjoyable beer.
arminjewell (8749) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at Buster’s on 28th, dark reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought big jammy cherry, tart berry, some slight oak into a bit of vinegar, slight medicinal note, touch of sour grain. Taste was a mix of tart fruit, big jammy and medicinal cherry, some slight oak and vanilla, finishing slightly tart. Overall good.
MrMeadMan (43) - Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great oakey, cherry filled aroma. Dark orange brown pour. A little bit sweet, the cherry flavor comes though and blends nicely with barrel aged oak flavors. Really tasty over all.
hawthorne00 (2939) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ruddy brown with a beige head that lasts. Aroma of sweet, slightly medicinal cherries and stones, marzipan. A little syrupy, low carbonation. Very sweet with just enough brooding sourness to make you annoyed there isn’t more. Lots of ripe cherry, some wood, vanilla, caramel. Sourness asserts itself a little at the end which is a little woody and stemmy too. The finish redeems it. Alcohol is not noticeable. Hard to rate in the "French dictation vs history essay" manner: I wish they’d made something a bit different but what it is has a lot going for it.