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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Samuel Adams American Kriek: The intense black cherry character in this beer comes from Balaton cherries, which were discovered in Hungary and are now grown in Michigan. These special cherries are prized for their depth of flavor. The tartness from the cherries is balanced by a rich, malty character with toasted oak notes added from the barrel aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
johnrob23 (7) - Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2010 does not count
toast, citrus, cough drop, amber, medium sweetness, light body, thin feel, lively, the cherry flavor was not quite as strong as some cough syrups I have had but it was rather pleasant and this kreik was light, this is one flavored beer I would recommened to a friend

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2010
750 ml bottle brought back to St. Louis by a buddy of mine who works for Sam Adams. Pours a cloudy orange-red color and a small, creamy off-white head. Aroma of sweet cherries, sweet caramel malts, faint oak, sugar, and toast. Flavor is also dominated by cherry and malt sweetness, with the oak notes taking more of a back seat. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Pretty cool but I would have liked a little more tartness or funk to the cherries instead of just sweetness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
damzz (391) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2010
OK, I graded this a 5. Well, it is. The aroma is cherries - totally and throughout. The head is slight off white and the lacing is minimal. The color is orange cherry. The taste is cherries with a sourness that is appropriate with a dry aftertaste. The malt comes through but it is attentuated by the cherries. It is beyond a doubt what it says to is an American Kriek. Perhaps the beer loving world needs a new category. Enjoyed in a rimless crystal wine glass on Boxing Day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CamdenD (1123) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2010
Extremely interesting and full-tasting beer. Cherries are rounded by the oak and the beer drinks nicely as an aperitivo or digestivo. Well done, again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2010
A clear garnet pour with lively carbonation and a two finger tan froth. The aroma is somewhat artificial cherry juice, acetic acid, dark fruit, and barrel. Very one dimensional. The flavor is light cherry juice and caramel malt- again, all very artificial. Thin palate with high effervescence and and semi dry finish. About what I expected I guess...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Pours deep red with thick pink head. Lots of cherry in the aroma along with lemon and a very slight mustiness. The flavor is crisp and fruity but sorely lacking in funk. Light bodied and the flavor does not linger. Very easy drinker which thankfully lacks the medicinal cherry flavor that other krieks sometimes carry. Overall, this lacks severely in depth and doesn’t compare to the Stony Brook Red.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2010
750 ml bottle from Mark. Brown/pinkish pour with a foamy eggshell colored head. Aroma is a nice tart cherry with a slight bit of oakiness. Flavor is very cherry forward but not overpowering... slightly tart. Finish is actually a bit refreshing... great beer for the price (I think it was only $8.99).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2490) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Pours a two fingered white/pink head that quickly fades to a ring, leaving no lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is almost clear red/amber. Tart cherry nose. Flavor is tart cherry, some sweetness. Clean, dry finish. Pricey at $11.25 for a caged and corked, black, 750ml bottle (#1030) from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish amber with a foamy beige head and a soapy cherry aroma. There is a little bit of cherry in the pale malt flavor and a hint of oak. Not too bad, but doesn’t taste much like a kriek. Nice bottle, nice label.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12951) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
750 c&c from Liquor Max. Pours med cherry red with a foamy pink/beige head. Aromas of fruit and oak. Med body/firm carb. Flavor is slightly sweet cherry and sour cherry pit. There’s also a sour aspect which could be oak. Last taste was slightly tart.

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