beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 9/10/2010. This fruit beer pours a medium reddish color from a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, cherry and woody. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity and sweet, slightly tart cherry flavors. Hints of wood and oak mellow the sweet fruit flavors. The hops are herbal and floral. A mellow, smooth tasting beer. Nice carbonation. None of the flavors dominate or stand out. There is a touch of tartness from the cherries and a touch of tannins/oak from the barrel. Interesting beer, it is in no way a kriek, and I kind of wish that Boston Beer Company would not use the kreik and lambic names for beers that are arenít funky or sour, but I digress. This beer is really working for me as a fruit beer. Was kind of surprised to find a bottle of the barrel-aged series here in Colorado. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and oaky.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Dak. Pours cloudy maroon with almost no head. The nose is light spice and fruit. The taste is fruit iced tea and light sour characteristics. Meh, ok I guess. Thanks for the opportunity to try it Dak!
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty cool light red color with a pretty thick white head. The aroma is cherry but more of a dry cherry with tartness and body over sweetness. Though the sweetness was there. Also the wood aroma is definatly adding to this. Blond beach wood that offsets the sweetness. Touch of alcohol note in the taste. This was a bit to sweet and little to much like a cherry lollipop but still good enough if you are plitting the bottle with a few friends so that you donít get tired fo it.
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dog Days of Summer Gathering, thanks growler.
copper color, light off-white.
aroma, cherry tartness is mild along with spotty trace of barrel.
flavors has some wild cherry tartness though staying mostly on the more syrupy side, barrel adds a mild tingly mouthfeel that overall remains weak for a fizzy carbonation.
A sub par version that could really have made better use of these black cherries. The cherry aspect is mild, leaning on the fake overly sweet side.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle, courtesy growler. Pouring clear, the body sports a dark reddish amber color with a thin, patchy film of beige-gray foam at the head. A wet, spotty wash rejoins the body, leaving no hard lace. Aromas are sweet and sticky, suggesting artificial maraschino cherry syrup or perhaps grenadine, along with artificial vanilla extract. Itís almost more soda-like that beer-like in composition. Flavors are the same, again overly saccharine and loaded with fake cherry syrup and, seemingly, something along the lines of high fructose corn syrup. Thereís not a noticeable hop within a mile of this stuff, as it completely lacks and sort of bittering balance. The palate is medium bodied and velvety, with a sort of airy, whipped consistency, finishing sticky and sweet. This stuff is pretty awful. Itís not that is tastes bad, per se, but it has none of the qualities that Iím looking for in a beer.
alobar (3458) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper-red color with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet cherry with a touch of tartness. Lots of cherry flavor with no noticeable oak or much else. Decent beer.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish copper pour. Aroma is pure cherries. Barely tart at all but fairly sweet. Cherry pie spicing. Not awful.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours pinkish-red with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet with heavy cherry and light oak. Pretty one dimensional and extremely sweet. I had higher hopes for this one but something tells me that some age will do it well. At least itís a start.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Is this a fruit beer or a cherry soda? The beer poured a pinkish-red color with an off-white head. The aroma was doughy with light cherry fruit. The flavor was fairly sweet with the taste of cherry.No tart or sour notes. just sweet. The body was light with a sweet candy cherry finish.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pink with a white head. Aroma is cherry and spices. Flavor is cherry jam, spices. Not much sourness, but the cherries are definitely well defined.