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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at home.
Attractive candy apple red colour with a faint off white collar. Slightly soapy on the nose and very artificially sweet. Nice enough flavour straight down the line cherries with hints of cinnamon and a slight herbal feel. Basic but ok.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9532) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2009
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear ruby red with a lasting pink head. Aromas of cherry, bread, vanilla and a hint of oak. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cherry, spice, light vanilla and light oak with a smooth lightly tart lingering spiced cherry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (1909) - New York, USA - DEC 1, 2009
A bottle. A light red hue with a quickly fading pinkish head. Aroma had mostly a acid fruit note to it crossed with a subtle alcohol and bread note. Flavor was nicely balaclava between tart cherry notes and bread notes. Carbonation was a little on the fizzy side, not negatively, but otherwise the palate was smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2009
I bought this because I am a sucker for fancy packaging - fizzy red beer - zero head or lacing - tart cherry aroma, with some light notes of vanilla, which I’m assuming is from the oak, some grainy/wheaty notes - not much else happening there - medium body, light flavor - flavor is medium-tart, with some earthy/natural sour cherry flavors, notes of toasted cereal grains, wheat - the oak is present, but very subtle, and it actually compliments the cherry character quite well - very mild christmas-y spices underneath, especially as it warms - fairly tart and refreshing, but there is a certain depth missing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
moose85uofa (26) - Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Can only be purchased at the Sam Adams Brewery. Very rich in cherry flavor yet not too sweet. A smooth, medium body with a very tart aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2348) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Sampled during over night trip to Mass. Thin pour with a brown/bronze appearence. Off white head and big aroma of Black Cherry. A tart finish but not over bearing and as always the barrel adds to the taste.


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