Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #3299, bought at the brewery in Boston, Ma.
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a over sized wine glass.
The color is a dark, clear red with a finger or two reddish foamy head with some nice lacing.
The smell is a filled with a sugary hoppy flavor, giving off some other hints of sweet and tart fruit.
The taste is a dark cherry flavor. It has a sugary fruit juice flavor with a small hop flavor that is almost hidden.
The feel is pretty light and is real easy going down. This beer would make for a really good pairing beer with food. It has a great light welcoming flavor and feel it would be a good gateway beer for those new to barrel aged beers.
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of cherry and malt. Pours pink in color, almost like a wine cooler. Was surprisingly tasty though. Not too sweet. Very enjoyable.
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice-looking strawberry-red hue. Soft texture on the tongue. Mild bitterness. Cherries come through nicely in the background, but I was hoping for a bolder tartness. Other fruity characteristics, such as raspberry. Alcohol gently warms the throat. Vanilla aromas. Oak was way in the background. Overall, the beer was decent, though the sweetness became a bit much toward the end of the bottle. Great for a dessert beer, and I think it’d go great with plain cheesecake.
thornecb (4398) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby into a tumbler. Light pink micro head with excellent retention leaves slight sheets. Oak and cherry funk. Sharp marshmallow and oak upfront turning slightly tart in the dry, lasting cherry pit finish.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a rather bright red with a thick dense head. In the nose there are some sweet black cherries followed by a bit of sweet sugar. The aroma is a little reminiscent of their cherry wheat. Initially, it’s sweet cherries coming through with a slight tartness to it. Some interesting cereal grains come through in the finish. The finish is long with the sugars and sweetness becoming overly powerful. This beer is just too sweet.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Ratman197 (9808) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
crazyvin (1940) - New York, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
notalush (4853) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
moose85uofa (26) - Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.