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 (9532) - 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 (1909) - 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 (4795) - 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.
MadIndian (2348) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.