Hanuta06 (240) - Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: four ounce sampler from tap at The Beer Junction.
Aroma: light cherry aroma.
Appearance: small, frothy, light-brown, initial head with fair lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Dark brown/black body.
Taste: heavily sweet, cherry initial flavor and heavily sweet finish with average duration.
Palate: light body, creamy texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: really interesting taste--it reminded me of a rich, dark-chocolate, cherry-filled candy . . . or cough syrup. I think it would be difficult to finish more than a four ounce sampler due to the heavy sweetness. I would, however, try it again.
downender (5624) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle that a friend was happy to offload on to me. Near black with no head and plenty of fizz. Sweet and quite heavy with plenty of black cherry and milk chocolate, before a relatively gentle finish. Not a session beer by any means, but ok as a one-off.
dlovell2 (464) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Came in Holiday mix pack. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of cherry cordial. Dark chocolate flavor then cherry flavor. I didn’t expect to like this but I was surprised and really liked. This is a unique brew.
HighlanderOne (934) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bottle. Great aroma of cocoa and cherry. Stout black with slight head. To quote the Kinks - ’tastes just like cherry cola’. But also has chocolate malt notes. Feels too much like soda too. It is tasty, and that saves this from being a mess.
Sammer (966) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark pour from bottle. Taste is malt, cherries, charred wood and smoke. Balanced and very decent.
dmac (3525) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle thanks to jcwatts, thanks John. Poured a medium density dark black body under a small to average creamy beige head. Aroma starts off as cherry soda and then dusty chocolate picks up, toast, cherry juice. Medium body that is creamy with stronger carbonation. Flavor of chocolate, cherry juice, well done toast, grains, cereal, dry chocolate cake. Interesting beer.
MattH (578) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Christmas Twelve Pack. Dark brownish ruby pour. Strong aroma of cherry and cocoa nibs. Flavor is chocolate, light cherry, and light bitterness. Body is light.
ESPh (8) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Reminds me of cough syrup. Unfortunate that this was included in the Holiday Classics instead of the Holiday Porter.
PhatB420 (531) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip. Pours a super dark mocha black with a tan head that lingers around and subsides into multiple directions. Aroma is sweet cherry, cherry coke, sweet candy, sweet chocolate and faint malts. Taste is cherry, nice bountiful cherries ready to enjoy, the soda jolt as well. The fruit dominates the beer really, but is enjoyable as it does not burn the pallate too much with the bock pestering in the backbone. Carbination is mild and fullfiling, mouthfeel is medium and striaght through. I thought this one would dull fast but it maintains the cherry presence nicely, perfect for the mix pack and the holidays. Nice.
Fratto (2443) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Kroger. Dark pour with a big brown head. Aroma and taste are the same. Cheap Cherry Cordials with some roasted malt and booze.
PorterPounder (4941) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trade with Aurelius - thanks! Dark brown pour, thin khaki colored head. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries, a hint of potting soil. Flavor is sweet with some nice cherry accents, some milk chocolate goodness, a touch of red licorice in the back end. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Enjoyable in small doses. Could get cloying in large doses.