mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2002
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I have liked this beer in past years, but this year it seems to have gone downhill. It had a tiny head that soon dissipated and had a hazy orange color in the glass. The aroma was pure cherries, no hops, malt or alcohol that I could detect. Now for the taste (and this is where it went downhill in my opinion). It was lightly carbonated and had a slight taste of cherries. It wasn’t over powering, however it was the only flavor I tasted. Then there was this horrible bitter taste at the end. It wasn’t anything like a hoppy finish, it was a rotten type sour taste, like something went bad in the beer. It wasn’t very pleasant and wasn’t anything I have experienced in the past from Sam Adams. Usually the beers are pretty consistant from Sam. Maybe I just got a bad batch. Maybe I’ll try it again next year, if I can get this horrible aftertaste out of my mouth by then.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has varied over the years, and at its best is essentially an American Wheat augmented with cherries, at its worst a bizarre unbalanced mess. The color is nice, usually.
qbird599 (1) - USA - AUG 2, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
this is a great beer. Its real smooth and it goes down easy. you can taste the diversity of the flavors with an excellnt finish of cherry
sethatuml (38) - USA - AUG 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This years batch tastes more like cherries than in years past. Very nice change from the norm.
edfabry99 (6) - Phila., Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2002 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
nice clean taste, goes down easy
benzim (36) - USA - JUL 30, 2002
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Who let their cherry popsicle melt in my beer?
Artificial cherry syrup taste with a very weak tasting beer. Not dry or crisp to my palate, just bland. I’m not crazy about fruit beers, but I’ve had some good Belgian ones. This was just bad.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2002
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Good Smell, Good Idea, no so good beer.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Too much cherry, its supposed to accent the beer not make it taste like beer flavored cherry cough syrup
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2002
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Disgusting cough medicine taste. Doesn’t seem as quality as cherry beers from micros. I’ll never drink this one again.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this beer!!! One of my facorites. Strong cherry flavor. Goes excellent with food. A very good alternative to the Christmas beers during the holiday season.