joeneugs (2138) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. This was the beer I was most excited about trying during my trip to PA. We drove two hours out of our way and it was well worth the trip (as was the brewpub experience). It pours very similar to the picture in the profile. I imagine this beer has remained consistent over the years. Beautiful deep red color with a small off white head. The aroma is decadent with cherry flesh and juice. Somewhat pie like, yet without any semblance of sugariness. The flavor is as good as it gets for a cherry beer. Fresh black cherry juice covers over any malt flavors. Hops are nonexistent. The only other thing I can pick up is a slight hint of spicy yeast esters, but only if you really concentrate. The body is very full and slightly syrupy as it warms. Carbonation is spot on. The finish is mildly puckering but not in a tart or sour way, more of a fruity way. I really loved this beer. Sheer cherry heaven. I dare say this is the best fruit beer I’ve had.
orangesol (451) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I just happened to be going to the Brewpub when they announced that this years batch was going on. Lucky me!! Served on-tap into a goblet.
A - Pours ruby red with a thick, creamy, one finger tall pink head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.
S - The aroma is very sweet. Smells of tart cherries, candied sugar, light spice, and some pie crust dryness toward the end. A bit dull at first but once it warmed up there is no doubt what is in this one.
T - Starts off with a nice dose of candied sweetness quickly being enveloped by the tart cherries that permeate every inch of this beer. Some vanilla, light spice, and graham cracker crust lend a bit of contrast but this one really is all about the cherries. Finish is a mix of dryness and candied sugar sweetness, lingering for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, dry, feel with plenty of lingering sweetness in the finish.
O - This truly is one of the best desert beers out there. It has so much rich flavor but it never gets to the point of being overwhelming. Easily one of the best fruit beers.
hrking (141) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow what an awesome surprise this one was. Pours a ruby red with nice little lace and a great tart cherry aroma. flavors are more of the same with cheery pie consistency of slightly tart cherries and I can even taste what seems like a little cinnamon .. very much like a New Glarus Belgian Red but a totally different beer being not as syrupy sweet as their cherry beer this one is a winner for sure..
hivemind (657) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Selins Grove Brewery with James, Andy and PJ. Somewhat heavy lacing and pours muddy. Appearance is dark and sedimentary with a reddish hue. Aroma is dark fruit; taste is more of the same. I get prunes right off the bat. James and Andy talk about graham cracker, but I don’t get that ... very earthy, if that counts. Great beer to talk about while you’re drinking. I filled a growler to take home to NY.
DiarmaidBHK (2266) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Pours cherry red from tap white an inch of white foam. Subtle cherry notes on the nose. The taste is more subtle and nuanced then I was expecting. They just tapped this so I think it has room to mature and deepen the flavors. It has a touch of sourness as you drink it which is nice. This stuff is deceptively strong. It doesn’t feel like 8% at all and the taste lingers so long that I swear it made a porter taste like a fruit beer. This beer is either touched by genius or cursed by a sort of satanic madness.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brew pub. Pours a red tinted dark brown. Very sour with strong fruity cherry flavor. Flavor is very fresh. Very sweet though not cloying or syrupy. Slightly tannic on the finish. Notes of cherry pits. Very enjoyable.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a growler into a pint glass. I was very excited to get this one. Carbonation is always a concern of mine when dealing with a growler, but not this time, carbonation of this beer is high high high. Beer is red in color and completely clear. The head is what and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks great.
Aroma is a little weak. The provider of the growler warned us that this one was weaker than the other one he had opened a month ago even though they were kept cold. I can detect some cherries in there though. Even diminished the aroma is good.
Beer has a medium to low body. Overall light tasting. Good cherry flavor, nice sourness overall to the beer. Some good citric qualities throughout. Drinkability is high (I could have taken down this entire growler myself) and mouthfeel is great. The carbonation helps to carry the sour notes throughout the palate. I would love to try this on draft sometime.
Serving type: growler
Koelschtrinker (8461) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Natürlicher Kirschantrunk, der von einer kräftigen Karbonisation begleitet wird. Eine herbe Nuance ist vorhanden, steht aber weit im Hintergrund. Die vorhandene Süße unterstützt das Kirscharoma, das deutlich im Vordergrund steht. Zum Ende gleicht das Bier schon fast Kirschsaft, es sind wenige andere Aromen vorhanden. Süßlich-vollmundiger Kirschnachgeschmack. Nett! 9/11/10/11//11
lushawn (2637) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
handbottle shared by phaleslu at pre-DLD bash. excited to try this, really appreciate peter. notes of sweet cherry pie and dusted cocoa. earthy. slight touch of cherry sourness. some light raisin and leather notes as well. pretty good!
phaleslu (4427) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. handbottle from VikingHammer- thanks a ton, Brad! Dated July 2010 on the label. Pours a cloudy plum-brownish-amber color with a big off-white head. Aroma of sweet cherries, caramel malts, brown sugar and syrup. A little one-dimensional on the nose. The flavor brings out some tartness to go along with the sweetness, but not a ton- nice balance of those two elements of the cherries, plus brown sugar, caramel malts, and syrup. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a syrupy, eventually sticky mouthfeel. Excellent cherry beer.