Lukaduke (2195) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2013 On draft at Nosh for brewers showcase... Pours a muddy opaque brown with a two finger tan head. Soft aromas of chocolate, fresh hops and the slight hint of fruity esters. On the palate it balances out nicely with rich chocolate, earthy malts that fall into a slightly bitter hoppy fruit finish... definitely wouldn’t detect cranberries per say but I definitely taste some dark sour fruit coming through in underneath the rounded malts.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of malt, roast, chocolate-covered cherries, and a hint of cranberry. Poured very dark brown/ruby/very deep orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan/brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, slight coffee, and a hint of lactose. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, slight coffee finish is lightly bitter. No cranberry in the flavor. 7.8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a goblet.
Pours near black with a short off white head and just a bit of lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries a fair amount of roast along with a touch of ash and chocolate. Somee slight cranberry character in the background as well.
The flavor has a bit more cranberry and just a bit of fruity tartness in the background. The base roast lapt carries the day. Medium body with good fruit and just a bit of tartness. Nice carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Pretty good.