Beerman6686 (5619) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, I cant believe I got to try this. This one poured a nice black color with a light tan head. Aroma was thick dark chocolate and sour tart cranberries... great contrast. Flavor was nice roasted malts, dark chocolate, finished with a naturla sweet and sour mix of fresh cranberries. This is some majorly complex stuff.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Immy on 07/18/2009. Dark brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet roasty and chocolate aroma with fruity notes. Sweet chocolate and roast flavor, with some fruity cranberry notes. Medium full body with mdoerate carbonation.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at John’s gathering. Poured a mahogany with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits mixed with some roasty coffee. Flavor is surprisingly acidic following the aroma (though not so much considering the addition of cranberries) with some flavors of light chocolate acidic fruit dominating. Overall some nice flavors but I was not really crazy for the acidity clashing from the sweeter roastier flavors that would otherwise have comprised the the bulk of the flavor profile if it had not been for the cranberries.
alexsdad06 (7449) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from a bottle shared by DalzAle @ DLD 09. Pours brown with a small beige head. The aroma had some roasted malt, but was more tart fruity than anything. The flavor was tart cranberry, moderately sweet, roast, and a bit acidic. The finsh was dry and tart. Medium bodied and was a nice surprise to sample.
TheBeerGod (5687) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Immy at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. This has 072 written on it from a paint pen. Not sure of the significance. Dark brown to near black pour. Opaque. Short tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, fruit, and light coffee. Taste is strong tart fruits (I found out after tasting this it was cranberry based), roasted malts, berry notes and chocolate covered cherries. Body tart, medium and slightly chewy with dense carbonation. Ends with more tart fruits, roasted malt, chocolate and berries. Nice!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Cletus for sharing. Pours a mahogany body with an of white head. Sweet honey nectar, coffee and a berry tartness, chewy and slightly tart. Nice brew.
zizzybalubba (1691) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Immy at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown (a BIG thanks to Immy for sharing this one). Very dark red pour. Aroma of chocolate and cranberries. Flavor is of coffee, dark chocolate, and tart cherries (I know they are cranberries but tart cherry is what comes through). This is an incredible beer. I tried it once at GABF in 2008 but I jumped at a second chance. Many thanks to Immy.
Allstar (33) - , Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Immy Backyard Throwdown. Pours a dark brown. Smell was a dark chocolate cherry. Awesome. Had a sweet taste of chocolate and fruit. Overall a great beer. I would have again.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 Pours dark brown with a sparse amount od carbonation. Smells of coffee, oaky, cranberries. Tastes of cranberries, oak, dry with a spicy finish.
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by Immy at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Thanks! Pours a murky orange color with a medium head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel and cherries. Taste is tart cherries, cocoa, toffee, cranberry and something milky. Lightly bitter and lightly tart. Full bodied.