CLevar (377) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winterfest 11. From notes. Much prefered this to the normal Eye of the Storm, which I felt was overly floral and sweet. The tart cherries really pull this together. Pour is pink, not a ton of head or lacing. Cherries are very evident on the nose. Taste is of cherries, cinnamon (?), some floral honey, a bit of oak. Very nice. Slightly tart. A refreshing beer, both sweet and dry, and a hell of a unique treatment that really made a mediocre base beer (braggot?) turn out awesome!
arminjewell (5718) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winterfest ’11. Poured clear pink (literally pink!) with thin to no white head. Aroma had big notes of cherry, honey, floral notes, and some sweet biscuit. Taste is like a berry mead, with cherry mixing with the intense floral and sweet notes of the honey, finishing slightly dry from the aging, but mainly sweet. Delicious.
badgerben (4363) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Minnesota Winterfest 2011. Hazy orange color with a medium head. Strong raspberry and honey aroma. The clover honey character screams out in the flavor. It tastes like they added some straight to the keg. Light raspberry. Very sweet. Can’t even really taste the beer, more like a raspberry mead. Delicious.
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Being a huge fan of Eye of the Storm I was really looking forward to trying this. Extremely hazy orange/pink in color. Small pink head. Aroma is similar to Eye, with honey and vanilla, but with a strong cherry presence. Glad that the cherries don’t completely overpower the base beer aroma. Taste is pretty sweet with cherry flavors, and not as tart as I was hoping for. Every sip reminded me of eating Sun Maid dried tart cherries, which isn’t a bad thing, but not quite what I was hoping for.