Alpha10 (248) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013/12/05 - Pours a ruby-amber colour with a small, off white head that fades quickly and does not lace. Aroma is cherries, dark fruits, spices, yeast and slight chocolate. Taste is cherries, spices, biscuit malts, and booze. Leaves a sweet medicinal aftertaste, almost like cough syrup. Mouthfeel is medium with prickly carbonation. A nice tasting brew, but I find the aftertaste somewhat off putting.
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flyingzambonie (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I'm not sure what this "beer" is. All I get is a sickly sweet cherry cough syrup. Very slight malt. Almost no head. Couldn't finish half of it.
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vlan1 (126) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from fresh growler. Clear Red Ruby color with a thin dissipating head. Aroma of faint honey maltiness. Taste is solid malt backbone supported by mild honey and faint cherry notes. Also faint pepperiness from the yeast.
samsmith33 (298) - - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma Is honey, spice, Dr Pepper. Clear reddish brown color. Taste is sweet cherry, yeast, 11% alcohol is well masked.
Really good, although a bit sweet, and tough to drink more than one in a row.
pinkie (404) - New York, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a handsome deep amber with hues of copper and with a cherry blush. There is gold hue around the edges and even some orange like color. Yeast is floating around in suspension and the head is fat , tan and falls pretty quickly to a ring and film on top. It’s clear enough to see the individual particles of yeast that dapple the body of the beer. No real lace except a few spots.
The nose is dripping with honey. Raw and sweet it is the most prominent feature of the nose. It even smells a bit sugary. There is a smooth and soft yeast that promises a bit of earth and has just a faint touch of cedar wood. The cherries are ripe and sweet and the malt is soft on the nose except for a light candy sugar and hint at flaky biscuit. Bit of spice to tickle the nose. I really had to dive in but I detect a subtle bittersweet chocolate that is faint but an overall enhancement of the nose. There is a rose like floral on this that is perfection.
Taste is seamless and perfect like so many of troegs beers. The balance is impeccable. The yeast is soft and lends the drink softness. The malt is feather light as if it was tended with expert care and imparts a light cracker to the front end of the drink. The cherry and honey are equals not rivals and the cherry leaves a nice tartness mid palate in deference to the sweet rich honey. There is a bit of spice that entertains the back palate as much as seeing one or two snowflakes fall out of the sky entertains the eye. Nutty flavor in the middle rather than chocolate and that is pleasant and uplifting. The carbonation is fine so that you don’t notice it but it excites the tongue . This finishes with only a vague hint of medicinal alcohol that is quite remarkable to the perception of the finish. Dry but the mouth is watering. Slight gentle warmth from the alcohol.
What a fabulous beer. Drinks a lot like mead. It has a bit of stickiness in the mouthfeel that is wonderful and pleasant. The drink is bold yet refined. Troegs makes great beer.
ffaoe (177) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
slight cherry aroma, red in color with a good head. taste is complex, slightly cherry, slight malt, slight roasty. warm alcohol finish.
Jimsal27 (154) - New York, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Pours dark brown. Aromas of chocolate, cherry and spice. Taste sweet malt notes of cherry, chocolate, honey and spice. Really nice flavorful beer. Quite enjoyable. My favorite winter offering so far.
Saebom (6) - - NOV 28, 2013 does not count
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
reminds me a lot of a belgian ale. esters in the aroma. pleasing amber color. esters up front with a slightly hoppy finish. tart finish from cherries. nice body to the beer.
Erzengel (1738) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating from 2010: Gebraut mit Honig & Kirschen. Dunkelrote Farbe, alkoholisch-kirschige Note. Der Antrunk ist vollmundig-süßlich, aber deutlich alkoholisch. Frische süße Kirschen, dazu eine angenehme Gewürznote mit würzig-süßem Honigtouch zum Hauptteil hin. Der Hauptteil ist vollmundig-süßlich, wirkt aber leicht künstlich-kirschig (hat was von den roten kleinen Kirsch-Lollis), bleibt aber angenehm und die Alkoholnote ist nicht so auftragend und scharf, wie man es bei 11% erwarten könnte. Ich denke, die Süße kaschiert da einiges. Der Nachgeschmack ist lang anhaltend, leicht klebrig-süßlich, aber trotzdem angenehm malzig mit minimaler Herbe.
→ Ein sehr interessantes, aber auch leckeres Weihnachtsbier!! Vielen Dank an John für diese interessante Erfahrung! --> 12+12+13+13
sonnycheeba (2976) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish-brown with creamy off-white head. Aroma is bready and cookie malts, berries, plums, floral notes, and holiday spiciness. Flavor is chewy bready malts, mixed berry esters, light floral hop bitterness, light spices, and some caramel sweetness; dry finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.