Xenon (109) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I ended up liking this beer. Strong is an understatement. If I have more than one, I am spending the night lol Reddish tinge was a nice touch. Both the cherries and honey are noticeable. I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit... very fitting for the season. Smells very sweet, but captures that belgian taste like I love despite it being called an american strong ale. Fizzy, strong boozy mouthfeel and almost no bitterness.
solidfunk (4904) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Actually pretty decent. More like a Belgian strong than american. Pours hazy red with good head and lacing. Soft carbonation. Light sweet finish. Some prune here and a touch of candy. Tap at Giant.
floydslip (232) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany colored beer with a light pinkish foamy head. Boozy nose of alcohol, cherries, and sour spice. Flavor has a bit of sour cherry flavor, but is overpowered by an astringent alcohol burn that takes over your palate. Some spice comes through, but it’s hard to discern through the burn. Syrupy with some perky effervescence, this beer is decent, but definitely not worth the price.
dhatton (134) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing copper red body with a nice frothy white head. Fruity nose consists of bananas and dark berries with a pleasant maltiness to smooth out the sweetness. Sweet cherry flavor dominates the taste. Hints of holiday spice and honey are present. Sweet medicinal aspects tend to mask the booziness, although, the heat surfaces here and there. Finishes with a sweet tingly feel.
mnoud (292) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014.12.04 - on tap at Roasthouse Pub.
I had a bomber of this a few weeks ago and did not rate.
A little less than a braggot but close. Add just the right amount of a sweet cherry taste. This is a very tasty brew, the first from Troegs that has captured my attention.
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bgb1991 (127) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sticky sweet aroma, big belgian yeast aroma is the most prominent which gives it a bit of spice. Brown-Ruby red pour with a burnt caramel coloured head which doesnt stick around long. Not my cup of tea, a bit too sweet, bit too yeasty. Too much competing in this beer for the top spot.
rjmc64 (35) - Deer Park, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from growler from local BD. Pours an amber, cherry color with a thick head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is fruit, yeast and alcohol especially like cherries! Tastes nice and sweet. Lots of carbonation to push the cherry and fruit flavors. Finishes sweet and smooth especially for the high alcohol.
Hareball (8) - - DEC 1, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wasn't sure what to expect. It's a really pretty beer. Pours nice and red. The cherries add a nice taste, but after finishing, it's hard to get off the tongue. Not my bag, personally. But also not my favorite style.
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Maxbier (601) - Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby copper color with big tan head. Aroma is herbal yeasty (reminds me of a saison a little), as it warms up you get banana aromas too. Taste is malt, spice, herbs, creamy. Bittering is herbal. Finish has warming alcohol. Very winter-y. To me it’s what would happen if a barley wine and a saison had a child together.
UrbanCaveman (144) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.
A: Pours a clear red-amber, that reminds me of a good Vienna lager. Forms a nice three-finger head of foam that quickly collapses to a cap and thick ring, which leaves decent lacing. Appears to be highly carbonated.
S: Sweet cherries over caramel malt open the aroma, with other yeasty undertones appearing, such as banana and plum.
T: The sweetness from the nose is present, alongside a wallop of tartness. Fruit flavors abound through this beer, with the cherries being front and center, surrounded by some fig and plum along the sides through the middle, and a distinct hint of banana at the finish. There’s an alcohol heat that appears in spots as well, and a touch of spice flavor - clovey, not the usual winter beer suspects.
M: Sharp and prickly carbonation, this beer tries to bite back. Aside from that, it is a thin and light brew.
O: Not bad. I was honestly expecting a winter warmer when I picked this up, as opposed to a Belgian ale. I don’t know if I’ll repeat this one when it’s on shelves next to Trois Pistoles for a comparable price point, but it was a pleasant surprise.