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RATINGS: 1082   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast , this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the character of this Ale.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Poured a chestnut color with a small tan head that did not have good retention or lacing. The taste is sweet with banana, cherry, and spices being able to be detected. The 11% alcohol is very well hidden. This is a pretty good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2005
2003 and 2005. Nice looking, looks like Faygo redpop, but no Juggalo’s here. Nose is lots of cherries and a wee bit of malt. Taste is the same, somewhat tart, somewhat sweet. I like the 2005 better.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Holdwine (1082) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2005
This one rubbed me the wrong way. Based on the ratings, the ale has a following and I really wanted to like it, but it came off as a mishmash of flavors not really headed in the right direction. Yes, I see and note the cherries and honey, but he alcohol is too present (hard to hide at 11%). Begs the question, why was this ale made? Glad I bought a sixpack, anybody want 5 elves?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Bottle shared at the First Annual Florida Ratebeer Gathering. These ratings were taken from one day of about 60 different tastings all were good and all have blended together but I know I thoroughly enjoyed every one of them and none were bad.

2.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2005
mmm water. albeit sweet water. this may as well be a saranac. tatse like coors like with a more alcohol and a lil honey added

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5066) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle: ’05 vintage courtesy of Cornboy via trade. Aroma of cherry, light banana, yeast, and a hint of spice. Aroma comes across like a triple brewed with cherries. Pours a transparent amber with an insignificant off-white head. Honey and banana up front. Honey fades extremely quick and banana lasts just long enough to mingle with some light tart cherry in the finish before it fades as well. Light spice in the finish with a hint of alcohol warmth and yeast. Mild flowery bitterness. I’m not getting the huge alcohol profile that others seem to get.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a chestnut color with a very small tan head. The aroma is sweet and vaguely fruity - mostly cherry. The flavor is light cherry , caramel and light spices. The finish is dry cherry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 29, 2005
12oz bottle. Side by side 2003 and 2005 tasting. Clarkvv and axilla provided. Clarkvv mixed up the bottles so it was a guess as to wich was wich until tasted. Both poured a redish orange fizzy color with a white diminishing fizzy head. Both smelled of sweet cherries, light caramel. What was determined to be the 03, was a light body, pleasent fizzy mouthfeel, tastes of sweet caramel and cherries again, some other random berry like fruits and a light bitterness in the end. The 05 had a slightly more syrupy feel with a little bit more tartness to it. Both were actually quite tasty and I believe that about a year aging of this would be perfect.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CJfromPhilly (138) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Poured from the bottle a rusty reddish-brown with very little head that quickly dissolved to light lacing on the top & edges. Light carbonation, just a few bubbles rising in the glass. There’s a dry maltiness/fruitiness in the aroma. Taste is initially of dry, chocolate covered cherries with malt & a touch of honey on the finish. Mouthfeel is lively & bubbly. I get pretty much NO hint of this clocking in at 11% abv, no alcohol burning or bitterness. This could sneak up & bite you if you’re not careful. Overall, a nice winter warmer, well worth the wait, and a nice addition to the holiday tradition. BTW, for those of you complaining about the price, $38.99 @ Total Wine & More in Claymont, DE. Get there anyway you can while they last!!!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Think big heavy cherries like large cojones. big ol cherry chocolate lozenge of love sliding down your holiday ale-ienated throat. sipping and sizzling and wondering... what’s next? anothe gulp of mad elf. sparkling, sits in the mouth firmly and assertively, four flavors holding togethe rin a critical equilibruim, never pulling too far apart, but each stating its wonderful self inside your grateful mouth. 12/21/05: Had it on Draught. It’s reddish brown, not the red fruit punch in the photo. smells like vegetable and acidic. Tastes fruity, juicy, jolly, slightly herbal. Alcohol shows through but is balanced nicely.


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