Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Secret Santa beer #1 sent to me by Jason (Dorwart). Deep clear orange body, quickly dissipating light tan head (though the beer is highly carbonated). Strong caramel aroma, bready and fruity with hints of honey, tart cherry acidity, and alcohol. Tart cherries hit the front of the tongue but quickly subside to piercing caramels and musty fruits. As the beer warms it really begins to resemble a Belgian Tripel with a big fruity, spicy middle finishing with banana and clove esters. Viscosity increases as the beer warms. A pretty tasty beer but the palate was a bit rough, but that’s no surprise considering my bottle was "young."
beerlover82 (215) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 Pours a dark amber with short head and lacing that fades quickly Beautiful aroma of fruity cherries, caramel and honey.Tastes of honey, fruits and some chocolate. Medium-bodied, this is decent stuff and good for the holiday season.
chinacat1000 (2) - Knox, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was expecting a bigger beer, but it took two glasses to fully appreciate the complexity of it. Pours nicely with medium sized bubbles which dissipate over a period of minutes. Spicy aroma with hints of fruit. Taste first reveals the yeast, malt, then the hops. Initial impression of yeast was of a pilsner or hefeweizen, which then lead to a toasty malty feel. You can taste the back end of the hops and a hint of alcohol as it goes down with a sparkle. Nice beer, but a little overpriced.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Bright ruby amber color with a thin, quickly fading white head. Slightly spicy aroma, has yeast, alchol, honey, cherries. Taste has some apple, mild cherry, alcohol, spices, pepper, and a tiny bit of chocolate and grains. Thin, oily, slick body.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin head which reduced very quickly. Almost no carbonation. Yeasty and spicey aroma. Bit of dark fruit. Aroma actually reminds me of a belgian ale. Color is a nice dark orange. Flavor is a little weak. Some fruit and spices. Hides its alcohol very well. Slight warming from the alcohol. Pretty sweet but not too bad. Finish is slightly oily and leaves a coating in the mouth. An ok brew but I was hoping an expecting more from this $14 a six pack brew. I am really not impressed with this brew.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 A lovely ale. The aroma is that of an alcoholic cherry soda. Tastes sublime starting out sweet and rounding out nicely into a most definitive alcoholic finish. I really enjoyed this beer and trust my remaining bottles will keep me plenty warm this coming winter.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Atomic Danny for popping in with a growler of this nectar. Very subtle fruit and spice notes - beer is exceptionally well balanced, and perfect for the winter season.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Bottle. Pours a very nice red color, with a tiny, large-bubbled head. Aroma is reminiscent of Cherry Coke with alchol and some yeasty notes thrown in. Excellent sweet cherry taste with a little warming. Subdued honey flavor. Excellent specialty brew.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks exactly like the picture ... maybe a bit darker. Aroma is a lovely blend of cherries and honey. Nice blend on the taste. More honey than cherry (which makes for a better beer). A little bit of a burnt aftertaste but that is probably the heavy alcohol content.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish amber body, little head. Cherries very present in the aroma. Tastes sweet and full, more cherries. The honey and alcohol come through in the aftertaste, although the burn is faint for 11%. Heavy and chewy on the tongue. Good stuff.