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RATINGS: 1136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csuders (30) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2006
A great holiday party beer. It looks great with a bright red color and a small head. I has a great flavor, not too hoppy, but very fruity and sweet. It has a fairly high alcohol content, but it doesn’t taste like it. A couple of these will catch up with you!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Nice amver color, small head. Light cherry nose. Marcipan and cherry taste with a light alcohol taste coming up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2647) - GERMANY - MAY 27, 2006
Light berry nose, ruddy pale amber color, low tight head. Honey sweet malt, fruity and berry notes. Light spice end. Thin body for such a big beer. Smooth. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Clear reddish/copper with a weak white head. Some notes of yeast, cherry, nutmeg, malt, alcohol. Medium body with a trace of syrup in the mouth. Starts off spicy and potent and then the fruit sweetness emerges towards the end. An interesting beer.

3.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 25, 2006
Lots of alcohol punch, though it tastes like 8% instead of the 11% it truly is. Wayyy too strong for my tastes, though I can appreciate the craft brewing here. Cherries? I don’t taste ’em. Honey? I don’t taste it either. Though if you read the label, they’re supposedly in there somewhere. The chocolate malt is fantastic, though - there’s tons of it. If you took out half the alcohol, I’d LOVE this beer. In many ways, this beer is reminiscent of a barleywine in its flatness and taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours a bronze like reddish color, decent head. Aroma of sweetness and cherries. Flavor is also sweet, carbonated, and fruit. Very smooth, one of my favorites.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6918) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2006
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear orange-amber with an average size diminishing off-white head. Mild aroma of malt, a faint hint of cherries and alcohol. The cherries came through more in the flavour for me along with a good amount of malt, more fruit, some honey and a bit of spice. There is some alcohol but it’s pretty subtle for an 11% beer. Light bodied, a tad flat-ish. This is decent but nothing about it really knocks my socks off.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle via trade with Fyrecrakker05. Poured clear amber with an average foamy beige head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, light winder spices and tart cherry. Initially mild spicy light roast caramel malt, a little medicinal cherry, very faint floral hops, not much alcohol character for 11% - but the finish is slow and there’s a lot of fruity/yeasty and slightly woody alcohol in the finish - mouthfeel is a little watery, sticky, only lightly carbonated - overall this is a decent brew, packs a wallop, but I wish it had more oomph - either more spice or more bitterness to balance the sweet malt character.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1685) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2006
Bottle. Orange-red with a nice head. Aroma of malts and slight cherry. Malty with a slight cherry aftertaste. Slight Honey.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2006
Deep ruby. Large, frothy, off white head. Very light aroma of well rounded malt, sweet cherries, and alcohol. Same kind of flavor, the volume turned way down. Honey also detectable. Sweet, alcoholic finish. Up front the body is thin, but by the finish it is pretty big. Smooth throughout. Disappointing, flavor and aroma are timid.


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