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RATINGS: 1039   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3557) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Neutral fruity hops, pears and apples. Honey and vanilla. Carmel malts, light brown sugar, oak. Reddish amber clear, with thin head. Heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Starts with nice malty sweetness. Caramel and brown sugar, toffee and honey. Mild fruity and carbonic acidity. Finish is fruity and sweet, with some vanilla and oak. Mild bitter hops at finish. Nice rounded fruity finish and after. Mild alcohol warming.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (2997) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Now this had the character that Old Fezziwig was missing. Beautiful red color that catches the light nicely with a smallish white head. A good bit of bubblegum in the aroma, a touch of clove (yeast or spice?), coriander, peppery alcohol and a touch of malt. The flavor carries on with a little less complexity than the aroma, but with just a touch of cherries. 11%? I couldn’t tell. Fun beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Foxbush (1219) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2005
This was purchased as a Christmas season ale. It poured with absolutely no head. The color was a rich amber. The flavor was of Beligan Ales. I found it difficult to drink. I would not purchase again. It is not my style for beer. I did not taste the cherries.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2005
"RRREEEEOOoOHhhGGHHH" - The Mad Elf. Not crazy mad, I think he’s angry mad. Probably because he had to un-decorate the Christmas tree and haul it out to the curb today - those stupid pine needles hurt! I’ll start off by saying that I was a bit disappointed in the palate - even when warmed to almost room temp, it seemed thin. Everything else was big here - nice sweet aroma, taste was full of chocolate covered cherries with a slight hint of alcohol, bright red/orange body, medium head and excellent lacing. But it all went away so quick - just like the holidays. I think I’ll buy a few extra bottles next year to age them.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4364) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Dark red color with a thin head. Very dry cherry aroma and taste. It reminded me of a kriek. A little on the syrupy side and lacking depth, but still decently tasty.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
merlin1124 (1) - Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2004 does not count
The best beer I have ever tasted. Though you must be careful how large a sip you take as it can floor you quickly.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
2003 bottle. Pours a beautiful, clear, garnet brown color with a small off-white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is rich and fruity with the cherries and dark malts evident adding up to a candy like nose along with sweet bread notes as well. Flavor is also sweet and fruity, apricots and dark malts with an unfortunate slightly cough syrupy character from the sweet fruityness and high alcohol content. Mouthfeel is full and round, smooth with a light carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2004
12.15.04 12oz bottle. The bright red-orange of a sunrise with a matching head that quickly fades. Strong alcohol and spice on the nose,rummy fruitcake, but I just don’t get the cherry. Flavors are more spice, nutmeg, fresh red bell pepper, jammy, candied fruits. I really have to search to find the cherry. Lively but never light. Strong alcohol throughout that wanes as it numbs, spiciness persists.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7722) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 Small, dwindling orangey head over red-amber beer, coloured as orange juice aged in wood. Chalk, very fruity nose, varnish, some alcohol - and maybe some fusels. Spicey, fruity, fruit-cake or fruit tart like, roasted malts, vinous surrounding with ethanol and higher alcohols. Flavour of some fortified berrywine, estery, vinous, always fruity. Quite dry, medium bodied, little alcoholburn. Nice beer, fruity and discreet despite its potence, I wonder about its alleged heavy sweetness. It isn’t. Big thanks to Cornelia Corey!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Pours a brownish/read color with a very little white lacing. Strong choclate and cherry flavors. I really expected a lot more of an alcohol taste but it’s not bad. Definately a tasty ale.


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