tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Strong cherry aroma with notes of smoke and a strong spiciness and some detectable alcohol. Beautiful, bright, clear, copper coloured body is topped by a shy tan ring of head. Very strong alcohol and spices at first obliterate all thoughts of other flavours. Once the palate has acclimatized, fruitiness is apparent as well as a toasted malt character, though overall it is very sweet. Strong alcohol warming. Medium body is somewhat sticky with rather low carbonation. Bottle (trade Mar. 2005) sampled with asheft and Pitpit. Thanks, DocLock!
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright copper-amber colour. Cherryish, alcoholic aroma. Light "Belgian" yeast accents highlight this strong ale, complementing the husky malt character, hint of spices. The cherry seems more in the aroma than the palate, which is good because the taste is a little oversweet.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours out a deep ruby color with a slight off-white head and no lacing. Aroma is very full of cherries and little hints of honey. Nearing full bodied and smooth in mouthfeel. Alcohol is present throughout. Malt picks up in flavor about midway through. Decent. Novel.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured red with light amber hues with a thin off white head...smell is sweet with yeast honey and cherries...taste is crazy sweet with honey, cherries, and alcohol...this is good but really sweet...
BrockLanders (773) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper/red with small beige head. Aroma is nutmeg, over ripe cherry, alcoho, and some malted grainsl. Taste is medium sweet cherry, nutmeg, some butterscotch and caramel, finishing with definite alcohol warming. Medium-full body. Quite interesting, and one that I liked. Thanks DocLock and Cornboy!
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, from DocLock. a holiday brew with some kick! there is supposed to be cherries and chocolate in this one, but the only thing that comes through to me is the honey. a definite warming glow on the end of this big brew! not bad, just doesn’t seem very well balanced to my palate.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Alcohol, spice, and honey in nose. Nice mellow red color. Glows translucently. Taste is a muddled mes. Fakey cherry, chalky aftertaste, weak honey, malts of some sort, watery mouthfeel and alcohol warmth. Nothing meshes. Simply not very good.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish amber color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, sweet and spicy. Touch of alcohol. A medium bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, lots of cherry and caramel flavors. Nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice flavors as well. Very sweet tasting. Nice holiday beer. Touch of alcohol bite at 11%. A little thin tasting, but a nice tart cherry finish. Interesting beer. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish mahogony in color with a fast diminishing white head and a bit of lacing to boot. Sour fruits and honey sweetness in the aroma. Fruity(cherries and other sweet fruits) and slighty malty taste woven together with a warm alcohol taste. Thanks to Jim for sending this in our trade. Just wish I could get hold of it easier.
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: pours a deep golden honey color with hues of red. very tiny bubbles with almost not head. the aroma is mostly of sweet honey and sour cherries, with hints of other fruit that i cant really make out. maybe apple or pear with a little vanilla. this brings back memories of the siard falco (cheery ale brewed by czech monks). both are very unique beers. the flavors is very malty and honey like, though not as much cherry as i would have thought. there are hints of nutty chocolate in there somewhere. a little too sweet for me. hard to beleive there is 11% abv in there somewhere.