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RATINGS: 1038   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2004
On tap. Poured a darker amber color with a small off white head. Aromas and tastes of cherries, fruits and spices (just as the description says). Lightly sweet. Alcohol well hidden. Not that bad of a beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Clear amber red color with a nice full white head. The aroma is fruity and sweet. Cherries and a nice sourness. The biggest flavor is a sour fruityness from the cherries. Tangyness and some spicyness. Medium body hides the alcohol well. Thanks to DocLock.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Amber/burnt orange pour and dusky but fluffy white head. Fruity, syrupy aroma of cherries, maple and brown sugar. Flavor not as fruity as the aroma suggested with some spiciness sneaking into the finish. In fact, I found that the finish really made the beer and I enjoyed it more and more. Because the flavor wasn’t overwhelmed with spice (especially traditional holiday ale spices, I could enjoy this beer year round - it would also make for a nice summer beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2004
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium tawny amber with a slight off-white head. Tart, fruity aroma. Cherry flavor with definite wheat notes. You can taste the Belgian influence on this one. Overall, definitely not what I expected. As expensive as it was, it definitely wasn’t worth it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours an amber/red color, clear, with an off-white head. Aroma is honey, caramel, fruits, spices and some alcohol too (actually better hidden in the taste). Flavor starts sweet with honey and fruits (cherry is there but not overwhelmingly) some spicy notes (mostly pepper) and a dry alcohol finish. The carbonation is a bit too lively for me though, kind of rough. Still, a good pick for the holiday season.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Tap, Andy’s: Poured brown-red. Aroma of caramel-honey and cherries. Nice head that is hanging around. Big malty flavor with caramel hints and a small alcohol hint. Finished nice as it warmed. Nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2004
#700. Amber-red color, mild cherry nose. Nice fruity taste that is somewhat sour and dusty tasting. Has some caramel and honey as well, alcohol hidden. Thanks Drew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Clear reddish copper, no head..hoppy,,in my notes i wrote sweeet..so im not quite sure if i meant sweet or just that this beer was sweeeeeeeeeet. Damn i gotta enter these things sooner.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2004
there’s definitely a belgian-like quality here. this is delicious! fizzy pour, slightly spritzy mouthfeel. sweet, honey, cherry... slightly oily, butterscotch, and somewhat broccoli-like. thanks dorwart! this is excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Pours a clear reddish orange with a small off white head. Aroma of honey, spice, and fruit. Flavor starts fruity sweet but then fades to the background while the flavor becomes dominated by the spices which give a long finish. Medium bodied and smooth. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Thanks Cornboy


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