TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear reddith orange with a small bubbly head that went away quickly. Aroma of cherries, grapes, pine, yeast and honey. Flavors of the same with a general sweetness. Rather smooth and slightly creamy despite the well hidden abv.
desurfer (1257) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005. Pours a deep, lucid mahogany with a small film of a head. Aroma of tart cherries and some oakiness. Flavor is warm and rich, with a creamy chocolatey character. Somewhat sweet with the fruitiness more subdued than expected. No indication of the high ABV. Unique, pretty good winter warmer.
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a chestnut color with a small tan head that did not have good retention or lacing. The taste is sweet with banana, cherry, and spices being able to be detected. The 11% alcohol is very well hidden. This is a pretty good beer.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 and 2005. Nice looking, looks like Faygo redpop, but no Juggalo’s here. Nose is lots of cherries and a wee bit of malt. Taste is the same, somewhat tart, somewhat sweet. I like the 2005 better.
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one rubbed me the wrong way. Based on the ratings, the ale has a following and I really wanted to like it, but it came off as a mishmash of flavors not really headed in the right direction. Yes, I see and note the cherries and honey, but he alcohol is too present (hard to hide at 11%). Begs the question, why was this ale made? Glad I bought a sixpack, anybody want 5 elves?
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the First Annual Florida Ratebeer Gathering.
These ratings were taken from one day of about 60 different tastings all were good and all have blended together but I know I thoroughly enjoyed every one of them and none were bad.
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2005
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
mmm water. albeit sweet water. this may as well be a saranac. tatse like coors like with a more alcohol and a lil honey added
Pailhead (5801) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: ’05 vintage courtesy of Cornboy via trade. Aroma of cherry, light banana, yeast, and a hint of spice. Aroma comes across like a triple brewed with cherries. Pours a transparent amber with an insignificant off-white head. Honey and banana up front. Honey fades extremely quick and banana lasts just long enough to mingle with some light tart cherry in the finish before it fades as well. Light spice in the finish with a hint of alcohol warmth and yeast. Mild flowery bitterness. I’m not getting the huge alcohol profile that others seem to get.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5658) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a chestnut color with a very small tan head. The aroma is sweet and vaguely fruity - mostly cherry. The flavor is light cherry , caramel and light spices. The finish is dry cherry.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Side by side 2003 and 2005 tasting. Clarkvv and axilla provided. Clarkvv mixed up the bottles so it was a guess as to wich was wich until tasted. Both poured a redish orange fizzy color with a white diminishing fizzy head. Both smelled of sweet cherries, light caramel. What was determined to be the 03, was a light body, pleasent fizzy mouthfeel, tastes of sweet caramel and cherries again, some other random berry like fruits and a light bitterness in the end. The 05 had a slightly more syrupy feel with a little bit more tartness to it. Both were actually quite tasty and I believe that about a year aging of this would be perfect.