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RATINGS: 1142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Bottle (Thanks argo0). Color is reddish, amber, with a small white disipating head. Strong cherries in aroma, with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is yeasty, and subdued cherry and honey. Has feel of belgian style fruity ale, but flavors don’t measure up to it.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a very clear, reddish-copper with no head at all. The aroma is sweet and alcoholic. Hints of honey and cherries are believable. This is, however, where my enjoyment ended. This has an overall watery body that finishes with a bit of syrupy mouth feel. The flavor is nothing like the aroma would suggest. Very light hints of nuts and fermented honey by products (not pleasant). Harsh alcohol is presence, not in mouth feel but flavor. Very disappointing. Oh well. Still glad I got to try it. Thanks xray.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Hard to believe the ABV on this one till you’re on your 3rd. Cherries dominate with just the slightest warming from the alcohol till just before the ’uh-oh’ point. So gorgeous in the glass even without a head. Much different from last year’s version, definitely sweeter with the cherries being more dominate. I’ll be laying a 6er down to see how it does next Christmas.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2005
the alcohol was well hidden on this one i would have figured 7%. It was mainly a honey presence on both taste and aroma which was good at first but then grew blander. could have used some more hops and more cherry tartness. amber hue and frothy off white head was a nice side.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 26, 2005
the color in the picture is deceveing. it is flat brown. I dont really taste any cherries, just heavy yeastiness. 11% and I cant taste it so its not all bad. can definitly taste the honey. I guess I was disapointed

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MattShizzle (588) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
OK. This beer is overrated in my opinion. Doesn’t taste so strong. Can’t even taste any cherry flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle. Beautiful deep red color with no head. Nose is roasty, toasty malt and dry, tart cherries. Flavor is a very fresh grainy malt, full and rich, with a hint of cherry and a wonderfully dry palate. Dry cherry aftertaste lingers. The alcohol is completely masked in flavor but provides a nice warmth throughout. I really enjoyed this one, a nice surprise!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle. Had this one on a Saturday visit to D’z Hot Dog Shop in Edgewood. Pours a red- amber with no head at all. They just got this one into the cooler, so I have great nose and taste. Sweet, spicy, malty, and great on both nose and flavor. Nice and thick with a perfect carbonation. Good beer. I’ll keep trying this one until I’ve had enough!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1604) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Reddish, but not ruby red. Aromas of cherries, then with the yeastiness of a tripel. Cherries and strawberries hit you, then dissipate with toffee and milk chocolate malts. Very clean. Honey with some cereal on the tongue, too. I have to say this is lighter than I expected for an 11 percent brew. Maybe a little sour as the glass grows shallow. I’m not disappointed, however, in the inventiveness and execution of this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11837) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 19, 2005
12-oz. bottle via trade with kramer17801. Pours copper with a small off-white head and falling lined lacing. Yeast wheat and malt, caramel, aroma with honey and berry (cherry) hop notes. Yeasty wheat honey and cherry flavor, caramel malt body. Medium and lightly fizzy palate, refreshing.


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