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RATINGS: 1052   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 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 (1021) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Secret Santa beer #1 sent to me by Jason (Dorwart). Deep clear orange body, quickly dissipating light tan head (though the beer is highly carbonated). Strong caramel aroma, bready and fruity with hints of honey, tart cherry acidity, and alcohol. Tart cherries hit the front of the tongue but quickly subside to piercing caramels and musty fruits. As the beer warms it really begins to resemble a Belgian Tripel with a big fruity, spicy middle finishing with banana and clove esters. Viscosity increases as the beer warms. A pretty tasty beer but the palate was a bit rough, but that’s no surprise considering my bottle was "young."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 Pours a dark amber with short head and lacing that fades quickly Beautiful aroma of fruity cherries, caramel and honey.Tastes of honey, fruits and some chocolate. Medium-bodied, this is decent stuff and good for the holiday season.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinacat1000 (2) - Knox, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004 does not count
Was expecting a bigger beer, but it took two glasses to fully appreciate the complexity of it. Pours nicely with medium sized bubbles which dissipate over a period of minutes. Spicy aroma with hints of fruit. Taste first reveals the yeast, malt, then the hops. Initial impression of yeast was of a pilsner or hefeweizen, which then lead to a toasty malty feel. You can taste the back end of the hops and a hint of alcohol as it goes down with a sparkle. Nice beer, but a little overpriced.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle: Bright ruby amber color with a thin, quickly fading white head. Slightly spicy aroma, has yeast, alchol, honey, cherries. Taste has some apple, mild cherry, alcohol, spices, pepper, and a tiny bit of chocolate and grains. Thin, oily, slick body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Thin head which reduced very quickly. Almost no carbonation. Yeasty and spicey aroma. Bit of dark fruit. Aroma actually reminds me of a belgian ale. Color is a nice dark orange. Flavor is a little weak. Some fruit and spices. Hides its alcohol very well. Slight warming from the alcohol. Pretty sweet but not too bad. Finish is slightly oily and leaves a coating in the mouth. An ok brew but I was hoping an expecting more from this $14 a six pack brew. I am really not impressed with this brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 A lovely ale. The aroma is that of an alcoholic cherry soda. Tastes sublime starting out sweet and rounding out nicely into a most definitive alcoholic finish. I really enjoyed this beer and trust my remaining bottles will keep me plenty warm this coming winter.


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