Illinest (14) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Seasonal, light cherry aroma, sweet, hint of chocalate, moderate malt, medium body, finishes light bitter, alcohol heavy, 50$ per case, we’ve had a few that were slightly skunked. quality control? Nice looking, nice smelling, nice tasting, too expensive to drink regularly, and you can’t get it year-round.
Re-rate. We emailed Troegs about the skunked beers and they are going to replace the entire case for us. Can’t say enough nice things about the company.
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - NOV 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
amber hue w/ off white head. aroma of cherry and fruits, a bit sweet, and whoa, 11%. can’t be right. very drinkable for that alcohol level.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Okay the color of the picture threw me off. A nice brown/amber color. Smells of bananas. A nice malty flavor with a hint of cherry.
dondk (28) - leetsdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber pour with little head. Variety of aromas and thin bodied. I found the after taste not to my liking, but it does linger with you for some time
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2005. Amber color with very little head. Smell had cherry, chocolate, honey and Belgian yeast. There were certainly elements of a tripel in the taste. Mouthfeel had a lot of cherry and was extremely smooth. The alcohol is hidden so well. Nice brew.
lamas (1457) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of goldtwins. From 2004, I believe. A hazy amber pour with a fizzy, small light-tan head. Crisp aroma of honey, cherries, candied sugar, alcohol and some wheatiness. Thin-bodied. A sweet honey body with some sour lemons and tangy cherries around the edges. A big warming alcohol finish. Hints of spices. A little medicinal and cough syrupy without the thick, syrupy body.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bonus from goldtwins
Pours an almost still reddish copper color. Tons of honey aromas. Sweet with cherry and honey flavors. Just a bit of toffee as well. Alcohol is present but really makes itself known in the aftertaste. I’d love to try a two year old bottle of this.
ElGaucho (2307) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at MilkmanDan’s tasting on 9/10/05. Subtle malty aroma with some smoke notes and dark fruit. Crystal clear amber body. Full flavored with a high alcohol profile. Caramel and toffee notes. Very nice and warming. Some smokiness carries forward to the palate. Doesn’t really taste like a winter brew, but you gotta like their label.
JK (5045) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very Belgian like; I would guess from the yeast. Powerful, sweet fruit flavors; a rather sweet beer. Some alcohol in the aroma. Very good.
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bronze to reddish brown with a medium white head. Smeels like cherries and hoensy and tastes like cherries and honey. The cherries taste sickeningly sweet sometimes. SOlid body, with medium texture and light carbonation. The finish is sweet then mettallic. I don’t like this style much and this is not one of the best I have had.