Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a ruby red pour with a finger of head, kind of hypnotizing purplish hue. a finger of head, not much lacing - but a beautiful color. smells of cherry, chocolate, bready caramel grain bill. the flavor is a bit medicinal.. lots of fruity, wheat bread, toasty, nutty, biscuity.. this is fantastic. full body, medium carbonation.. this hits you pretty hard right away. a heavy, true to the definition of winter warmer, this beer heats you up quick - heavy but delicious.
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jackl (5057) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ Johnny Brenda’s. Deep Amber with a small head. Nose is caramelized apples, fruity esters. Spice. Grain. Hot booziness. Similar flavors. Sliced apples, rich toffee. Hot finish.
orvalgold (21) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
so shocked that i have not reviewed this before. Its the epitome of the holidays especially in PA. the beers Belgian spiciness jumps out of the bottle once opened. the head never seems to hold up in this ruby amber colored ale. the aromatics are strongly spice driven with a beautiful sweetness from the malt and i am sure the honey. i believe the cherry notes come through as well but seem to back up the malt profile. big bright clean malt character with a zesty spiciness that melds with the med/high carbonation. the alcohol is well apparent but most often well deserved fighting the cold winter months away. at times a slight vanilla note will show up. This is certainly a beer i will always keep in the fridge during the holidays.
beersammich (58) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2015
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a nice dark amber color, with small head, carbonation seems fairly low. Smell is a very nice cherry and honey smell. Taste is sweet, in my opinion a little too sweet. Small hints of cherry and I found a warming alcohol finish. Not a bad beer, just not really my style.
I had from a bottle.
joecon (14) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A delicious beer. Amazing taste. Would not know that it was 11% alcohol. My wife and I actually detected a taste of bourbon. Good stuff!
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dfinney23 (1901) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive garnet red pour. Sweet and fruity, would benefit from a touch of bitter/sour/funk for balance.
jaggley (1) - - JAN 8, 2015 does not count
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
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GenDV138 (2000) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 oz pour on draft in a wine glass at B Side. Clear reddish amber with off-white head. Aromas of cherries, medicinal cough syrup, caramel, dark fruit. Tastes of cherries, dark fruit, booze, medicinal cough syrup. Medium body with a dry and syrupy finish.
merc7186 (2290) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Medicinal Cherry, Dark Fruit, Mild Honey
Appearance: Ruby Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing
Taste: Medicinal Cherry, Dark Fruit, Honey, Mildly Bitter Dark Chocolate
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
BeerdedDave (626) - - DEC 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark amber color; fruity aroma; a great, deceptively smooth (11%) ale brewed with honey and cherries; medium bodied, semi sweet malt with notes of cherries; a great winter ale
Joel (111) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2015 Reddish color. Mild aroma. Sweet with subtle fruit and spice. Finishes boozy and warming. High alcohol is deceptively hidden.