manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2010
I finally made it to the century club with my 100th rating. Anyway, I had this on draft at Founder’s brewpub. I had no expectations for this beer and was pleasantly surprised. A perfect blend of cherries and oak. I can’t say enough good things about Founder’s. Well done! wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Tasted on draft at Whole Foods Lincoln Park. Pours blood orange with a thin white head that, despite its size, displays excellent retention. The nose is sweet and tart cherry with the vanilla, coconut, and oak aromas of bourbon. The flavor is complex vanilla, coconut, cinnamon, and oak bourbon with the addition of fresh cherries. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long cherry and bourbon finish. I only have one question: Where was this delicious beer at FoBAB? esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2010
On tap at Founders brewpub. Cherry red with next to no head. Aroma is very tart with cherry, mild spices, fruit peels and alcohol. Somewhere between a fruit beer and a sour ale, and probably my favorite fruit beer out there. It’s mostly cherry and spices at first with a mouth puckering and tartness that I enjoy. After it warms up a bit the oak/varnish/tannins come into play. Pretty damn good. Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2010
On Draft at Founders. My wife ordered this and hated it. She was expecting a Lindemans or New Glarus type fruit beer and didn’t realize that this was barrel aged. So I drank most of it. The barrel aging really stands out in the aroma. The flavor is tart cherry with a strong barrel aged finish. An interesting combination that I’m unsure about, but I think they really hit what they were aiming for. pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Cherry red in color, clear with a nice white head that quickly dissipates. Sweet cherries in the nose, a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, short finish. Sweet cherry flavor and touch of alcohol warmth. Overall, it’s too much cherry and not enough beer.
Tmoney99 (14490) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Draft in snifter at Dilly Deli. Poured reddish brown color and an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart cherry fruit and sweet wood aroma. Medium body with with a smooth rich texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy tingly tart cherry flavor with a medium to heavy tart cherry and barrel finish of moderate to long duration. Refreshing complex change of pace standout fruit beer.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Had this on tap at a special Founders tasting at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. Served in a snifter glass. Pinkish, light red in color with light head. Aroma reminded me of bourbon flavored cherries. Compared to the Black Biscuit, the bourbon was a little more subtle, but still present. Definite cherry taste, but not so much as the Cerise, with maple and bourbon flavors toning down the cherry flavor a bit. Not as tart as you might expect from a cherry flavored beer, but a nice sweetness. Bourbon and cherry flavors linger for a rich finish. Certainly not a session beer, but surprisingly drinkable as the sweetness and cherry flavors were mellowed out a bit by the bourbon. I enjoyed a second glass
JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Growler sample at the Founders tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 2/11/10. Pours clear red with a medium pink head. Dank and winey nose with bourbon and cherry notes. Flavor is quite the departure from the nose, with lots of sweet cherry and bourbon coming through with a creamy finish. Tasty and waaaaay better than the non-barrel Cerise. vyvvy (6476) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Pours reddish-orange with a light haze and small white head. The aroma is initially bourbony, but subsequent whiffs give more cherry and maple sweetness & eventually everything blends to a unique rich cherry flavor. Medium / full body that starts smooth and silky with a good amount of prickly carbonation. The flavor starts with a smoothness from the bourbon, but that taste doesn’t overpower the rest. There are cherries with maple smoothing out the tartness and makes it quite rich. The finish has some phenolic spice and lingering maple cherry taste. Great unique beer experience. deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
On tap at Founders. Poured red with an orange hue and an off-white head. Aroma has a strong alcohol note with cherries, very cherries jubilees-esque. The sweet cherries combine well with the alcohol note, a bit of tartness towards the finish.