Strykzone (7659) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Sampled at Rories house. Brown red with a smallish beige head. Boozy. Lots of malts. This could use more fruit and raisins. Ernest (7822) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), with notes of brown sugar, sour fruit (apple peels, kumquat, spoiled OJ), cotton candy, grape taffy, bile, rubbing alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Sometimes I’m amazed at how thoroughly New Belgium has lost their way. This beer is one of those glaring examples of how far they have fallen...the nose is a cartoon of sickening artificial-candy odors and sugar and is about as Belgian as Ajak Chol. In the mouth, it’s goopy, syrupy sweet with a dirty aftertaste, absolutely wretched. One would like to think the brewers allowed their children to throw whatever candies they wanted into the tanks, but the truth is probably a lot less charming and forgivable. BigBeer45 (1565) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2013
22 oz. Bottle from Champanes,
this ale had a dark red pour with a faint haze with brown at the sides and top of the glass, and gave a two to three finger off-white head that recedes to a spotty cover of bubbled islands and sticky ring, the glass had a medium flow of bubbles in the center, and it left spots and small fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, there was no sediment in the bottle,
the nose had aromas of dark fruit – raisin, prune and date, toasted bread, some chocolate and alcohol spice, alcohol esters, dark fruit and brown sugar like sweetness, I did not notice any coffee on the nose, I do not know what aroma or characteristics coffee cherries would give to this beer,
it had flavors of dark fruit (the same as the nose), faint chocolate, malt sweetness, and alcohol esters,
I did not taste any coffee in this drink, I do not know if coffee cherries would give any coffee flavor,
the finish had some sweetness and alcohol that gave a little bitterness and dried the palate a bit, some malt sweetness following the finish,
the mouth feel was medium or less with a nice creamy feel, it felt lighter than a 10% alc. drink, and there was average carbonation, the alcohol dried out the palate a bit,
a malty ale with more alcohol than I would prefer, this was ok, less alcohol and more malt would help me to enjoy this beer more. cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle @ home, picked up at RJ’s in Fort Collins. Pours a murky brownish orange appearance with a small light brown head. Toasty malty, caramel, chocolate covered cherry, coffee, brown sugary, fairly spicy, somewhat boozy nose. Quite strong in the flavor in terms of booze, mocha, spices, and a tingly fruit tartness. It does taste like chocolate, cherries, and coffee, but it’s full of candy sugar, spicy yeast, and booze. After all that ethanol passes on the finish, there is a remnant of chocolate and cherries in the aftertaste but it doesn’t save really save it. Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Draft in airport. Aroma is cherries, plum, vanilla, bread dough. Light reddish brown, murky, offwhite head that lasts forever. Can't stand the wait anymore - head tastes awfully metallic. The rest - fruity sweetness gives way to metal and bread. lively carbonation, full body, alcohol finish, sticky texture. Overall: meh. Couldn't finish this one.
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Concealer (1269) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Poured from a bomber. It is a nice caramel color with a thick white almond white head. Honestly, this brew looks great in a glass. The nose is all sorts of different. There is fruit and funk and a touch of spice and coffee. Taste are toasted malt, coffee, caramel, and a little spice. It finishes with a bit of an alcohol flavor but not too bad. I was actually shocked to see the bottled had the ABV at 10%. It is surprisingly delicious and the high alcohol content is well hidden. ajnepple (7089) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2013 22 oz bottle. Pours a deep mahogany color with a frothy off-white cap that lingers and laces the glass. Smells malty and sweet, like dark fruit, biscuits, spices and yeast. Medium-full body with a creamy mouth feel. A fruity and malty flavor, cherries, caramel, toast, yeast, spices. Medium plus sweetness with a dry finish. Smooth, complex flavor with alcoholic warmth.