theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2006
A deep, dark red hazy from the yeast. The aroma is dominated by nasty belgian yeasty: bready, with a touch of plum and cherry. The cherry really comes through in the taste. Some chocolate, plum, raisin, even coconut. This was my first high gravity beer about 3 years ago. I hated it then, and I can see why I would. Its a complex and enjoyable brew but still not my favorite. walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2006
750ml corked bottle. Deep brown, thinning to ruby at the edges, with a creamy tan head. Nose of rich dark malt, molasses, various dark fruit, yeast, and tart cherry. Malt focused flavor, slightly sweet, very full and rich, with a nice drying bite in the finish. Incredible balance and just a delight to drink and, well, ponder.... OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2006
From the bottle.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Pours a relatively dark red-brown; the beer offers a nose of cherries, vinegar, vanilla; like cotton candy. Some alcohol comes forth in the aroma too, of course, and the tiniest hint of bitter cocoa flirts on the nose. the flavor is darker, chewier than the aroma suggests, rich with molassas and raisin, winter spice and belgian yeast, like Swedish glog. Cherry liqueur comes on late and is then a reasonably dry woody whiskey finish given the sweetness of the initial flavor. Rather to my initial surprise, the beer lacks anywhere near as much of the sour fruit lambic flavor complex as I had expeceted. The alcohol is highly prominant throughout.
Not a bad beer, but nor is it one that redefines the style for me.
From bottle. Deep reddish brown with quickly disapaiting tan head. Nose is of dark fruits, plums and cherries. Flavor is of sour cherries with a dry bitter finish. Palate is a little too carbonated. OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Poured from a 12oz bottle a cloudy brownish red with a tan head. Aroma was of sweet malts alcohol and huge cherries. Flavor was quite complex with caramel, malts, and cherries. The finish was a nice alcohol warming sensation as it went down.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Hazy dark mahogany with a slight reddishness. Large tan head. Aroma of sweet malts and cherries. Flavor is nice, interesting, and complex, with notes of caramel malts and cherries. Smooth mouthfeel. Very nice. crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Sweet alcohol aroma. Prominent alcohol and i got some yeastynes. Strong alcohol accompanied by strong malt sweetness. While I appriciate the complexity of this beer, it comes off as too big and unbalanced to be drinkable for me. Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Poured a hazy reddish-brown into my pint glass with a profuse tan head. This one is highly carbonated. Aroma was initially of alcohol, then opened up to yeastiness and sour fruits. Flavor was slightly fruity and sour as well. Alcohol was very obvious in the flavor and finish. A warming sensation followed...especially because my friend didn’t like it and I finished the whole 750 ml myself! SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Clouded cranberry pour with beautiful Belgian lacing. Fresh cherry juice rides on a oaky base with hints of brown sugar and earthy yeast in the nose. The tight carbonation spritzes the tongue, really moving the flavors around. More fresh cherry flavor works in harmony with chewy and sweet malts in the body. This keeps getting better, and more revealing, as it approaches room temp. Pepper, plums, raisens - the list goes on. A great alcohol warming in the finish tops things off. nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2006
The aroma is loaded with brown sugar, alcohol, cherry, and yeast. The appearance is a dark red brown with a medium head. The flavor is very similar to the aroma with the addition of more spice than I detected in the aroma. The palate is typical for the style. The finish is sour, metallic, and bitter to the point of being unpleasant. I feel like this beer is overrated in most respects. I can’t help but wonder why this otherwise quality beer has a metallic finish.