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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Samuel Adams American Kriek: The intense black cherry character in this beer comes from Balaton cherries, which were discovered in Hungary and are now grown in Michigan. These special cherries are prized for their depth of flavor. The tartness from the cherries is balanced by a rich, malty character with toasted oak notes added from the barrel aging.

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hopscotch (11049) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Bottle… Clear, very pretty, Longhorn-orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma presents an odd vegetal aspect amidst sweet cherries and malt. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The flavor is tangy offers a boatload of cherries. Acidic, but not funky… a little too sugary. Finishes sweet and lightly tart. Bottle courtesy of growler!

3.8
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
(Sample Date: 8/18/2010 Source:Other) Special tasting at Wine and Beer Westpark, Richmond. Well this beer is not sour, but it does have cherries and Belgian yeast character. Caramel with cherry notes becoming more evident in aroma as the beer warms. Quite clear amber with small fluffy white head. Dark candi sugar in flavor along with rich malts and a big cherry presence. Finish is medium with nice lingering fruitiness. Excellent.

4.1
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle at Wine and Beer Westpark on 08/18/2010. Mostly clear copper body with a small frothy off-white head. Sour cherry and faint malt aroma. Sour cherry flavor, faint malt and light spice. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

4
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Sampled on 9/10/2010. This fruit beer pours a medium reddish color from a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, cherry and woody. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity and sweet, slightly tart cherry flavors. Hints of wood and oak mellow the sweet fruit flavors. The hops are herbal and floral. A mellow, smooth tasting beer. Nice carbonation. None of the flavors dominate or stand out. There is a touch of tartness from the cherries and a touch of tannins/oak from the barrel. Interesting beer, it is in no way a kriek, and I kind of wish that Boston Beer Company would not use the kreik and lambic names for beers that are aren’t funky or sour, but I digress. This beer is really working for me as a fruit beer. Was kind of surprised to find a bottle of the barrel-aged series here in Colorado. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and oaky.

3
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle shared by Dak. Pours cloudy maroon with almost no head. The nose is light spice and fruit. The taste is fruit iced tea and light sour characteristics. Meh, ok I guess. Thanks for the opportunity to try it Dak!

3.3
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Pretty cool light red color with a pretty thick white head. The aroma is cherry but more of a dry cherry with tartness and body over sweetness. Though the sweetness was there. Also the wood aroma is definatly adding to this. Blond beach wood that offsets the sweetness. Touch of alcohol note in the taste. This was a bit to sweet and little to much like a cherry lollipop but still good enough if you are plitting the bottle with a few friends so that you don’t get tired fo it.

2.9
sebletitje (10059) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2010
Dog Days of Summer Gathering, thanks growler. copper color, light off-white. aroma, cherry tartness is mild along with spotty trace of barrel. flavors has some wild cherry tartness though staying mostly on the more syrupy side, barrel adds a mild tingly mouthfeel that overall remains weak for a fizzy carbonation. A sub par version that could really have made better use of these black cherries. The cherry aspect is mild, leaning on the fake overly sweet side.

2.4
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2010
750ml bottle, courtesy growler. Pouring clear, the body sports a dark reddish amber color with a thin, patchy film of beige-gray foam at the head. A wet, spotty wash rejoins the body, leaving no hard lace. Aromas are sweet and sticky, suggesting artificial maraschino cherry syrup or perhaps grenadine, along with artificial vanilla extract. It’s almost more soda-like that beer-like in composition. Flavors are the same, again overly saccharine and loaded with fake cherry syrup and, seemingly, something along the lines of high fructose corn syrup. There’s not a noticeable hop within a mile of this stuff, as it completely lacks and sort of bittering balance. The palate is medium bodied and velvety, with a sort of airy, whipped consistency, finishing sticky and sweet. This stuff is pretty awful. It’s not that is tastes bad, per se, but it has none of the qualities that I’m looking for in a beer.

3.1
alobar (3759) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Pours a copper-red color with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet cherry with a touch of tartness. Lots of cherry flavor with no noticeable oak or much else. Decent beer.

3.1
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Reddish copper pour. Aroma is pure cherries. Barely tart at all but fairly sweet. Cherry pie spicing. Not awful.


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