mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Really nice beer. Nice and flavorful. Had some notes of cherries and honey. Very tasty. Nice red color. Thin head. Malty. Not a very sweet beer, not syrupy either. Pleasant holiday ale. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Bought a 6 pack, to try one and lay the rest down for time. Nice red color. Thin white head. Suprisingly pleasant aroma, that basically reminded me of a beer that had a good dose of honey added (which it does). No notable hop aroma, and cherry was kind of in the background. Nicely balanced malt/mead/cherry flavor, where the cherry takes a back seat. Note to future samplers: do not expect a thick and syrupy beer. The honey attenuates well and lowers the FG, giving the beer a more clean palate. I was very impressed with the beer not being overly sweet or cherry-like, making it more drinkable, in my opinion. Looking forward to trying another bottle in about a year! Cobra (1100) - - NOV 3, 2003
12 oz. brown bottle. 2003/2004 batch. Actually, the first batch ever bottled. Poured out the color of cherries macerated in vodka. Deepest ruby color you ever saw. No head at all, very little carbonation. Maybe this is on purpose, maybe it's a flaw. Anyway, aromas mostly of wildflower honey, and sweet cherries. No hop aromas or malts either, for that matter. Mostly fruit hits the nose.
Tastes sweet at first, with a dominate honey profile. Points off for thin body. High alcohol content means you can only drink one of these to really enjoy it. There is a massive amount of honey in this beer, because it's practically all I can taste. Alcoholic finish to it, along with a lingering cherry flavor.
I'll bet it will age to a great beer in 5 years or so. Good thing I bought a whole case of it. warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Very fruity aroma, head disipates fast. Ruby color that was very clear. Complex fruity flavors that was followed quickly by the alcohol warmth. Lightly carbonated as are some higher alcohol beers. Not a bad beer but I was disappointed in that I was expecting more full flavor for the style. gfb108 (4) - USA - NOV 2, 2003 does not count
Funny that the previous post talked about this beer reminding a lof of Victory's V-10 (Early Days). I was going to say the exact same thing but there are some things lacking in this beer. Specifically, head retention.
Beautiful ruby, tawny-color in the glass--however the head doesn't stand up for more than a minute. I'm disappointed this is an 11% beer and it's not even bottle conditioned.
While I respect the hard work and class this brewery demonstrates, this like their other beers are not quite where they need to be. Potential yes, Troegs needs to keep brewing and getting better. Best bet: Oatmeal Stout.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2003
In my humble opinion, Troegs' first failure. Reminds me of Victory 10 (or was it 12?). Cherry cough medicine quality, thin, boozy, but looks great. Not a lot of complexity. Maybe it is simply too young. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2003
(2003 Bottle) - Gorgeous clear ruby color with a small tan head and very nice lacing. Big sour cherry aroma with a spicy complexity. Flavor is sweet (honey?) with some sour cherry notes. Big syrupy body and a tingling alcohol finish. A very nice beer, sort of like a Belgian Trippel with some cherry flavors. lmb1958 (3) - USA - MAR 30, 2003 does not count
This is one of the best beers every made. A nice cherry flavor but not overwhelming. A great belgium style beer; I just wish they would bottle it, right now it is seasonal and only on tap. AcctError4310 (32) - USA - JAN 16, 2003
This was served in small tasting glass at my local pub. It was red in color with a little pink head, nice fruity taste and warm alcohol feeling. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2003
This was one of the few spice beers that I enjoyed. Something different and something worth a try.