RATINGS: 1156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast , this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the character of this Ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 5, 2006
clear reddish amber with a small white head. sweet, juicy, honey, vegetal aroma. extremely sweet and malty with tons of honey. hints of caramel and carrots. dont notice the cherries much. very smooth palate and medium bodied. good stuff. thanks jason w.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2009 Pours red/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is full of sweet cherries, with a hint of honey and spice. Flavor has light hints of cherries, a bit of honey, some evident but easy alcohol, and light spice overtones throughout. The palate is medium, lightly bitter-sweet fruitiness, and a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (5636) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 Been waiten for this one. Mine didn’t say ’holiday’ on it. Is this similar to La Rossa without the bitter malt finish? I guess honey is a spice and I can’t taste the cherries. Some lingering bitter. Not too sure why this beer commands a higher price. Will not buy again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2006
06 bottling. This ale poured a ruby red color with a diminuitive head that dissapted quckly along with all of the other carbontation. This proved to have a positive effect on the overall enjoyment of the beer which had a predominantly sweet cherry taste (makes sense given the ingredients) with a slight alcoholic burn and a light taste of hops as well. The aroma was nothing to write home about as it didn’t smell terribly pleasing or offensive, rather sweet and full of alcohol. Overall this is a farly unique brew that leaves me wondering whether I actually like it or not. The quality and creativity contribute greatly the my total enjoyment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Amber/ruby red body with small khaki head. Aroma is loads of cherries with hints of honey and caramel. Nice warming feeling from the alcohol. Flavor is lightly tart and lightly sweet with flavors of honey, cherry and raisins. Could be interesting to age... might balance the flavors out a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
Hazy orange, amber colour with a beige head. Malty, caramel sweet aroma with a hoppy fruity and pine note. Malty, caramel and alcohol sweet flavor with a hoppy fruityness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Bottle aged 10 months. The aroma has caramel, yeast, raisins, spices, candy, pine, and citrus. The appearance is red brown with a small head and very little carbonation. The flavor is very malty and sweet with all the elements from the aroma except it tastes a little like vinegar (probably from aging). The palate is like syrup. Aging this beer was a mistake but the aroma is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2006
<!-- i --> Big thanks to CaptainCougar for this one<!-- /i --> <!-- BR --> Honey - I’m home! This dark rad pour gives off honey in every way. I smells of it, tastes of it, drinks and pours thick. The alcohol was well contained with the overwhelming body of this beer. The downside is that the cherries were lost, and the spices only came up in some belching afterwads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2194) - Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2006
bottle from kramer. it’s the last night i have to watch my brother’s kids. they are finally in bed. i need a drink.nice light maroon body that has a vocal carbonation level to the gray yellow head. syrup in the nose with honey, and grape jelly. oh yeah this is what i need. fruity alcohol flavor with a light yeast note that is bready and buttered. just the right amount of bite to it. trying to put a finger on the flavors here, light cherry, watered down molasses or honey, some pear notes too. a bit of lingering lime with the yeasty biscuit and orange taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 I was expecting a fruity, cherry flavor, but didn’t notice that. Mild spice, banana and slightly sweet. ABV was not detected at all for such a high percentage. Re-rate: A friend had a growler overnighted, and man this is even better from the tap. Deep spice, chocolate and overripe fruit tones. Again, super smooth, for such a high alcohol content.

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