imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Hard to believe the ABV on this one till you’re on your 3rd. Cherries dominate with just the slightest warming from the alcohol till just before the ’uh-oh’ point. So gorgeous in the glass even without a head. Much different from last year’s version, definitely sweeter with the cherries being more dominate. I’ll be laying a 6er down to see how it does next Christmas. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2005
the alcohol was well hidden on this one i would have figured 7%. It was mainly a honey presence on both taste and aroma which was good at first but then grew blander. could have used some more hops and more cherry tartness. amber hue and frothy off white head was a nice side. bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 26, 2005
the color in the picture is deceveing. it is flat brown. I dont really taste any cherries, just heavy yeastiness. 11% and I cant taste it so its not all bad. can definitly taste the honey. I guess I was disapointed MattShizzle (613) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
OK. This beer is overrated in my opinion. Doesn’t taste so strong. Can’t even taste any cherry flavor. walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle. Beautiful deep red color with no head. Nose is roasty, toasty malt and dry, tart cherries. Flavor is a very fresh grainy malt, full and rich, with a hint of cherry and a wonderfully dry palate. Dry cherry aftertaste lingers. The alcohol is completely masked in flavor but provides a nice warmth throughout. I really enjoyed this one, a nice surprise!
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle. Had this one on a Saturday visit to D’z Hot Dog Shop in Edgewood. Pours a red- amber with no head at all. They just got this one into the cooler, so I have great nose and taste. Sweet, spicy, malty, and great on both nose and flavor. Nice and thick with a perfect carbonation. Good beer. I’ll keep trying this one until I’ve had enough! jefcon (1849) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Reddish, but not ruby red. Aromas of cherries, then with the yeastiness of a tripel. Cherries and strawberries hit you, then dissipate with toffee and milk chocolate malts. Very clean. Honey with some cereal on the tongue, too. I have to say this is lighter than I expected for an 11 percent brew. Maybe a little sour as the glass grows shallow. I’m not disappointed, however, in the inventiveness and execution of this beer. BeerandBlues2 (13304) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 19, 2005
12-oz. bottle via trade with kramer17801. Pours copper with a small off-white head and falling lined lacing. Yeast wheat and malt, caramel, aroma with honey and berry (cherry) hop notes. Yeasty wheat honey and cherry flavor, caramel malt body. Medium and lightly fizzy palate, refreshing. Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Tap. Pours a amber/red with hardly any head. A spicy nose mixed with fruit. Flavor is thick and fruity, malty and mouth coating. A little bit sweet, but not cloying. Enjoyable, but definately not a session brew. IMtheOptimator (1169) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Poured an effervescent reddish amber iwth a fizzy white head that dissipated completely. Aroma is cherries, strawberries, cinnamon, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. Aroma is lightly sweet caramel and dark fruit with some cinnamon, a bit of biscuit dough and toffee with a semi-dry clean finish. Pleasant fairly complex holiday ale.