thegreenrooster (4562) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2017 LeRose (79) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 Bottle to snifter.
Aroma was boozy, sweet, but I did not find any cherry notes. Dark honey brown with red tint, no head but plenty of small bubbles.
Initial taste was alcohol and kind of a burn. Still not getting cherry, but seems to have honey and malt sweetness that builds. Some medicinal notes. Surprisingly bitter. Dry finish, and the sweetness lingers, maybe getting a little dark fruit, honey, malty. A bit of sourness as well.
Not striking me as well balanced. It is complex but I am disappointed at the apparent lack of the cherry notes. Quite warming and will sip on it since it is warming and it is dang cold here today, but not in love with the stuff.
Pour is a dark ruby red with a large tan head that goes away quickly. Aroma is a pleasant dark fruit with some bitter bakers chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is dark fruit, brown sugar and sweet molasses. I also get some alcohol heat after the swallow. It's starting to get a bit warm in here. This was a fine winter warmer. Lots of tasty sweet dark fruit like sugar plums. A little alcohol heat is the only thing to get in the way but hopefully after some time on it that will fade. orduckms (2) - - NOV 11, 2017 does not count
Love this beer, at 11 percent your not going to find many that taste as good as this does. A little sweet but to be expected. This is what beer is all about!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone GregMooreNH (118) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2017
Pours dark red amber with a foamy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is heavy tart cherry with a touch of honey coming through. Taste is instantly tart cherry that works back to honey and nutmeg. Aftertaste is back to cherries with a smooth finish. An excellent holiday ale. aaronpetersen (8) - - SEP 2, 2017 does not count
Copper with light white head. Expected more carbonation for a Belgian style. Banana esters and caramel aroma, same for flavour. Mostly banana. Can't detect honey or cherry. Slight warming booze.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone katrinaez (2260) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2017
Definitely one of the first and better spiced holiday ale. Deep red color. Nice yeasts, spice, and barley. Thick mouth feel. Lots of residual sugars. Tap... and bottle 3.9 for too strong.
iceman15658 (145) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2017
12oz bottle. Deep coppery red. cherry aroma. This beer has a strong alcohol flavor, more than expected, a nice change of pace brew vipinvelp (4542) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2017
Clear dark amber, small off-white lacing foam head. Decent aroma, barley, honey and dark fruits. Wanming strong in taste, complex taste. Good. (Houston 201705) ktothewizow (4) - - MAY 10, 2017 does not count
Best thing put out by Troegs. One of my favorite beers. Delicious aroma and taste and well priced for its strength.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2017
pours cherry red with white fluffy head. the aroma is cherry, honey, caramel, sweet smell. and slight tartness. the flavor is cherry, honey, some cloves and spiciness with caramel at the end. the body is thick and malty and very filling, overall this is a nice beer for a cold night, and leaves you wanting to take another sip. Chalumeaux (1709) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2017
12 oz. bottle pours dark red/ maroon color with some off white head retention. Aroma of plums, cherry skins, honey, and light traces of cinnamon. The flavor is a exact duplicate of the aroma and the alcohol is hidden well but provides a slight warming after the sip. A nice winter warmer.