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Barely a chill on it as it goes into a goblet.
A- Lightly murky, and very red. No head, very flat looking.
S- Light, and way sweet. There is a light sourness there, but it is overpowered by the sweet.
T- Whoa, cherry pie, and it isn't close. Blend up some cherry pie, mix in a little alcohol and that's it. Not overly complex, but wow very distinct. The cherry lingers on the palate on the finish. Light tartness comes through there.
M- Not as bad as I thought with the thin looking pour.
O- A really good desert brew. Might be too sweet for some, but very nice.
Served In: Goblet
A: Served warm in a glass mug. Carbonation is holding up really well, considering the beer was brought to a simmer. Head is white with a definite pink twinge to it. Body is a very clean, dark ruby garnet color with no bubble movement.
S: There should be a warning label on inhaling this beer too deeply while it is hot. The acidic vapors absolutely scorched my nasal cavity. Smells of cherry cough syrup, red wine vinegar, cinnamon, all spice and apple cider.
T: Not as much flavor as I was expecting initially. The cherry flavor is very rounded opposed to sharp or pungent. Some berry flavors of the likes of blackberry, raspberry and cranberry around the tip of the tongue. Slightly cloying sugary aspect which is hard to escape and I think the heat emphasizes it. If allowed, the alcohol vapors go shooting through sinuses. Spices become more pronounced after the swallow with cinnamon, cardamom and all spice being most notable.
M: Medium body, sort of syrupy.
D: I look forward to this beer every year, but I can only drink a little of it. It’s a bit too sweet for my tastes but the wife absolutely loves it.
Served In: Pint Glass
Review from 11/05/06
2002 Vintage, dated 08/08/2002 above UPC
A - Looks like cider with a reddish tint. Pours with almost no carbonation and no head. I hope this bottle didn't go flat.
S - Sour cherries, lots of cherries. Little bit of cinnamon.
T - Sweet grenadine taste mixed with a low hopped pale ale. Cherries are omnipresent and a little sour. Apple cider, in fact this drinks a lot like a cider.
M - On the light side of medium. Little to no carbonation, which seems ok for the style.
D - Very interesting. I wish I had a bottle when fresh to compare against.
Served In: Pint Glass
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