Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.1/5 rDev -40.7%
Got this as #2 of my 3 pack from my trip to Sam, was excited to try but not as excited after :(...
Pours a pretty, translucent ruby color. 1-2 fingers of foamy head that dissipate into a ring and a little lacing. Nose is musty and funky, smells like old cherries. Taste is also funky, the cherries are lingering but there is very minimal sweetness, it just tastes like hints of rotting fruits. Oaky mustiness lingers on the palate. All in all each sip and swallow makes me twist my face in odd apprehension and eventual mild disgust.
12-30-2009 20:20:47 | More by aquatonex
2.25/5 rDev -36.4%
Picked up one of each of Sam Adams Barrel Room Collections. This one is the first that I am trying.
Poured a nice ruby/crimson red with roughly a 2 finger head with a pinkish hue. The head quickly dissapated though and left very minute lacing.
The smell was of cherries, though of an artificial kind. It was very pronounced and overpowered the nose.
The taste was somewhat forced, in the sense that it simply did not taste real. It tasted like cherry syrup, and not a good one at that. The aftertaste was a lingering cherry cough syrup. Very disappointing.
The mouthfeel was unimpressive. Lots of carbonation but again, that cherry syrup seemed to coat the mouth and lips in a sticky unpleasantness.
Drinkability is fine, in the sense that at this alcohol percentage one can drink it without problem. It would go down much easier if not for the cough syrup aftertaste.
I feel Sam Adams really dropped the ball on this one. Can only hope it gets better from here.
05-21-2010 04:09:05 | More by rudzud
2.38/5 rDev -32.8%
Bottle shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick.
Beautiful dark cherry red, the beer has stunning clarity but little in the way of head. The color is so exceptional that I can't really fault it for that.
It smells like...cherry cough syrup. Medicinal, sweet, faintly oaky. Pretty cloying, I can't say that I enjoy this.
Similar flavors. Syrupy and sweet with a natural but terribly cloying cherry flavor, it tastes like none of the sugars have fermented out of the cherry juice. There's a mild tartness but this is much more of a sweet fruit beer. Syrupy palate with a sweet finish. Not outright terrible, but really hard to completely enjoy due to the medicinal flavors and intense sweetness. Even taken as a fruit beer I really don't enjoy this, it's like a very clumsy and cloying version of New Glarus Belgian Red.
06-23-2010 05:18:04 | More by largadeer
2.4/5 rDev -32.2%
1pt 9.4oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Hazy, deep red in color with shades of brown. Big, rocky pinkish-white head. Excellent retention, thick foamy lacing.
S: Sweet, almost perfumey cherry scent. Subdued sour smell. Very slight hint of wood. Maybe some funk? Not really much going on here.
T: Black cherries are all over the palate from the outset. They vacillate between tart and sweet. Quick tang of sour apple. Fruity, spicy Belgian yeast. After the initial cherry onslaught, there's little left to experience. Just a castrated dash of oak, faint wheat twang, and a hint of chocolate. Finishes with cherries and very faint chocolate.
M: medium bodied, highly carbonated. Smooth enough I suppose.
O: This really didn't taste anything like a kriek.
Notes: The cherry presence was certainly there, but after that there really weren't any other kriek characteristics to be found. No funk at all, no acidity. Far too sweet, with an inadequate sourness that cannot balance it. Not a kriek at all in my book, and not complex or interesting enough in its own right. Disappointing.
08-14-2011 20:09:58 | More by ryan1788a5
2.5/5 rDev -29.4%
Wanted to try one of the Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection, and figured this one would be the one to try.
Pours a nice and unique ruby color. Interesting pink head forms 1 finger thick and dissipates quickly. leaves me hoping for a unique and pleasant experience with this beer.
smells like cherries. like the juice left over in the jar of ice cream topping cherries, though a little more tart. Hopefully that leads to a nice, tart flavor.
tastes like cherries. not tart, not funky, just sweet cherries. reminiscent of fruit juice loaded with high-fructose corn syrup.
mouthfeel is unimpressive. little carbonation, no tingling from any tartness like i expected.
drinkability is average since its essentially fruit juice. alcohol is definitely well hidden. goes down too quick trying to get some sensation out of it. a swirl with the yeast adds a bit more complexity, but all-in-all, a very high-potential yet low-follow through with this beer.
I will try the others in the series and hope for more. I didnt hate it. not revolting like the cranberry lambic, but I think they dropped the ball a bit on this one.
02-13-2010 01:09:26 | More by silentjay
2.55/5 rDev -28%
Thanks to Jared for including this one as an extra in a trade. Finally got around to opening it at Saturday's tasting.
A: The pour is a nice pinkish-red color with some pink foam forming but falling quickly.
S: We're not off to a good start with the aroma: butter and cherry cough drops lead the way. A slight tartness, but still the aroma is overwhelmed by the artificial and medicinal cherry aroma.
T: Things do not seem to improve at all when it comes to the flavor. The nearly medicinal cherries are still there and the tartness is not all that noticeable.
M: A fairly light body with extreme carbonation, to the point of being over-carbonated.
D: Unfortunately, this one was just a pure miss. The Stony Brook Red was quite nice, so I had some real expectations for this one and it did not deliver.
06-16-2010 18:28:14 | More by womencantsail
2.58/5 rDev -27.1%
Fizzy beer, with a wonderful creamy head, which is rather pink. A little cloudy, the beer glows with a dying fire hue of orange and deep ambers. Nice looking beer. Aroma is a little tart. Definite cherries, juicy and a bit tart. Reminds me a bit of cough syrup, but not to an overwhelming degree, just a bit of syrupy sweetness. One dimensional, unfortunately. Aroma is kind of flat. Taste is disappointingly weak and watery. Some faint tartness of sour fruits. Not a whole lot of beer character to be found and also lacking in oak characteristics. Neither does the beer feel that great, it lacks structure and real feel.
More than a little disappointing. Overall, it's dull and lifeless. I much prefer the other two offerings from the Barrel Room. This one was a dud.
02-28-2011 06:53:12 | More by SamN
2.6/5 rDev -26.6%
This beer poured with a fairly thick effervescent head that quickly disappeared, like pouring a soda. The only difference from the soda was that the beer was pretty still after the pour.
A pronounced alcohol aroma that tickled my nose, some sweet cherry.
A taste of cherry. Alcohol still there, but less noticeable. Sweet.
The beer was too sweet, and tasted like a flat cherry soda.
11-15-2010 01:40:23 | More by lordofthewiens
Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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