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Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection)

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.28%

Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale aged w/ Balaton cherries in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; not bottled-conditioned. Blended w/ "Cosmic Mother Funk."

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO.

Pours a murky cranberry color with a 1 inch whitish red head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of sour cherries, wood, and some funk/must. For being a wild ale the smell is not as potent as I was expecting. Taste is of slightly sour cherries, biscuits, and wood. There is an odd medicinal/herbal bitterness with each sip. This beer seems to have a low level of carbonation with a slightly thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average wild ale. I bought this in CO since I have never seen this one in CA. I am glad I got to try it but I wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 04:07:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of womencantsail


2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 18:28:14 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BEERchitect


3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

American breweries are working very hard at how to make truly domestic lambics; figuring out which blend of indigionous wild yeasts to employ when considering Belgian-style sour ales. Sam Adam's American Kriek proves timid but formitable.

The beer opens with a mauve colored, soft haze with a delicate creme of foam. With good retention and a struggle to lace, the beer carries an authentic and classy appearance.

A mix of tart and sweet cherries dominate the nose, but not without the periphreal scents of lighter, sweeter breads, soft sweetness, and true malt character. A light note of vanilla and almond emits as the beer warms.

Cherry flavor continues dominance to taste- similar in fashion to Sam Adam's widely distributed Cherry Lambic. Medium tartness, but also with the pectin heavy flavors of cherry skins and pits. Soft confectioner's sugar sweetness is surpressed, allowing the tart cherry taste to command control. Light oak flavor further exacerbates the tanin flavor, but is softened by a background note of marzapan.

Medium bodied for a sour, the beer seems young and hasn't yet developed the fully attenuated dary tartness that's common in authentic Belgian sours. Fairly high in tanic astringency, and with more of a fruit derived acidity, the sides of the mouth really get a workout. Though clean and tart in finish, more intensity with true lactic and acetic sourness would be preferred.

I like to think of this beer as a sour with training wheels. Those looking to get into sour ales but find classic Belgian Lambics to be far too intense should acclimate with this variety where most of the sourness seems to come from the cherries and less from wild yeast.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 16:18:35 | More by BEERchitect
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4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big ups to connecticutpoet for this bottle!

Part III, the final leg of the Barrel Room Collection odyssey. We've gotten some. It pours a hazy ruby, highlighted in brown, topped by a finger or so of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises a good amount of cherries (both red and black), oak, chocolate, nutmeg, walnut, and a touch of raspberry jam. The taste echoes the heavy cherry sentiment; everything else is forced into the background: oak, cinnamon, light cocoa, toffee, and some light dark wheat. The body is a relatively light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, the best of the BRC, and a nice cherry-centric brew period.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 20:47:55 | More by TMoney2591
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep red color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of cherries and caramel followed by a hearty malt character for the style and some Belgian yeast breadiness. There’s a little bit of sourness that creeps in along with a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent but seemingly toned down representation of style, it’s worth drinking for a while if you want a sour-style beer that isn’t as heavy on the sourness but overall it’s just an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:05:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark red color with a thin pink head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a moderately fruity scent along with a weak sourness. It's definitely not as tart as most lambics. The taste is decent as well. The cherry flavor is very disappointing. It seems as though they used sweet cherries instead of the tart variety. It goes down easy and finishes with a light tart/sourness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but not a good version of a lambic. I did like it better than their Cranberry one.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 00:37:02 | More by WesWes
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3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Bright cherry red color, semi clear, thick fuzzy 2 finger head.

N: Lots of bolotin cherry, sweet cherry syrup, light sour tangy cherry, slight light malts, some juiciness, slight creamy, touch of spices and saison like yeast. Did I mention the cherry?

T: Sweet, very much like chewing candied bolotin cherries. Fresh cherry juice, juicy fruit flavors, little sour tangy, very light malts, perhaps a hint of vanilla. I wouldn't even call this a beer rather than fermented cherry juicy with lots of leftover residual sugar.

M: Lighter with some syrup and lots of carbonation.

F: Long syrupy sweet taste, lots of cherry lingering, slight saison bready malt. Overall way too much cherry and way too sweet, and where the hell is the wild?!?!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 13:08:16 | More by jlindros
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3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Kriek pours out as a red color with a fizzy pinkish white head. The smell has a faint sour aroma going on in it. There is also some cherry aromas too. The beer tastes a little tart not as sour as most Kriek's out there. The flavors are more refreshing and relaxed it seems. The pucker face factor on this brew isn't overly powerful. The mouthfeel is carbonated and fairly light.'not a bad brew, definitely a decent beer to try. Having all 3 was a real treat. I enjoyed the series and I'm looking very forward to trying the Stout they're working on!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 15:27:41 | More by Knapp85
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3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded cherry-wood color wirh a head that appears and vanishes quickly, leaving some spots.

The smell is tart - strong dark cherry - with vanilla.

The taste is mildly tart with some sweetness. It has a delicious dark cherry taste with a firm caramelish malty backing. The cherries, while in the forefront, allow a rich malty ale to support it. At first, there is a taste of cherry pits, but as it progresses, it brings on a character of cherry pie. Hints of vanilla and oak add to the complexity. It has a mild sweettart, dry-ish finish.

It leans towards full-bodied with carbonation that is towards effervescent. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not powerful. Smooth.

Although I wouldn't say it's a great example of a wild ale, it is an enjoyable, cherry beer "dessert" brew that is better than the typical American Fruit Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 17:54:19 | More by jwc215
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3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy, ruby red color. Good start to the head but it settles to a half covered film of minute bubbles. Thus, no real lace, just some spots.

Smells like a cross between a Sweettart sourness and a children's aspirin. Rather appealing, but certainly not conventional.

Harsher attack of dry sourness--right up front on the tongue. The alcohol is also up front and more powerful than anticipated. The cherry is very sour but quite muted. There's a surprisingly sweet finish with a very quick finish and nearly no aftertaste. Good body.

Overall, this is an unusual beer that is worth trying just to experience the unusual flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 22:25:09 | More by smcolw
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New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two fingered white/pink head that quickly fades to a ring, leaving no lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is almost clear red/amber. Tart cherry nose. Flavor is tart cherry, some sweetness. Clean, dry finish. Pricey at $11.25 for a caged and corked, black, 750ml bottle (#1030) from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 23:56:31 | More by jdhilt
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3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked & caged.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1/2" reddish beige head above the slightly cloudy bright red brew. Head quickly falls to a skim, with heavier amounts along the rim, with lasting lace. Aroma is tart cherries with a musty depth.

Taste starts with sweet cherries, goes fleetingly tart in the middle, and closes with some maltiness. Reminds me of cherry soda somewhat. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with drinkability being good, albeit a bit too sweet. Possibly a good crossover kreik to the more sour offerings out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:42:11 | More by ppoitras
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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this on 12/27/10. Batch/bottle/whatever #760 appears on the back label.

Poured into a tasting glass this brew appears a clear ruby red color with a tan cap of foam. The bubbles hang around the perimeter of the glass with large sized bubbles that dissolves fairly fast but is revived with a swirl. Spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is quite medicinal smelling of cherry cough syrup, sweet with some oak. It smells lightly woodsy with a character that turns towards vanilla but regains the sweetness of the cherry mid-scent that blends with an evident amount of alcohol.

The taste of this brew includes a strong medicinal cherry flavor that at times comes across with a more natural flavor through the back. However, when sips turn sweet it gets reminiscent of cough syrup and not all that natural tasting. It is somewhat dry with a lingering flavor of oak mixed with medicinal cherry that just doesn't blend all that well together. Once warm, it picks up a more earthy flavor, lightly funky and almost like over ripe to rotten cherries.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. It is fairly drinkable but the medicinal aspect I did not quite care for and it gets to me. It is tolerable in a small pour but not a bottle I would be able to tackle myself.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:06:45 | More by stakem
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3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red, clear at first and a little cloudy by the end of the bottle. Fine pinkish bubbles topped the beer and produced some spotty lacing. The aroma was sweet and fruity, a little musty with a hint of tartness, and sweetness stopped short of cough syrup territory. Flavour was heavy on cherries, leaning towards sweetness, not tart enough for me. It was a little earthy, faint alcohol spiciness in the finish. Decent texture, medium bodied with low carbonation, residual sugar, a bit of woody astringency. Overall it was alright. A more tart character would improve it and balance some of the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 22:34:03 | More by DrJay
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3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer starts fine and dandy, but soon I became less than enchanted with what was in my glass, thankfully the bottle was shared with a few others at a recent sour ale tasting.

The color is deep red and berry colored with thick light beige cap the clarity is translucent, not bad so far. The smell is very pleasant, both oaky and sweet with a cherry fragrance that smells natural and like a cherry pie or turnover. The aroma has a slight sugary aspect but pretty pleasant in general. The feel turns me off, immediately I can tell it lacks complexity based on the sweet presence like cherry syrup with mild carbonation. Yeah there is a oak influence but it doesn't help much -the finish is semidry

The taste is slightly fruity/tangy with some mild sweet flavor that is indistinct -not really malty or sugary. The oak is present in the flavor but very mild with a light wheat(?) taste in the background. More sweet than fruity it is a lackluster combo. Overall A pretty poor wild ale, let alone fruit beer. This beer could use something-acidity would have helped or some more carbonation as I read in another review to balance the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 14:01:08 | More by Slatetank
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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

received this one a while back from SMADMS.... thanks a ton Peter for an awesome trade... Opened this one a couple weekends ago and shared with the Boise and Utah peeps.

Crystal clear red.... even the head is pink.

Nose is like cherry cough syrup mixed with tonic water.... pie cherries ... no really "beer" components in my mind.

Flavor is a tad better ... hints of some oak... bits of pale malts.. nice sweetness and tartness but only the most basic real "wild" qualities... lite lemon and I could be imagining vanilla .... instead reminds me pretty well made fruit beer.

body is a solid medium with a a lighter than hoped for carbonation.

Thanks again Peter for all the brews.... I think the other bottle will stand to age for quite a while and hopefully dry out and develop a more wild character.


Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 06:41:59 | More by JohnGalt1
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very slightly hazy dark garnet red in color with some hints of brown and significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy pink head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of tart and sweet cherries with an underlying hint of malts. There are some very light notes of vanilla and oak.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by the flavors of cherries with both tartness and sweetness. There are also some light flavors of vanilla and oak. Not as much of the tartness as I would like.

M: Medium bodied with just slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable but kind of immature for a sour/wild ale - it has not developed to have the complexity and sourness/tartness that I expect from the style. Not sure I would go out to find this one again but it was a good beer to have.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 02:12:55 | More by dbrauneis
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3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up in Colorado.

Caged and corked 750ml bottle, the cork came out with no problem, some smoke escaping from the opening.

It pours a clear and bubbly reddish colour with a big head of foam that's still growing. Gotta sip it down a bit. Holding my glass up, I sincerely love the look of this beer.

The smell has a candy cherry nose to it that is sweet yet *kind* of tart. A very very light note coming from the oak peeks through. I could have easily missed it.

The taste starts off lightly tart from the cherries then slides into an almost funky state. That's gone sooner than later as it finishes on the sweeter side then the flavour seems to drop off. The oak influence is minimal; it's all about the cherries and I think, they were not done all that well in this beer.

Medium bodied with medium light to very light at times carbonation.

Drinkability? I guess it's a decent stab at an American Wild. That being said, I won't be seeking out another bottle. The flavours are lacking and now, I'm getting some light warming that slows down the drinking process even more.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 17:41:36 | More by Bitterbill
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2.38/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 05:18:04 | More by largadeer
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3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 7% ABV, "Enjoy this beer now from a traditional glass at 50° or age it to develop rich and unique flavors." 3439 Stamped on the back label.

Thanks to Celeriac for this cool bottle!

A - Beautiful blood-red ruby color with great clarity and a tall light pink head. Great retention but no lace left on the glass.

S - A light funk note hides behind a bold aroma of fresh and tart cherries. Sweet but not cough-syrup-like as most cherry beers seem to be. Mild oak aroma adds some nice complexity.

T - Oak woodiness overpowers the cherries in the flavor. A pinch of funkiness compliments the tart cherry, but it's got no where near the complexity and depth the aroma has.

M - Strong carbonation with a well-balanced lightly tart and sweet finish, no alcohol comes through this exceptionally strong (as a Kriek is concerned) beer.

D - Decent drinkability with an ok flavor that seems like a little bit of a let down after the nice aroma. A good brew but not one I'd push to trade for again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 12:56:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a brandy snifter, the beer pours with a good deal of foam and lots of bubbles. The beer is a rose-tinted copper color, with a quickly settling head that rings in at a very thin film after the huge start. Increased carbonation stays present throughout the drinking. Very effervescent aromas, with light hints of malt sweetness and tart grape and cherry fruitiness. Oily slick in mouth, with wine characteristics. Flavors are wine-like, also, but with some notes similar to a cider, also. Cherry, dark and mild, throughout, with a lambic sourness balancing the sweet and tart characteristics. The aftertaste is syrupy slick, with dark cherry and tannins, and a quick and slick finish. More lambic and wine than anything, but overly mild nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 02:37:30 | More by GarthDanielson
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New Hampshire

3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear deep reddish brown with a long lasting fluffy off white head. Smells of caramel, sour cherries, a bit of yeasty funk and fruity esters. Hints of sweet brown sugar and a touch of balsamic round out the nose. The flavor is really a bit sweet for a wild ale if you asked me. There's a lot of brown sugary malt sweetness with enough sour cherries to make it a bit different. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I'm not sure what they were going for here, maybe a beginners wild ale? This was good, fairly tasty, but really needed some more tart or funk imho.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:05:09 | More by johnnnniee
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South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Special 500ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

A: Brownish black cherry juice. Foggy.

Feel: near medium body.

Aroma: Fairly strong cherry character. A bit more oak than I prefer.

Flavor: excellent sweet/tart balance ness from the cherries is balanced by a rich, malty character with toasted oak notes added from the barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 02:03:17 | More by chinchill
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells exactly like black cherry Kool-Aid, exactly. The color is cherry cough syrup red. It smells a little cough syrup as well. No funk to be found. It tastes like a black cherry soda almost, mixed with beer. no funk, no wood, no sour, disappointing. The stonybrook red was a better beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:38:08 | More by ArrogantB
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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 04:09:05 | More by rudzud
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Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.