Friday, August 5, 2016

Best Damn Cherry Cola

Beer Name: Best Damn Cherry Cola
Brewery: Best Damn Brewing Co. (St. Louis, MO)
ABV: 5.5%
How sold: 12 oz. bottles; 16 oz tallboys
Where bought: Wayside Market (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $1.59 for a 16 oz tallboy

Date Purchased: May 24, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: May 24, 2016
When brewed? Year-round hard soda. Debuted around March 2016.

Where distributed: Best Damn Brewing distributes their hard cherry cola to select areas but likely will keep expanding locations. Click here for their locator!

What's on the Website: "Our Cherry Cola mission is 'Put a Cherry on Top Tap.' Refreshing BEST DAMN Cherry Cola combines caramel and cola notes with a delicious cherry taste. Aged on whole cherries after brewing, the result is a flavorful take on the timeless taste of Cherry Cola. Cheers!" Click here for more!

Appearance (5%): Pours extremely dark brown into a pint glass, with reddish hue. Very carbonated, with many tiny bubbles. No head. 4/5

Smell (25%): Good cherry aroma with notes of a cola soda. 3.5/5

Taste (40%): Burst of medicinal cherry flavors, with off-putting plastic. Not pleasing at all. 2/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-light bodied. Some of the plastic flavor lingers on the tongue. It could be worse, however. 3/5

Overall (20%): A fair hard soda. It's been my least favorite of all the hard sodas created to date, and it's more due to the weird taste than anything else. As much as I didn't think it would happen, I prefer the Best Damn Hard Root Beer over this. The concept is great, and I certainly would love to see the Not Your Father's brand take a crack at this. For now, a hard cherry cola that I would happily drink remains elusive. 2.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 2.675/5

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