Magic Rock / J. Wakefield / Slim Pickens – Cherry Cola Vice

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Berliner Weisse • 5.5 % ABV • Huddersfield, England

Following in the vein of Pina Mojito Vice, Cherry Cola Vice takes another refreshing, Summer beverage favourite and turns it on its head.

Two things that really blew me away about the prospect of trying Cherry Cola Vice was its impressive ingredient list and the prospect of enjoying cherry cola in an alcoholic form.
Research and development must have been an absolute blast for this cheeky number.

Just take a look at this list of over 20 ingredients taken from the Magic Rock Blog:-

The malt bill is made up of Golden Promise, Crystal Rye, DRC Malt, T50 Crystal, Aromatic Malt and Caramalt.
Fruits & spicing include Lemon Comminute, Lime Comminute, Orange Comminute, Curacao Orange Peel, Coriander Seed, Cinnamon Sticks, Vanilla Extract, Ginger, Nutmeg, Kola Nut, Cardamon, Indonesian Long Pepper, Amaretto (Noyaux) and Sour Morello Cherries.
A souring culture of Lactobacillus plantarum is introduced, as well as a WLP001 (White Labs Californian yeast).

I created quite the hype within my team, that I managed to convince them all to buy a can or two each from The Cambrian Tap, Cardiff – Despite not actually having tried it myself!

Come on Cherry Cola Vice, Please don’t disappoint!

Appearance Cherry Cola Vice produces a light brown to tan head on pouring made up of small tight bubbles.
The head settles fairly quickly.
The beer itself is cherry red in colour and surprisingly clear. The use of my mobile phone torch really got the cherry colour shining through.
Aroma The aroma kicks things off with cherry bakewell notes of almond and cherries.
The spicy cola notes and cinnamon come in shortly thereafter and offers a really pleasant warmth.
The sharper citrus notes come in towards the back including orange and lime.
This is one of those beers that changes as the temperature rises and with each additional smell.
Flavour The thing that really stands out from the very first sip is that Cherry Cola Vice is more on the spectrum of sour and light as opposed to the sweet and rich soft drink variation.
Sharp fruity and citrus flavours get things going on the tongue whilst the warm spicy notes come out at the back of the throat and at the retronasal stage.
Cherries move in towards in the end and leave you with a dry sourness to finish up – No bitterness to speak of at all.
Once the sourness subsides, a Subtle touch of sweet malt moves in.
Mouthfeel Cherry Cola Vice is lightly carbonated but gives some zingyness on the surface of your tongue and cheeks. Light in body
Surprising refreshing despite the flavour profile that has been aimed for here.
Lots of
Overall An awesome representation of a cherry cola but verging more on the sour side than the sweet side.

This is one that really develops and changes with each sniff and mouthful.
From the tart and citric fruits, to the warm yet spicy notes all the way to sweet malts and cherries.

A cheeky little number – Like cola cubes with a little sourness for good measure.

If you have had an opportunity to try a can then visit @hop_pilot and let me know what you thought of Cherry Cola Vice.

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