Jed’s Hard Black Cherry Cream

Today’s selection is an alcopop that Val picked out. I have a feeling that these will be popular for another year or so and then go the way of Zima. I wasn’t old enough to have Zima, but the bottles looked very cool. Needless to say, I don’t have high hopes for this…


ABV: 5.9%

Style: Malt Beverage

Trivia: According to, “Saranac’s Black Cherry Cream recipe is one of the best out there that’s why they used it in Jed’s hard black cherry cream. How could you go wrong with the fresh taste of black cherries and vanilla cream? You can’t.”

Random: I don’t know why Val and I keep watching “The Voice.” After they choose their teams, I lose interest.

This alcopop poured with a quarter finger of pink head that dissipated as soon as I went to take the picture. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a dark red color and clear with a lot of carbonation. The nose was sickeningly sweet with black cherry and sugary sweetness. It reminded me of cough syrup that I used to have as a child, mixed with melted Jolly Ranchers. The taste was much worse than the nose. It was incredibly sweet with artificial black cherry. The same cough syrup note came through, making this almost undrinkable. It also had a note that was like aspartame. The body was thick and cloying with a lot of carbonation. The finish was long with black cherry. A single of this was $1.67 ($.14 per ounce), but even if it was free, I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: .5/5.0

Four Loko – Grape

Sometimes I don’t know why I do the things that I do. This includes (but is not limited to) buying this malt beverage. I think I’m going to regret this decision…

ABV: 12%

Style: Malt Beverage

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Four is a line of alcoholic energy drinks sold by Phusion Projects of Chicago, Illinois. Phusion operates as Drink Four Brewing Company. The name ‘Four’ is derived from the drink’s original four main ingredients: alcohol, caffeine, taurine, and guarana. It also contains carbonated water, sugar, and natural and artificial flavoring. Four debuted in the United States market in 2005. It is now sold in 46 states and in Europe. Four energy drinks have been the object of legal, ethical, and health concerns related to the company allegedly marketing them to minors and the purported danger of combining alcohol and caffeine.”

Random: There was so much in the news about this stuff that I really had to see what the hype was about. But, I have a feeling it has more to do with getting wasted than flavor.

This poured a dark people clear color with visible carbonation. I’m already not thrilled with this. The nose was an almost sickeningly sweet grape flavor that was completely artificial. It reminded me of grape soda. The only thing that was worse than the smell was the taste. Man, this stuff is gross. It was a definitely artificial grape flavor but a huge smack of booze on it with some carbonation. The only thing that could make this worse is if it were warm. It also had this weird bite that I couldn’t identify on the finish. There was absolutely no reason to drink this except to get wasted. This was a definite drain pour. Never again…

Untappd Rating: 0.5/5.0