lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber orange, whitish head. Aroma is very malty, typical red, candy apple. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel, toffee.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours out a well-hazed, dark amber body with a thin, whitish head.
Smell: Modestly malty notes of toasty bread crusts, caramel, and cocoa. Some scant herbal, earthy accents as well as a noteworthy background tart scent.
Taste: Initial malty taste of toasted bread with lightly sweet hints of caramel and cocoa. Curious tartness creeps into the taste. Lightly herbal, citrusy hop character and bitterness. Drying finish with that slight tartness enduring into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: That’s it? Well, it’s definitely not the best amber ale to be had out there by any means.
DialSquare (2044) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating note from September (I think): Tap at 5 Seasons north brewpub. Called O’Dempseys Big Red. Hazy amber pour with thin light tan head. Sweet bread and caramel malt aroma. Taste followed suit - pretty straightforward. Like others from the sampler had a nice texture.
unclemattie (3905) - Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Bright amber color. Aroma of bread and caramel. Flavor is a very sweet malt. A lot sweeter than I expected, still very well balanced. This beer is the ultimate session. As I have grown to love session beers... This is one of my favorites.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Big Red
Date: September 30, 2009
Appearance: hazy amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, touch of caramel, lots of bready character
Flavor: big sweet malt flavor with lots of caramel and bread
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4