beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a far this sits a shadowy dark blood red, up to the light it has a wonderfully clear ruby brown tinted body. The cap is small and faintly thick with a light stained ivory color. Minimal lacing sticks in small globuals.
Nice aroma of candy bar chocolate and caramel with a wiff of subdued cherry-like fruityness and vanilla.
Taste is outstanding for an Irish Red. Complexingly delicate and well rounded flavors of malty fruityness bringing a partial red apple and date filling, feathered in vanilla cherry coke without the overly sweetness or active carbonation. Mild but fulfilling with a calming smooth character. Great finish of lightly dry candy bar chocolate and caramel swirling off into a return of some malty fruits and vanilla.
Tthe mouthfeel of this beer is awesome. Big full smooth body. Succulantly easy to quaff. Its smoothness is like no other Irish Red I’ve ever encountered. Its milding charm is very enthralling and the finish is spectacular.
My kind of beer. Tasty, well rounded, smooth, full, candyish with chocolate and caramel with a sweet fruity center that helps keep a terrific balance. Damn good stuff!
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Downtown J. Brown’s. Poured with a deep orange hue with a very pleasant malty nose. Mouthfeel was smooth and had a cool citrus taste couples with mild touches of chocolate malt. Finish was clean and very crisp. I very much enjoyed this and would love to have it again, Pat knows his brewing!
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler at the brewery.
Pours copper, thin off white head.
Aroma is malty, with sweet malts caramel/chocolate aromas notes.
Taste, plenty of the 13 malts adding some sweet caramel and chocolate, remains very smooth with a vanilla like mouthfeel. Some light hop notes hit the back palate with some licorice and a beer that just amazes me with the use of the malts.
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initial malt aroma clear small white head, good moderate hop nose. Caramel with light fruityness. Very smooth and crisp finish with no llingering aftertaste
Shag (2585) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is probably the best Irish Ale Ive had to date. A dark reddish brown appearance with a moderate head. The flavor was rather complex with some bitterness present. I tasted cherries, nutmeg, and grapefruit. From the looks of it, I enjoyed this more than most people.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at brewery. Probably my favorite of the brewering offering I have tried, though pure hoppiness is a very close second. Copper colored with a light off white head. Flavor is very complex for an Irish Red. It has a nutty caramel flavor along with a very slight hint of chocolate backed by a dry maltiness. Hop are well represented though not over done.
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
(on tap @ hollingshead)anber body with a thick off-white head.light hoppy aroma with an earthy malt taste.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark red on pour with a large, off-white head that diminished quickly. Although delicious, aroma and flavor were modest. Aroma and flavor were similar with malt, caramel, hops, cherries, and carbonation. Very well balanced, the aroma and flavor did not grab me and announce themselves. This Irish Ale would make for a great daily drinking beer if it were available in my area.
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of hopscotch by way of WeeHeavySD.
Pours a clear orange with a whitish head. Awesome nose of caramel, toffee, and bread. Ultra smooth flavor with some dark fruits up front. Raisins maybe? Definite notes of chocolate as it warms and of course a long caramel finish rounds out this great Irish Ale. Awesome for malt heads like me.
Itzjerm (1171) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the best irish type red beers I have had. What makes it different from every other one? No bitterness... almost a sweet molases after taste. Very enjoyable!