LazyPyro (371) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Pours a clear dark amber red colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is mainly lightly roasted malts, but sweet caramel notes appear as it gets warmer. Taste is slightly bitter roasted malt, actually kind of a smokey flavour, hint of caramel gives it a bittersweetness thanks to the burnt/roasted/smoke notes hanging around on the palate, leading to a slightly bitter aftertaste.
TEJA (2087) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from a collection pack at Dublin airport. Bog and brown head. Metallic aroma and cheap cocoa powder. Light metallic taste with small caramell tuch. Tired maltiness snd low bitterness.
berkshirejohn (5738) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle from Beer52.com. Chestnut with a loose cream head; slightly sour grainy aroma; soft sweet caramel malt taste; with a dry finish with some star-like hops, and lingering malts. A pleasant red ale.
nephirem (122) - CROATIA - FEB 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark ruby color with medium, short lasting, slightly off-white head. Smell is mostly burnt malts with notes of caramel. As it warms up it becomes more cake-like and caramel comes more into the light.
Medium to full body with soft carbonation. Taste of caramel, bread, roasted malts, biscuits, hops. Slightly smoked. Short and dry finish.
Overall, very smooth and drinkable. Would definitely drink this one again.
datrael (102) - Kraków, POLAND - JAN 31, 2016
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aromat palonych słodów, barwa ciemna czerwień, piana dość gęsta, Kremowa. W smaku dominują słody, piwo bardzo wodniste, taka lżejsza wersja dry stouta. Bardzo wysoka pijalność. Goryczka niska do średniej. Piwo dość przeciętne, nie jest jakoś szczególnie wadliwe, ale też nie porywa
Alengrin (4163) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
’Real’ Irish red (if that is a style to begin with - I’ve read different opinions on that, but let’s respect Michael Jackson’s pioneering work in this) with quite thick and even frothy, irregularly lacing, pale greyish white, dispersed head and deep copper colour with burgundy hue, translucent and clear. Aroma of caramel and toffee, damp cloth, hazelnuts, bitter honey, brown bread crust, dry autumn leaves, dead tree branches, ’haemoglobin’ iron, chicory, roasted walnut, faint suggestions of old cocoa powder and dried Mediterranean herbs. Clean, crisp onset, fairly neutral with almost no sweetness and only basic sourishness (in fact, almost lager-like, which some Irish ’ales’ apparently are), minerally with medium carbo and supple, smooth, light mouthfeel; malts have the main part here, again lacking in caramelly sweetness and turning to nutty and strongly toasted bitterish flavours almost right away, while some subtle spicy hints come up, announcing the background hops, manifesting themselves in a very leafy, lightly peppery bitterness at the end with retronasal floral qualities. A resinous hop ’feeling’ remains in the back of the mouth, working well with the toasted malts. After their stout, this is somewhat of a disappointment: very straightforward, toastedly malty and earthy hoppy, but that’s about all there is to say. Irish red, whether you believe in this being a separate, traditional Anglo-Saxon ale style or not, was never meant to be ambitious in terms of flavour complexity, I am well aware of that, and I have to admit that this is a lot better and more ’natural’ than e.g. Kilkenny, but somehow I expected a bit more, especially in terms of fruitiness. This is very drinkable, but does not show any aspirations at being better than Kilkenny and frankly, comes across as very lager-like (and frankly, I am almost sure it is one). Irish red, much like French bière de garde, can be top or bottom fermented, but I would like to meet a really artisanal top fermented one some day - if such a thing exists in the first place. And after all: is this anyone’s favorite style anyway, apart from nationalistic motivations?
JohnCook101 (528) - - JAN 28, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper, dense beige head. Aroma of grain and toast. Lots of toffee flavours, but it’s not overly sweet. Toast, earth, a tiny bit of citrus. Light bitter finish. Not too bad.
ischas (334) - - JAN 27, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2016 0,33 l Flasche. Rote Farbe, cremeweißer Schaum. Sehr komplexer, intensives Aroma nach Malz, Bitterschokolade, Früchtebrot. Geschmacklich karamellig, leicht biter. Im Abgang dann relativ wässrig.
martjoobolut (2620) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 13, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (from saveur-biere). Pours brown with reddish hue and beige head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is sweet and malty, fresh fruits, apples. Flavor is sweet and somewhat bitter, malt, caramel, rye like notes, some burnt notes. Body is very watery. Carbonation is high. Overall: ok, but too watery and too much carbo.
undercurrent25 (1827) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark red colour. Taste is quite bitter with some malt and red fruits. Not a bad beer