mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark copper-auburn body with a bubbly white head. The aroma has light DMS, bread, and some caramel. Tastes toasty with caramel malts and faint vegetal notes.
probstblueribbon (3700) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle as “Moling’s Trad. Celtic Beer”, served cold in a tulip.
App.: Fairly deep copper, clear with a small tan head.
Aroma: Dark bread crust, some sweeter malts (treacle and toffee), light dank, earthy hops; gets earthier as it warms.
Palate: Medium body, fairly lively carbonation.
Flav.: Earthy, woody, stern malts, some dank green hops, dry and a wee smidge of bitterness.
I won’t have trouble drinking the second bottle in the fridge, but I won’t be stocking the cellar with it either.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark red beer with a head that fizzles down to nothing. Aroma is thin and malty sweet. The flavour is is light, with some hoppiness in the beginning and end with a malty midsection. Straightforward, a little boring, but it went good with my steak, so I gave it a couple bonus points.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 500 ml bottle - pours a very deep red/brown with a whipped off-white head. Very faint aroma of dark fruits and some brown sugar. Flavour similar to the nose, but with a very slight bitterness in the finish as well as a hint of molasses. Nice. Body on the thin side. Nothing too exciting, but well-made and sessionable.
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - OCT 15, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Deep red, really red. Not much nose. Mostly just boring malts on the flavor. This was a bit like eating bread without anything on it, except maybe some butter gone slightly funky. Strangely uninteresting and simple flavor. Maybe I was just having a bad beer day.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Average and disappointing. Tried this one on tap at the cute Tolkien House in Zagreb, Croatia. Found the body to be appallingly thin, with just a hint of beery goodness. Really could be better.
FatPhil (13606) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle (as Mollings).
Deep red colour, thin head. Mild beeriness in the aroma. Middle-of the road ale style - similar to many Scottish ones - mostly malt influenced, sweet, and with gentle hopping. The hops are the thing which stay around the longest in the finish though, which is nice. Very quaffable. As it warms, the burntness comes over a little more.
daniele (7959) - ITALY - OCT 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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mike5203 (38) - Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not so bad, the aroma is very mild pours a nice reddish brown with a off white creamy head. Taste is very mild also, malty with very little hops detected. It is easy drinking but not what I expected. I can drink it but it would not be my first choice.
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ugh...if this is what the Irish like I don’t understand why they drink all the time. Aroma was weak. Hops and caramel are faint. Pour was nice. Dark burnt amber with a one finger white head. Taste was very thin and watery. Caramel and burnt malt with a tad of hops but the water taste (or lack thereof) overpowered this beer. Blah.