JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark red in color, no head to speak of. Many bubbles; looks like a glass of cherry Pepsi at a glance. Aroma is of malt and wet, mildewed canvas. Flavor is initially malty, somewhat sour, and finishes chalky and slightly hopped. Rather dry, talcum-like aftertaste. Forgettable.
jaymobrown (1608) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Glowing dark red amber. Good head at first but becomes a wee one soon enough. Not much of a nose, but there's some Earth, ground tones. Good ale texture and feel. Some muted prune flavors mixed in with some malt.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not much in the aroma department except slight herbal and mossy notes. It is colored a very beautiful dark auburn red and starts off with a good sized head. This could just be from the perception that just because Guiness has a big head, all other Irish beers must also therefore have a bif head. Anyways, it dissipated quickly. Thin-ish body and that's not exactly a good thing nor a bad thing. For me, it finished really tart with traits of grapes, currants and other dark fruits. A little puzzling that was. It did then finish like an old, cold, poorly made coffee....all harsh bitterness.
craftbeer (5) - USA - JAN 20, 2003 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Words can't describe this. Truely the nicest red I have ever tasted. Nice red colour, with a perfect Malt and Roast Malt flavour. A true Irish.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beautiful red-amber color. Malt nose, with a strange light herbs hint. Dry taste, some malt and very light roasted malt. Sufficient.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
With the popularity of Irish pubs in the U.S., fortunately I didn"t have to travel all the way to Ireland to try this one. Faint, roasted malt aroma. Foamy/rocky, off white head. Clear, dark red body. Head is almost fully disappating, but the extensive net of Brussels lace almost makes up for it. Light alcohol taste in the finish. Tastes like a dark Bitter. Also a little sour in the finish. This brew is a tease: Not complex enough for my taste buds.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown color with only a hint of red. Hint of peat in the aroma. Slightly sweet malty taste. Much better than Killian's.
Frank (2305) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2007 Red chestnut color. Roasty malty flavor with hints coffee. Very smoky throughout. Unfortunately, it’s a bit too thin for the style. It really ruins the whole thing overall.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Alright, I tried to rate this one seriously, and did the official rating. It smells acidic and unapealing to the nose. First sip, not bad feeling in the mouth, then the swallow and holy cripes a bad metallic aftertaste that took scrounging around to find some old Jelly bellys to get rid of. My overall recommendation is that this one stinks.
boto (1796) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad. Better than the domestic attempts at a true Irish Red. A little pricy, but I’ll be having a few more!