Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 Re-rate, LCBO fall release 2007. Nice dark red, small white head. Hints of dust and some fruit in aroam. Tase is pretty good - better than the off bottle I had previously - nice amount of malt, some smoke, lots of dark fruit. Well hopped for the style as well. Even some sweetness as it warms. Pretty good, I’m glad I tried it again. Original 6/4/3/2/8. Bottle. Very dark red, big thick creamy off white head - looks good. Malt and bread aroma. Harsh stale malt taste. Thin watery mouthfeel. Like Kilkenny without the creaminess. Harsh lingering bitter finish. Damn, their stout was excellent but this is pretty poor, best before dec 05 bottle.
OldMrCrow (2160) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 From the bottle.
Pours a deep red-brown, with an ample if somewhat coarse brownish head. The aroma is pretzel malts with a bit of grass; the flavor is a rather sour hops cut with the warmth of sweet malt and roasted grain. Nutty tones, a hint of coffee, hints of smoke. The mouthfeel is almost prickly in its carbonation, but otherwise thin.
Not a bad beer, but not one I’ll hurry to revisit either. A previous rater said it well, emphasizing that despite its positive aspects, "I wouldn’t rate it high as there was no overall impression of high quality."
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark amber with small off-white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is sweet, mostly caramel. Flavor is light and sweet. Pretty boring.
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 7, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Awful! I guess it’s possible I had a bd batch but this stuff had no body and no flavor.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Clear deep ruby, off white medium but well sustained head with nice lacing. Very appealing looking. Faint sweet malt aroma, with barely detectable hops. Medium body dominated by caramel, woody flavor. Little hops in evidence except for the dry, lightly bitter finish.
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille-Odeur caramalisée et d’épices. Rouge-brune avec un col beige semi-crèmeux. Présence de houblon? Goût très amer. Rondeur pleine bouche.--Bottle-Caramalized and spices smell.Dark red color with a beige semi creamy head. Hops presence? Palate mouthful.
argo0 (12124) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(330ml bottle, best by 1/31/06) Clear garnet body topped by a medum beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, cookie, some nutty, peat. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some cookie, tea, nutty. Thin body.
DanielBrown (4112) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity at Birmingham Beer Fest and labelled as Carlow Molings Red (same abv). Nice ruby ale. Roast nutty flavour. Lighter than a Stout, with some meatl, but very nice. Good balance and length of flavour. Liked this a lot.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark tan, no head. Aroma is earthy, dry and grainy. Taste is similar, kind of spicy yet overall pretty mild on the palate. Watery mouthfeel.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled from bottle. Well, I can’t believe I bought this after suffering through the highly average, highly priced Ohara’s Stout. Pours clear mahogany with a creamy light-tan head and intricate lacing. It is an inviting pour. Aroma is faint and one-dimensional: malt (slightly acidic/sour). Flavor is slightly bitter and uninspired. Tastes like black patent was used in lieu of caramelized malts. Quite astringent. Finished dry. No detectable aroma or flavor hops. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Not worth $10/sixer. Not close considering Smithwick’s is WAY better and a few bucks cheaper.