cheap (5089) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2006
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 My first Irish Ale. By the looks of the label, better be good. Pours transparent darker brown almost black. Very little aroma. Hoppy impact on the tongue during the first taste. Label says it’s sweet, not much sweeetness in there. Finish lingers bitter for quite a while. Not tremendously impressed with this style but it is acceptable. Too expensive to buy again at this rating. $3 for a 12 oz bottle.
DrnkMcDermott (2973) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, served at <a href=http://ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/frankfort/ Tribes. Pours deep amber, kind of sherry-like, with a thin bubbly head. Dark malt smell with a slight cherry nose. First taste is nice and, again, bubbly. Then a richly malted brew, with notes of port wine and just a bit of peat. Fine and hearty. I’m rating this pretty high as a great example of the style. Bottle had a "Best by" stamp of 31 Mar 07, so it seemed to be pretty good and fresh.
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma gives light citrus hops and malt character which vaguly reminds me of a veinna, though not very powerful. Taste is thinner again, and the hop character does not balance out the sweetness from the malt.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle-Poured a medium amber color w/a big off white foamy head. Typical roasted aroma you would expect, but a lot more hops than you would normally find in an Irish Ale. Doesn’t have that typical smooth malt drinkibility or bitter finish I associate with a Irish Ale. Really tasted more like an American Pale Ale. Wasn’t bad, jjust wasn’t what I was expecting. Have to mark it down some because it’s really not brewed to the style it’s calling itself.
gnoff (9417) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(500 ml bottle, brought home from Helsingör, Denmark) Clear redbrown color, fluggy tan head. Rosated and a bit metallic scent. Thin mouthfeel. Metallic taste, malty and grainy aftertaste. Low bitterness.
Stefano (1938) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours deep amber with a nice beige head. Tiny malty aroma. Rather different taste with a fairly strong bite in the aftertaste.
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Outstanding Irish Ale. Very smooth and balanced. Not very sweet like some Irish Ale’s. Well rounded and very drinkable.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2006
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Large, foamy, off white head with a bit of lacing. Copper-reddish color. Aroma is earthy, malty, grass. Strange almost wine like burn and sweetness but leaves a light bitter aftertaste. Really not a whole lot of flavor here. Something is missing.
Fin (9175) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (as Molings) picked this up for 99p at the ’Dodgy Deli’ on the Cowley Road 20-09-06. Poursa reddy/brown colour with a lively thick head that went everywhere, very lively carbonated beer. The aroma was a bit sweetish, the taste was of toasted malt and some caramel it had a bit of an edge with bitterness but wasn’t a beer that I would rush out to but again.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (as Molings): Clear mahogany with a thick, rocky beige head. Interesting fruity, wet herb aroma with some sweet dark crystal undertones. Light coffee and roasty flavours and some powdery cocoa notes towards the end with some very short dired herb notes in the back palate. A pleasantly nice low level of carbonation ensured this went down nicely on a cold winter’s evening.