Brewed by Carlow
Style: Irish Ale
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 779   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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A traditional light hop flavour balances the sweet malty caramel taste. The addition of a pinch of roast barley during the brewing process lends a distinctive roast bite which is balanced by a crisp dry medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 24, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6698) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 Bottle (BB Feb 09). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted/roasted grain, cereal, husks), lightly hoppy (herbs), with light notes of diacetyl, gum, tea, mint, and scorched earth. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation. Fresher sample, still kind of odd. Diacetyl and cereal-like malt brings it down, but there are some interesting subtleties under there too. Always been on the fence about this one...promising but flawed, and unfortunately the flaws are too strong to look the other way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2625) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Pours a light tan head, good retention and plenty of stringy lace. Clear dark amber brew with an attractive ruby red glow. Nose is light malts, nutty and dry. Body is light, crisp. Light malt flavors, nutty with a touch of caramel. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Draught. The word that best describes this beer is MALTY. Not sweet. Any hops that might have been hiding in this beer have been beaten down by the prominent brown sugar and molasses aromas/flavors. Moderate carbonation. Thin off white head with nice lace. If you like malty beers without hop bitterness or hop flavor this one is for you.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8554) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2005
12oz bottle. Dark brown and deep red appearance. Light nose of sweet maraschino cherries and sweet sugary maple. However, it’s empty, bland, simple and a little musty. Very light pasty flavors of cloth, paper and other bland items. Almost undescribable in it’s blandness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5536) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Bottle. Mahogany colored body with a small tanned head. Nose is slightly roasted with caramel, sweet malts, and light cocoa. Taste is slightly bitter chocolate, caramel, lightly roasted malts, and hints of sugar and cream laden coffee. Body is medium and moderately carbonated. Light lingering roatsed bitterness. Finish is roastier, burnt caramel notes, slight hints of coffee, and sweet maltiness. Not bad. Drinkable but nothing I haven’t had before.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5703) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2005
500 ml bottle, as "Molings Traditional Red Ale / Traditional Celtic Beer", bought in Denmark. Chestnut colour, large cream-coloured head. Very moderate aroma of malts and caramel. Malty flavour with some toffee and a noticeable bitterness, but not very complex or remarkable. Drinkable of course, but this is a beer that probably would be a lot better if cask or bottle conditioned. It’s not, which makes it not that much better than "average".

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
I don’t understand why this is rated so low. I thought the flavor was indescribably smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3207) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
Bright dark amber hue, with reddish highlights, a tan-colored foamy head, caramelized malt, roasted grains, bready, malty aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palater with grainy, nutty, malty character, sweet roasted grains, toasty malt, caramel malt, in a low hopping finish.

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