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

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RATINGS: 730   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Dark brown with a fleeting tan head. Aroma of peat, earthy malt, caramel sweetness. Lively carbonation and watery texture. Flavor was watered down brown ale. Nothing commendable.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (5062) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is very light but seems a little sweet or fruity. Pours a transparent amber with an insignificant white head. Flavor is lightly fruity with a touch of caramel and light roastiness. Very little hops at all. Rather plain and boring.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8228) - 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.

2.7
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 16, 2006
12 oz bottle. Copper pour with a nice tan head. Slightly toasty malt nose, mild sweetness. Flavor is sweet malt, a bit flat in the mouth. Finish is OK, a mild nutty malt with a slight bitter bite. Very slight. Like I gotta work to taste it. Very average red.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (906) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2007
This ale poured a dark red colour with a tan rocky head. To the nose you could smell scents of sugary malts, beef gravy and caramel. First taste was thin and watery with flavours of very light malt and mineralized water. Slight metallic flavour, not bad but there. The finish is thin and malty but thats about it. Not bad but lacking in flavour depth. Ther palate is malt and thats it.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (10555) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle from Tbone_, thanks! Dark amber color. Cinnamon, butterscotch, cookies and the slightest hint of peaty smoke in the aroma. Sweetish, malty, slightly peated flavor with cardemon and cookies. Some nutty bitterness in the aftertaste. Warming ale with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2008
pours a dark caramel color with a one finger fluffy cream colored head. aroma is toasted malt and a touch of hops and nuts with a little dark fruit. has a light to medium body with good lacing and carbonation. flavor is the same as aroma with dust. i will pass.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Poured dark brown with coppery highlights. The head was kind of thick with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was lots of malt and caramelly sweetness. The flavor is dominated by malt that is only barely cut with light spice and sweetness. Transitions downhill quickly into a dry, unpleasant, chalky finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Pours a dark brown. Aroma of malt and caramel. Not that much to it, plain beer but decent enough. I didn’t get as much hop balance out of it as I would have liked. Okay, but I probably wouldn’t have again.


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