Darwenus (528) - Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2014
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Devil’s Backbone mostly makes good beer, but they’ve yet to knock my socks off. Reilly’s Red doesn’t change this. To be honest, this is a pretty pedestrian red ale. The damn thing is too sweet. It pours a pale mahogany color with no real foam, and the aroma is too sweet right out the gate. Almost like peanut butter. You know what it reminds me of? That Bit-o-Honey candy that used to be around when I was a kid. I never liked that. I don’t really like the flavor, either. I like red ale to be rich, but this thing is syrupy. Saccharine. No hop character, no complexity. Just a very artificial tasting sweetness. I will never have this again.
jgb9348 (4626) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich deep ruby tinted light brown coloured body with a nice two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of heavy malt, alcohol, oak, light bourbon, cream and some subdued metallic notes. Medium-bodied; Biting toffee and caramel sweetness up front with a good rich toasted malt backbone with bits of oatmeal and earth noticeable and a sweet grain finish. Aftertaste shows a good depth with a lot of malt and toffee flavour and a little earthy and grass note as well. Overall, a fairly nice red with some more earthy flavours than usual and a light sweetness that lasts well. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia on 30-March-2014 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 18-May-2014.
Maxbier (139) - Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red brown with tan head. Malty aroma with a bit of yeasty grassy scent. Sweet caramel malt with hint of hops and spices. Malt finish.
jackl (4292) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can picked up somewhere in C’ville. The pour’s amber with a tight white head. Pretty neutral, moderately malty nose. Brown bread, glazed donut. A bit of cherry skin. The taste is similar. More caramel, honeyed sweetness. A touch of woody bitterness for balance. Light body, soft carbonation. Solid.
c_lee_burton (40) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can . Small off white head. Smooth with a little bitter taste. Caramel notes. Lots of malt. Traditional red, but I want more bitter like the really good Irish styles.
TheBeerGod (5165) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Copper pour with a short tan head. Lots of fruit, caramel and toffee in the nose with light, earthy hops. Taste is sweet malt, fruit notes, caramel, dark bread, toffee and peach iced tea. Body is medium with a strong, dense bubbly carbonation. Slightly sticky. Ends with more caramel, fruit, dark bready notes, sweet malt, toasted grains, toffee and soft earthy hops.
Beergeek23322 (2129) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
10/5/2013. Sampled at VA Hop Fest. Poured dark amber with an off-white head. Caramel, malt and light fruit aromas. Mostly caramel flavors and a little muted. Not my favorite.
Elwood (3022) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: Draft. It pours a solid red color (shocking, right?) with a small off white head. The nose is mostly caramel and malts. The flavor brings a crackery note to go with the caramel, malt, and a light fruitiness. The hops are subdued but there. A straight forward amber.
BrettTaylor (450) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured as a 2 oz sampler at Virginia Beer Live 2013. May have been suffering from palate blowout. Pours a nice gold color. I would have preferred a bit more malt/caramel flavors, but this was pretty good.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft. Clear orange red color, medium white head. Aroma is floral and fruity. Taste is more fruit.