crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 31, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A copper body with red highlights. A minimal tan head that had very little retention. Aroma had a caramel malt presence, a butterscotch note and some citrus hops. Flavor seemed to have a balance of caramel malts and a diacetyl quality. there was some bitter hops. Finish was smooth and light bodied.
JStax (5475) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Martinvanbeer. Thanks! The beer is a clear dark amber with a beige head of foam. The aroma has nuts, toffee, some licorice. Musty and sweet taste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Decent.
chucklemation (1445) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark amber with a very thin white head. Aroma is roast and caramel. Flavor is similar, slightly sweet, with hints of earthy hops. A well-executed if uninteresting Irish red. Tastes good at least.
beer_rookie (419) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2016 Aroma, fruity, almost like a wine, and toffee...Appearance, a crimson color. Darker than probably most of the style. Iím having trouble identifying the color of the head. Iím getting some crazy lacing though....Taste is mediocre. Sweet and malty, some fruitniess in there also... Mouthfeel is smooth very smooth. It finishes very clean and poof, itís gone. No aftertaste...Overall, come on Diamond Bear!! You can do better than this!! Itís okay, but I donít think Iíd buy it again. Naturally Ií rooting for the home team, and usually they make outstanding brews, but this one....eh.....
Okay, I originally rated this over a year ago. Having another offering, and Iím changing my score. Originally, I gave it a 2.5, but now Iím upping it a little.
New things Iíve noticed. Upon opening the bottle, I caught a bit of tobacco, and more toasted malt.
The head is white/khaki color. But I do notice a two tone effect, red and khaki, which is odd. Lacing is very nice.
Taste is nutty and creamy.
Overall, a decent Irish Ale. One that I might try again...
slowrunner77 (10244) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"Nuts, caramel, and citrusy hops, all in good measure. Not a huge fan of the style, but this one is probably a little above average. Lingering hops on the finish, then another little wave of sweets and nuts. Not bad
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 10, 2014
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle: Pours a reddish orange with a thin beige head. Nose is slightly sweet and almost fruity, maybe berries?, and kind of earthy. First sip suggests moon shine was mixed inÖ what? An odd taste that I associate with jet fuel. Some caramel and more berries, doughy. Maybe the yeast was offÖ I just donít like this at all.
Travlr (21661) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared with jackl. Clear deep amber color, white head. Aroma of caramel. Taste is biscuity caramel.
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Guess Who? Bentonville. The pourís deep amber with a small head. Very sweet cocoa and caramel malt. Cowís Tails. Basically a big old wallop of caramel. The taste is turning almost soured red apple. Caramel. Pretty biscuity. Slight bitterness. Medium body, strong carb. Poor stuff.
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle 6/23/14 (Judicious Spirits)-46į in Mug-Pours a ruby red with a small off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and sweetness. Taste of the same with a bit of hops and more sweetness. This light to medium bodied brew is not bad but not good.
jandd1983 (3867) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
It poured a clear amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was of sweet maltiness. The taste was a hint of caramel in the aftertaste. Decent.
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 19, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
I found this one kind of horrid. Pours a pretty amber with a fizzy white head, a decent aroma of malt and caramel. But the flavor is far too sweet, too syrupy, to unbalanced. I didnít finish it.