kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(sample at 2012 STL Brewers Heritage Festival) deep red-amber with tah head. Sweetish malt aroma. Bready malt with some dark fruits in the flavor.
gregwilsonstl (1090) - Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very dark brown, not red. Tastes very malty, like under fermented extract. No head. Has potential.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from the Augusta beer fest. Going off notes. Poured a darker amber color with a smaller off white head. Aroma was candies, molasses, and lots of malts. Flavor was dark fruits, cherry, and I think vanilla. Very long finish. Heavy on the palate. Very decent beer.
seymour (1435) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on tap at the brewpub. Appeared a very dark brown color. The red hue was only visible when held up to a light. Chill haze, moderate off-white foam, subsided quickly, some lace. Aromas and flavors were typical to Irish Red Ales, just amplified. I wouldn’t say anything was doubled, but it was hoppier, roastier, heavier bodied than normal. I find it very, very hard to believe this is really 8.6% alcohol, but perhaps it is masterfully hidden. My friend said it tasted like a bigger, better Killians Red, which I’m sure is what Ferguson was going for. Pretty good, definitely worth a try.
Bif (1445) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in a snifter at the Brewhouse. Has a deep amber color with a small tan head and some lacing. Sweet aroma of malt and fruit with a hint of grain. Flavor is a mixture of fruit and chocolate sweetness with a hint of grain. A mild bitterness and clean finish. A fairly full body, quite smooth and well balanced. Good sipper on a cold autumn day. Nothing fancy, just a nice offering of the style. Worth a try.
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Augusta Bottoms Festival. This poured a nice amber red and was hazy. A decent foam on top. The nose was of rich malt and softer fruit. Not bad at all. The flavor was that rich and sweet malt as the lead. Those fruity hops were also tasted along with a bit of grass. The hops werevthe after taste and it was airy and grasdy. This was good.
jandd1983 (2566) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured a copper color with a tan head. The aroma was very malty with some woodsy notes. Medium bodied and carbonation. The flavor was malty, but quickly becomes pretty hoppy, strong and somewhat bitter. Some toasted malt seems to come out towards the finish. Seems to have all the pieces there, very decent Strong Ale.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First tasted 9/22/11. Went back for another a few days later. These notes are from 9/25/11. Tulip from the Brewpub. Hazy with a dark brown, almost opaque hue. Finger width of tan bubbled head. Sugary aromas with notes of sweet breads and mild candied strawberries. Full bodied but nicely blended. Nice, sticky sweet palate. Dark rustic breads in the malt bill. Red berry sweetness with a dark chocolate note. Very rounded and a good, high gravity, sweet sipper! I really enjoyed this brew both times around!