Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2006
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma is nice and malty, with Tootsie Roll-like chocolate, toasted grain, and caramel. Mild fruity hops. Dark brownish-red clear, with very little head to it. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with quite a bit of harsh carbonic acidity and good hit of dry bitterness. Malty taste, with chocolate and burnt sugar. Tinny diacetyl flavors. Finish is bitter, though flat and a bit harsh without all the nice floral essences afforded by better hoppy beers. After is malty and bitter, with quite a chalky feeling and mild metallic tang. Quite drinkable, but not one I’d have over and over.
BuffaloBrewed (42) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the brewery. Very dark red in color, maybe even a little bit cloudy. The smell features strong malts and a roasted chocolate note. The taste is sweet and malty but it still has a good bite to it. The beer’s flavor lingers in your mouth for a while This is a really good red ale.
guzzler67 (1597) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown appearance with a tiny head that left decent lacing. Earthy, caramel malt aroma. Medium-bodied with a peaty, roasted malt taste. Slightly sweet finish.
adrian910ss (2445) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark amber reddish color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is full of malty roasted nuts. Taste is malty with strong nutty overtones. Has a slightly smoked cigarrette aftertaste. Average at best.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is faint sour nutty malts. The flavor is sour, nutty and roasty. Tastes more like a brown ale than an Irish Red.
beastiefan2k (2963) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 12 oz bottle poured into a small goblet glass from La trappe (just bought the glass, it came with the Quad as a bonus). Pours a very dark red almost brownish. No head but a small lacing sticking to the sides. Smell is present - malt driven. Bready, sour sweetness of cherries and tangerines, and a roasty coffee aspect. Humm, even some chocolate. I am starting to "get" Irish Ales. This and the Hooker I had were both malt driven in subtle ways. Its not in your face but there. Taste is light well balanced in fruitness, coffee and sweetness. The aftertaste is amazing. A sweetness sticking to your tongue and cheeks. Nothing really strong but nice. Average mouthfeel and low bitterness.8/3/8/3/15.
Rerate, its been about 6 months since I had this, I feel like I am drinking from the same batch and it has changed for the better. The fruit flavors have vanished and the sweet chocolate flavors emerged. An ESB character with buterscotch sweetness is coming out as well. I am more impressed with the color, which is very dark but still red. This really is a good Irish Ale. 8/4/8/3/16.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a dark ruby-brown with a foamy but craggy and unruly light tan head-- the pint looked like some kind of science experiment. Aroma of earthy dark caramel malt, with some dried cherry or plum notes and a trace of yeast extract. Off-sweet malt, musty and muddy flavors, with dried fruit esters and some medicinal herb notes. A bit of bitteness on the finish, but not particularly hoppy. Medium palate, fairly carbonated. Generally OK, but I wouldn’t look for it again.
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle as a bonus in a trade with Rudolf:
Pours a deep red with a small white head that faded to a nice ring. Slight vegetal aroma with a touch of burnt toast. Flavor is nutty and a little bit bit of biscuits.
Pailhead (6016) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Courtesy of rudolf via Secret Santa. Aroma is burnt caramel, nuts , and a hint of some fruit. Pours a transparent reddish-brown with an insignificant off-white head. Moderate sweet caramel and a touch of fruit up front. Hints of nuts, burnt flavors, and chocolate in the middle. Finishes with a light roasty bitterness.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Colter Bay. Pours a cloudy deep amber with a beige sticky head. Aroma is very sharp sweet dark crystal malt- burnt caramel and a slight smoke to it- with a decent citrus hoppy balance. Flavor was a bit too sweet and harsh on the palate despite its big body. Seems as though there was too much very dark crystal malt used.