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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A malty beer with a notable toasty flavor derived from lightly roasted malt. Slight fruit and hop accents add to the overall complexity. Available Mid-January to late March


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Thanks to CB & TAR for sending me this Irish Ale; I say Great Folks ya’ll!
Pours a rich mahogany body and a wispy but discernable head. The aroma is malty and sweet… it smells like it will have a dry finish…. Kind of musty and fruity but it just seems like the finish will not linger around. The flavor is exceptionally malty.. earthy and delicate, has notes of cedar wood and some peppery likeness, maybe a notch of clove, but certainly sharp. The finish is as I had anticipated… it’s gone without a trace of ever having arrived.
This beer has such a aridness and earthy quality to it… that’s where all the uniqueness is found.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4597) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: APR 15, 2011 Original Rating, March 29, 2004: Pours a dark amber color with not much of a head. Aroma is very much of grain. The taste... holy malted barley Batman! It kinda tasted like Grape Nuts. A little wheat and some hops to slightly balance the flavor, but pure barley is the overwhelming contributor. I liked it, but I can certainly understand why many wouldn’t.

Re-rating, April 15, 2011: Copper color with a small head. Aroma of caramel malts and a bowl of cereal, like Cheerios. Light caramel flavor. Smooth graininess. Slightly buttery, but not in an infected way. Same score.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Dark amber color,small off white head that faded quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was malty sweet with a light honey like quality,some fruit and maybe some toffee hints.The flavor was malty and toffeeish with a decent amount of hops showing towards the end and a light fruit accent.The toffee has an almost burnt character to it towards the end.Not a bad brew at all but i guess i'd have to say i'm not to fond of the burnt like flavor,maybe i just needed more then one for a better review of this brew.Thanks to Jpdipso for sending this brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Orange, amber. Thin offwhite head. Smells sweet and malty. Very nice flavor. Very light, a little dry, no real bitterness from the hops which surprises me. Nice and subtle.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (5069) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 21, 2004
This bottled brew from Masterbruewer poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored long lasting bubbles. The body was softly carbonated transparent and red brown colored. The aroma was very mild and almost non-existent with only a slight red malt scent to it. The mouth feel was mildly bitter with a medium malt hop bite. The flavor was a somewhat weak red beer flavor with mild malt and hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Pours a clear copper bronze with a puffy off-white head. Aroma is mildy dry and caramely malty. Body has a nice caramel sweetness and lightly toasted sugary malt flavor. Finishes dry and grainy. A nice Irish ale. Thanks Drew!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 On tap, St. Patricks day: Cool red color. Malty nose. Full bodied, with lots of sweet carmel and chocolate malt flavors. Very nice toasted malt presence, too. A little bit of hops appear at the finish, but this one was pretty much a "malt forward" beer. I could drink this stuff all the time.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 Deep golden color (far from the "ruby red" the bottle claims), beautiful creamy, dense, lasting head which leaves impressive lace. Fruity sweet aroma. Sweet caramel and fruit-juicy flavors, quite malty and nicely balanced. Medium body is perfect. Very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Deep copper color with small off white head. Nice caramel malt aroma. medium bodied, with a nicerich caramel malt taste with some light fruitiness for balance.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Amber color with medium beige head.Sweet fruit flavor with some hop to it.Well balanced with a caramel feeling towards the end. Finishes with a small bite.


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