ARH (518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner & english pub glass. Aromas of caramel and dough emanate first, but then fade. A sugary, cola note pokes through next with a slight hint of a spice (clove?). A clear, crisp toasted bread aroma follows this, and finally, it settles on a grape-y, peach-y juice-like aroma. It should be noted that all these aromas are light, and, with the exception of the spice note I couldn’t quite pin, were fairly clear to an amateur such as myself (I justified an extra point beyond just average for that). The head is a notable, fluffy and soft, beaten egg-white texture (although light tan in color). The bubbles are a consistent micro-bubble that sits atop a clear, effervescent, honey-colored beer. There is a slight chill haze that, of course, fades as it warms. It leaves behind a moderate, micro-bubble lacing on the glass. The taste is a medium level of dry sweetness with a light bitter, and very very light sour note (lemon sour). This beer definitely has a dry quality to it that’s pretty evident in the initial palate-feel. It’s medium bodied, oily-light textured, with a soft, but zippy (soda-like) carbonation (in moderate amounts). The flavor is mostly a roasted nut, caramel, and grape candy character. It finishes with a blackened toast flavor which lingers, but it’s a mellow lingering.
Darkmagus82 (1781) - - AUG 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-27-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep amber color with a one finger just slightly off white head. The head has a pretty good level of retention, slowly fading to leave spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is heaviest of toasted malt and a sweet caramel aroma. Mixed with these are a light toasted bread and fruit aroma of apple and some spice.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and toasted malt flavor with a lightly caramel sweetened flavor as well. As the flavor advances more the caramel fades more toward the middle with a light fruit flavor taking its place. The roasted malt flavor dwindles as well as the flavor moves on with a more doughy like flavor replacing it. In the end some light spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg as well as a light earthy hop come to the tongue. In the end a quite pleasant light roasted malt cider and spice flavor is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is a bit on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the more average to just above average side. The slightly higher carbonation is nice for keeping the drinkability, but not too high to take away from the aspects the thicker body accentuates- the roasted and spiced flavors of the brew.
Overall – As should be of no surprise this is another good brew by Great Lakes. It has a nice blend of roasted and sweet flavors while still maintaining great drinkability but still remaining quite proficient in flavor.
rollsrace (61) - - AUG 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good Irish ale. Slightly hopsey finish. It’s got that great lakes brewery taste. Kind of light and sweet.
tectactoe (2156) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 Bottle: Rusty, sunburst orange with a decent clarity about it; quickly growing, eggshell colored cap that sits nice & fluffy, leaving generous lacing behind,.Malty sweet aroma with rich caramel, butter toffee, some vaguely fruity hops, wet grass, a hint of stale toast. Taste is even maltier with sweet, rich toffee, buttered toasted & bread, caramel, & a moderate metallic flavor running through it all. Touch of burnt grain & graham cracker. A little bit of floral leaves & grassy hops help to balance a bit, injecting a faintly citric note that is best described as orange. Nutty, woodsy, lightly metallic, toasted malt finish. A little sticky sweet & cloying with warmth.
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice irish/red ale. Amber pour with off white head. Some lacing. Light nose. Solid malt profile with some depth and character. A bit of hoppiness balanced with a nice nutty finish. Quite drinkable.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body has light amber honey color with very good clarity. On top it forms a big creamy off white colored head. The head slowly fades but hangs on well and make cool rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is mostly sweet with hints of lightly roasted grains, bready yeast, light hops and some mild fruit notes. Its flavor has a good solid medium body with a sweet malty character that is tempered with just enough leafy hops for some balance. There are notes of bread, light caramel malt, orange marmalade and mild hops. The palate is smooth, slightly slick and easy drinking with mellow carbonation.
rdixon77 (801) - Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid red. Amber pour. Toasted malts, caramel, medium carbonation with pretty decent balance. Tad sweet, but drinkable.
MarkoR (536) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle bought on a recent trip to PA. Pours a copper amber colour with small white head. Aroma is roasted malt, floral. Taste is pretty much the same. Very decent Irish Ale.
Berard (328) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours red in color with thin white head that lingers. Caramel malt aroma with mild carbonation. Balanced hop flavor with a bit of sweetness. Nice caramel flavor with some complexity.
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BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is buttered bread and toast with no hop aroma. Appearance is reddish amber color with thin off-white head. Flavorist light caramel upfront followed by a stronger buttered toast flavor. Finish is grain malt toast. Mouth feel is medium to light body as style. Moderate to heavy carbonation. Overall impression is malt forward with an overall buttered toast aroma and flavor. My feel is accurate to style.
lukedarock (176) - Howell, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great lookin good tasty medium body beer that I would enjoy anytime, flavor is there but not too much, deceny