John Harvards Celtic Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
John Harvard's makes a hoppy version of this Irish ale in honor of St. Patrick's Day. We use pale and roasted malt for the deep color of this beer. Available in March

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5775) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2015
UPDATED: APR 15, 2015
Location: Draft at the Union Station brewpub (Providence), 3/28/15

Aroma: The aroma is caramel and light toffee, with herbal notes, and some light earth.
Appearance: It has a dark orange/amber pour, with a beige head, and some mid-heavy lace.
Flavor: It has a balanced flavor, somewhat sweet, light bitter, and fairly clean.
Palate: This one is medium bodied with average carbonation, somewhat smooth, lightly dry finish.
Overall Impression: This is a solid, drinkable beer. Nice flavor. Overall, this one is enjoyable and well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 18, 2007
Tap @ Lake Grove: This poured a mostly clear chestnut color. The aroma and flavor were pretty much the same. Decent toasty and caramel malt with some mild fruitiness to it. Mildly sweet on the flavor. Light peaty notes. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6842) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled at the Monroeville PA location this beer poured a ruby chestnut color with a small tan head. The aroma was lightly sweet and roasty. The flavor was lightly sweet with a hint of smoke and moderate fruity hops. The finish is long, smooth and tangy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (3270) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2006
@ Framingham location, late march í06. Ok nose, peaty, woody, earthy, nutty. Clean reddish brownish black color. Good head that faded quickly. Minor lacing. Bittersweet roasty chocolate caramel. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, sweet kind of bitter dull finish. Not bad, I wish I wrote sown the abv beacuase i think it was more than 6% listed

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2006
malty nose, dark chocolate color. spicy, flavor with slight hop taste. very watery but the second best beer of the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2005
on tap. ok beer. Malty sweet aroma. poured dark, with a very thin head. Flavor was overly sweet, with notes of carmael and malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Draft at the Framingham location: I didnít care too much for this one. Poured dark brown with a medium tan head and notes of ruby in the body. Light roasted mlt roma with a stale refrigerator smell mixed in with some choclate and licorice. Flavor is lightly sweet with hints of chocolate and licorice. Mild alcohol burn. Slightly porterish. Also available on cask here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 On tap Framingham loc. 5/13/2005. Near opaque brown-auburn color, with a light beige head, good retention. Light lacing. Smells of toffee, lots of crystal malt and tons of sugar. Flavor gives off notes of caramel and toffee, mainly, while there is a subtle hint of peat and chewy, moist brown bread. Dr Gonzo notes that it is too sweet, and I agree, it is a bit on the sweet side, without much in the way of bitterness (actually, no bitterness). Caramelized sugar, brown sugar, toffee. Good body, though (from all of the malt). Low to moderate carbonation, not watery. Finishes with a hint of grassiness, mostly sugary dough and caramel. More of a scotch ale, IMO, but I canít back that up.6/4/6/3/11
On cask. Good cask pour, except that itís ridiculously cloudy. Aroma of light fruit, lots of sweet butterscotch and cream. Flavor is VERY off. Another beer from Harvardís that I couldnt finish. Horrible alcohol sharpness, sour notes, sweet table sugar and almost something like spoiled milk. Yikes. Sticky, overly sugary body.5/3/3/2/7
Yet another sample on draught shows this one to be overly sweet, simple, and having problems with some sharpness/acidity and perhaps alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2005
On tap in Framingham. Dark brown color, medium off-white head. Smells like dark raisin bread, caramel and malt. Very little hops noticeable. First few sips are punishingly sweet, very off-putting. Medium body, smooth carbonation. Has some bitterness in the finish eventually, but like some of Johnís other brews, I get some cardboard notes. Overall this is too sweet for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2004
Light amber in color with a small white head of foam. Malt aroma with a roasted note. A mellow roasted malt flavor,with a bitter/sweetness, that's dominated by malt and breadiness.

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