djd07 (2536) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at San Diego Airport bar. Pours a clear copper with a small white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is raisin malt and toffee. Medium mouthfeel with a rich malt and caramel. Easy to drink a very good Irish ale from Karl Strauss.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber with beige head. Aroma of caramel, a little floral some nut. Flavor is sweet, malty, hints of alcohol, some nuttiness. Medium body, high carbonation. Overall, not bad!
Jado (389) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Don’t mind an Irish style red ale, and this is a pretty good example of the style. It pours a deep russet red with a fairly tight beige head. Carbonation is lively which lifts the beer. Caramel and malt drive the taste, with a light, flowery overlay of hops. There’s a light flavour of wheat at the back end. Overall, a very acceptable red / amber ale.
JDBaker11058 (1067) - Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: attractive clear coppery-amber pour, with one fat finger of off-white head; minimal lacing. Aroma: caramel, brown sugar, sweet and toasty malts. Taste: caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a bit of raisin and possibly some light maple syrup. Finish: smooth, toasty, slightly sweet, with a pleasant lingering malty-ness. Notes: Now this was just an AWESOME beer. Really malty-tasting, but not a malt bomb per se. While on the sweet side, it wasn’t too sweet. Just a swell, easy drinking beer, and probably the best Irish Ale I’ve ever had. On tap at the downtown SD location.
Maris (849) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 355ml bottle on 20/6/2012. Pours a dark ruby with a big head. Has a slight toffee malt aroma with a little fruit. This is very sweet and malty in the mouth, with lots of toffee and caramel and a touch of dark fruit, It’s a little spicy and nutty, with a very mild bitterness. Not bad, though not overly exciting.
hawthorne00 (2098) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2012
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Amber with a fading beige head. Aroma of toffee, grass, dried fruit. Sweet with dried fruits and toffee, light toast. Some minor citrus notes that don’t fit. Very watery for 5.8%. Finish is sweet with some metal. A bit awful, quite a bit not my sort of thing.
Davros (1725) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby/copper with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows caramel, bready malt, faint cocoa and a misplaced doughy note.
Better flavours, with strong nutty, bready and caramel notes throughout, followed by a mild bitterness.
Body seems pretty watery. Too much carbonation.
hayduke (3080) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I shared this with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. It poured a reddish amber with a big off-white head and light lacing .Nose of dark ripe fruit. and lightly roasted malts Medium body. Mild carbonation. The flavor is caramel malts with little hops. Finish is dry. Seems like an amber to me, and not my favorite style.
ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
At just on cool and into a shaker. Radiant ruby red body that sparkles in the light. No visible carbonation sees the already fragile, frothed up head disappear altogether. Nose has hints of twiggy bark, roasted nuts, sultanas and bitter/sweet raisins all doused sticky, salted caramel. Sweet, sweet, sweeeeeeeeeet! First mouthful is teeth rattling with the ’toffee brittle’ of my youth springing to mind. Treacle and tannic sweet wine, light rust and grain husks dance amongst the toffeeish malts. There is a lively spritz by that otherwise invisible carbonation. Body is light but the cloying sweetness gives the illusion of something bigger. Bitter, sweet and astringent swallow tails off into the land of rusted metal. Starts off great guns but is downhill from there. It is drinkable, but my blood sugar levels just sprang up a few points!! (12fl.Oz, BBE 02/13, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)
ofey (65) - Doncaster, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2012
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
No head as it pours from the bottle, indicated low carbonation.
Lacks any bouquet but the Amber hue was different and its caramelized hop flavour flowed through nicely. Much like drinking pop corn. I’d like to try this again, pulled off a tap though.