changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 Pours a dark color which is almost black with red highlights. Very rich texture, medium head and a lot of lace. Rich chocolate, smokey taste to it with some bold, maybe not so fresh coffee. A slightly bitter finish. Not quite what I thought it was going to be. Glad I tried it.
beerbill (3601) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As I mentioned in my review a couple of days ago of Burger Classic, I’ve been cleaning and organzing part of my basement and building shelves for my beer cellar. A nice dividend was paid this morning in the form of discovering lost reviews I had written. While I still can’t find my review of SPH RIS, at least I can add these now. Here we go...
12 oz. bottle consumed October, 2003. From my old notes...Pours a mostly clear reddish brown with a medium sized off-white head. Pleasant aroma of lightly roasted malt and nuts. The flavor is similar. Medium bodied.
BREWMUSKCLES (2530) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
MELLOW AND SWEET. BETTER LEFT OUT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. GOOD BODY. DARK BROWN FROM ROASTY AND CARAMELLY NUTS. A GIFT FROM A FRIEND EARTHY AND A TOUCH WATERY. SWEET FRUITPUNCHY -
jason (1827) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2005. Decent aroma and red look with thin head and decent activity bubbling up. Flavor is good, mild and balanced. Slight spices used. One of the best Magic Hats from their variety packs.
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear rich amber color with a dense medium head. Full aroma of chocolate, coffee, and a hint of nuttiness. Flavor of roasted malts, nuts and a little sweet. A better beer from MH.
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this one from Magic Hat. Little thin for an Irish Ale (creamier would have been better), but the dark color matches the flavor. Chocolate may have been a little strong, but this one is worth getting when you’re in the mood. I’d love to try it on draft.
Beerdedone (3188) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of yeast, nuts, caramel, and roast. Flavor is caramel, nuts, roasted malts, smooth, and coffee. Good body, decent brew.
LadySusan (756) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This Irsih ale could compete with any beer of its kind for Europe, but it is discontenued.The taste was so original the slite bitterness to it and the dryness that makes it a great Irish ale
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2005? bottle, possibly late 2004, as it’s been discontinued, but anyways, drank it on 3/4/06 compliments of OldGrowth.
Still pours with plenty of carbonation. A tall beige head slowly recedes to a ring atop a deep garnet-to-auburn colored body with some darker mahogany tones in it as well. Fair amount of carbonation in large, forced bubbles. Filtered and crystal clear. The nose, displaying all of the crystal malt, is quite papery/crayon-like, with just the faintest touch of vanilla and some very light clove-like phenols. Heavy mineral water comes to mind as well, compliments of this lovely yeast. Nutty, dry and quite passing and forgettable goes the aroma.
The flavor is a mix of mineral water, light notes of watered down coffee mixed with skim milk and some soily, plant-like hoppiness. A rather vapid, unsettling flavor that you get from drinking an Irish-style ale on nitro. Impressive that they were able to re-create that.....
Extra lean body shows little malt sweetness for comfort, while the carbonation does settle down and allows some moderate toasted notes to work with light honey-buttercream and fruits, but it’s all so fleeting. No alcohol is apparent. In a word, dull.
And no, I don’t think it is unfair to expect better from this beer, even if it is a year or more old. I’ve had plenty of low gravity beers that have held up wonderfully, simply because they were not pasteurized and had been bottle conditioned. No excuse.
Quevillon (2841) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 Bu d’une demi-galon, avec ma mère. C’est las seule bière qui me déçoit parce qu’elle n’est plus. Elle était plus savoureuse que Kilkenny.