thornecb (5278) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear mahogany into a Sam glass. Off-white micro head slowly pancakes as it recedes leaving trailing sheets. Toffee, molasses and roasted nut aromas. Sweet caramel upfront turning dry in the abrupt toasted grain finish.
ClarkVV (5137) - 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 itís 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 itís all so fleeting. No alcohol is apparent. In a word, dull.
And no, I donít think it is unfair to expect better from this beer, even if it is a year or more old. Iíve had plenty of low gravity beers that have held up wonderfully, simply because they were not pasteurized and had been bottle conditioned. No excuse.
cheap (5086) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brownish color pour with a head that fades rapidly. Plain ol beery aroma. Friendly initial low alky malty taste makes this presentable. Decent amount of co2 on the palate. Comes across a little creamy. Yes, friendly and rather easy. I was expecting something overly malty for some reason but this is not too bad! Picking up some carob in there I think. Good overall beer experience. Probably could drink a few of these at a stiing. More like a mild ale.
markwise (5082) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Magic Hat. Pours a red-Amber with a white head. Nose is some malt, toast, slight fruit, some plum, and a dry yeast. Flavor is similar with toast, malt, slight plum, and mild fruit. Light in body and a nice Irish red overall.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I dont think I have ever had a true Irish red ale before, but i really liked this. Very dark red color with very slight head. Nice carbonation- lots of malt and some hops. This is just a good drinking ale- very smooth.
CapFlu (5047) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle) Deep brown body with an almond head. Roasted malt nose and flavour but clean finish. Lacks punch.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aurelius (4919) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Initial aroma put me off, but this smelled a lot better after the pour -- hops, coffee, pale malt, some muted toffee. Decent label, a lightened porter coloring, beady tan head. Nicely hoppy, some sweet creaminess, lots of peaty twang and roastiness. Some muted cereal flavors underneath. Long-lasting hop finish on a medium body. Tangy on the lips. I get the distinct feeling that this would be a lot better from the cask, as it reminds me of a good brewpub ale. Definitely better as it warms.
badgerben (4767) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a thin head. Good aroma of cocoa and coffee. The taste stays the same and gains some sweet malt. I thought this was a stout; it seems completely at odds with the Irish Ale style. Well balanced and rounded.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have this beer a number of times in the past, but it was always served too cold to really get the full aroma and flavor. Too bad this one is now retired I would say it was one of the top in the Magic Hat Variety Packs. Pours a darker reddish brown with an average tan lightly lacing head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malts and nuts. Flavor of roasty malts, nuts, a little butter and I was even getting some coffee in both the flavor in the aroma. Light but it was there.