muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (March 2008) sampled a little below cellar temperature from a Unibroue glass. A stable, persistent light tan head bubbles slowly atop the translucent dried-blood body....faintly spicy and malt-sweet on the nose, a bit of brown sugar-caramel and vanilla....the cardamom is actually much more noticeable on the palate, giving the flavor a strong spicy zest and much more interest than the typical Irish, and it is well complemented by a very full body and a moderate sweetness and light woody character throughout....finishes somewhat sharp and hard, dry; low to moderate carbonation. One of MH’s better recent efforts.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: snifter. rich brown color with some reddish hues. khaki color head on top with a moderate retention level. OK lacing.
S: nice rich malty aroma with a nice floral hop smell. slight sour oak tone.
T: nice smooth taste, some caramel from the malts as the backbone, with a good citrusy hop flavor, mostly oranges. really nice flavor for the style.
M: carbonation is a little high. medium bodied, but a little watery. very smooth brew though.
D: a good session beer and a great seasonal for the spring. nothing amazing about it, but it is a good brew.
jtclockwork (13523) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s good, but I didn’t notice a big difference from other Magic Hat offerings. Reddish hue. Roasty ale with some floral nose. Rated 8/1/08
Suede53 (39) - Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Poured a very dark, almost black with a reddish tint with minimal head. Very interesting looking. Aroma was a little roasted coffee and some hops. Taste was very roasted, like a dark coffee with some hoppy kick and a touch of sweetness. Finish was crisp with one last mild hoppy kick. By far, my favorite from the Pandora’s Box sampler (2008).
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice brownish/reddish color with a decent sized tanish/off white head. Has a very inviting smell. A little hint of hops and chocolate/coffee. It has a very drinkably quality to it. Perfect for a spring/summer evening/night.
naivepegasus (361) - USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a reddish brown with about a finger of light beige tan head. Coca and coffee odor. Taste is of burnt toast, chocolate, and coffee, with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste. A decent session beer, but nothing spectacular.
puboflyons (2959) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Jul ’08. Pours more brown then red with a little bit of beige head. Kudos for the smoked, cocoa-like aroma. It was quite pleasing on the nose. Medium mouthfeel and bold. Flavor is sweet, malty, lightly spiced, and even a little fruity. It is complex but it is quite a likeable brew. I’ll have another (and I did).
jrmac (333) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours a good dark brown with a decent enough head. Interesting nose, very floral with malt present. Very complex, but a bit watery for my taste. Still not bad, but I am glad I got this in the variety back instead of six.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pretty good Irish beer, with some smokey notes, and lots of malt. much better than any macrobrews.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taps at Capital Ale House. Clear dark amber brown with small white head.
Aroma is lightly spicey with notes of cardamon and roast malts. Floral and fruity flavors with lots of cardamon. Lightly carbonated. Finish is moderatly dry with some lingering floral and spicey flavors. The spice in an Irish Red is a bit unorthodox but interesting anyway.
Ibrew2or3 (8008) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of CigarCityBrew. Pours amber with off white head. The aroma is all over the place with rich roasty malts, sweet malts, licorice, flower pedals, nutmeg, cherries and picnic basket. Wow, lots going on. The taste starts rich sweet and roasty with mild berry fruitiness, some rounded off tartness, mild earthiness, honey, flower pedals, sweet licorice candy, dark hard candy and ending with mild malt sweetness and grainy maltiness. Everything comes together pretty nicely for me here. Yum.