llcooldave (1032) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I did not expect too much from this offering from Michelob but I was pleasantly surprised. Dark hazy amber brown in appearance, with a nice yeasty bready aroma with a nuttyness added in. Flavor was a clean roasted malt with a slight herbal hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Overall this is a nice sipping brew for the winter.
LinusStick (2757) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not too bad. Aroma was roasted malt and caramel, but a little weak. Pour was a nice deep brown with a one finger off white head. Taste was very thin. Bitter roasted malt dominates, with some caramel coming in and out. The taste disappears after the swallow. Little carbonation. With more flavor and some carbonation this couldve been in the 3s
bubbleflubber (1712) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very nice pour, deep amber into the glass with a nice eggshell-tan head that leaves trace lace. Light caramel malt to the nose. The flavor is somewhat doughy, with a hint of toasted caramel malt. The finish is subdued and lackluster. The mouthfeel is a little watery and lacking of complexity. Just a very mediocre Irish Red, unfortunately.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body has a deep reddish or crimson amber color with good clarity. Its head is tall, light and foamy with a light tan, almost peachy color. The head slowly fizzles down to a very thin covering and makes just a little bit of slick patchy lacing.
Smell: The aroma has a very sweet and malty character with a hint of doughy yeast and a touch of spicy hops.
Taste/Mouth feel: There is a big malty sweetness with notes of caramel and sweet bread. There are also some buttery notes mixed in there as well. Hop flavor is light and has a light spicy, leafy and mineral-like presence. The hop flavor is picked up more in the finish with a light bitterness fading off the tongue. The texture is light and easy drinking with a medium body and average carbonation.
Notes: Overall I would say that this is a solid beer with good drinkability.
arventresca (538) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Reddish with white head. Creamy beer. Smelll of fruit and malt. Once again not bad, but nothing spectacular. It was smooth I will say.
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A medium khaki head tops a beautiful deep red mahogany. The aroma is rich deep caramel with some fresh cut wood. There is also a little bit of leather. The taste has some dry woodiness with a little bit of burning trash. There is also some weird bitter pear seed taste. A strange brew, that is drinkable, but not worth seeking out.
Aurelius (3908) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cold, it has a boggy smell with some dark malts. Good embossed bottle, solid label, foggy mahogany colored with a thin off-white head. Overall, this has a good balance. Not intensely sweet, especially cold. I would have just guessed that this was an American Red, but the line is blurry. Think that there are some of the standard German Bud hops in there. Woody bittering lingers for quite a while. Overall, the finish was a little too acidic. Medium body. This is a solid brew. Publix supermarket, part of the craft brew mix-pack.
junon (388) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice. Surprised the hell out of me with this one, Michelob. Pours real dark and more brown than red Id say. Nose is fairly light but noticeable caramel and woody aromas. Taste is just the right amount of sweet and dry. Creamy mouth feel that really put it over well with me.
wxman (1340) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark ruby color with a full light tan head. Toasted malt aroma along with some breadiness. Dry crisp taste not sweet at all. Flavor of the malt dominates somewhat buttery along with toasted bread characteristics. Not really my idea of an Irish Ale but an enjoyable brew nonetheless.
drpimento (2102) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2008
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Interesting, sort of. This is way better than their Marzen. Poured with some head and lace. Nice red color. Malt and again some circus peanuts in the aroma. Lots of toasty malt in the flavor with a bit of sweetness to balance. Has an unusual character of "old beer" though. Body is full. Might or might not order another.