BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Shawís. Pours a dark red copper body with a thin film of light tan head. Smells fruity, nutty, with some caramel. Nut and caramel jump out of the flavor, with a fair bit of a fruity sweetness. Medium in body with moderate body, and easy drinking. Nothing stellar, but a solid example of the style, tasty and drinkable. A good brew.
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well it does in fact start malty sweet and fade to a dry finish, as they claim, but the dry finish is too much; it really knocks you over. The aroma is malty and sweet with touches of cinnamon. Nice head and great color!
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
8/12/09 from 12oz bottle. Aroma is all malt with a sweet/sour caramel note balanced by a black pepper background. Appearance is faintly hazy copper with a very well maintained cream colored head. Flavor matches well with aroma, with a slight earthy addition added to the maltiness and low bittering.Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a seemingly low carb feel that still lingers on the tongue. Overall, not bad, but could be a bit richer.
williamherbert (1509) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glassy red (or dark orange). Some root beer-like head. The color of a lava lamp.
Sweet roasted malt, not really bitter. Nutty, kinda like a roasted brown. Only slightly sweet. Roasted malt of a Smithwicks with a Guinness.
A tiny bitter Irish bite. Slightly sweet, akin to the sweetness of an Oktoberfest. Some nice roasted malts (more bitter with warmth). Nutty and not overly bitter.
Milky but a little bubbly fizzy. Some nice bite. A solid, slightly bitter, slightly sweet Irish ale. A nutty red ale.
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Patís variety Michelob case. Brownish medium pour with 3-finger off-khaki head. Nose is malt, hops, brown sugary. Tastes on the sweet side, very caramel malty, with very mild hops and a brown sugary flavor. Not very complex, and muddles more as it warms.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2009
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I havenít had too many "Irish Ales" but Iím pretty sure this isnít the best representation of the style. Actually has some a decent malt character to it, especially for a macro. No hops really. But hey... I didnít puke when I drank it, so cheers!
jimhilt (2559) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a four finger very light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear red/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is roasted to almost burnt malt, hops almost balance. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a clear reddish-brown with a small khaki head that collapses fairly quickly. The nose is sweet, fruity and malty with no discernible hops in support. Light-bodied and effervescent it finishes a bit tinny. Sweet and malty, the flavor more-or-less follows the nose with the diminishing contribution of an odd, light plastic/medicinal note thrown into the mix. If they just added some bittering hops to the recipe, this could be a pretty solid offering from AB. As it is, however, itís just way too sweet for my tastes.
nuplastikk (5796) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Amber-brown, ok, red color. Looks filtered. Stale malt flavor, tastes old. Corny, sugary, some caramel malt as well. What a crappy beer. Drinkable, in a cut off from civilization kind of way. Not good.
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Reddish pour. Tons of caramel malt in the nose and all over the tongue. A bit sweet. Odd bitterness. Meh.