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 Shaw’s. 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.
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.
unclemattie (3916) - Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Michelob sampler 12pk, pry off cap. pours deep mahogany red, light tan creamy head. Rich caramel malt, deep malt aroma. nice toasted grain smell. Full flavored malt. Toasted grain flavor is perfectly balanced with a crisp hop bitterness. Medium bodied, very impressing. A job well done by the brewers at A-B for these Michelob beers. Finishes with a slight dryness, bold sticky sweet toased malt, and a light crisp hop presence. textbook and well done. Cheers
FROTHINGSLOSH (4294) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright red-brown color with a large orange-khaki head. The aroma was sour, tangy, fruity and malty with a light caramel undertone. The flavor was tangy, tart and fruity with notes of caramel and nut underneath. The finish was long, fruity and malty. Pretty good.
llcooldave (996) - 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.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 10/9/08. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a reddish hue. Slight off-white head. Malty aromas with hints of caramel and cooked sugar. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Crisp effervescence and a solid bitterness. Bready and slightly spicy with hints of toffee. Decent hop presence. Nice bitterness rolling from spicy malts to the hop finish. Well played!
williamherbert (1168) - 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.
JFGrind (1780) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was my favorite Michelob out of the ’Craft pack’ I purchased. Crisp medium bodied Irish Ale with roasted caramel malts and even a bit of a bite. It’s beers like this that remind me A-B is capable of making decent beers.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Variety pack bottle. Great pour. Decent head that did not vanish for several minutes. Flavor was strong in malt accents, with caramel, nutty roasty cereals. Strong malty aroma. Pleasant to the palate. Nice round finish. Its not the best red ale I’ve had, but as I’ve found with this craft brew collection from Michelob, its a great value.
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, ruby-hued body with a full finger of off-white foam. Irregardless of how it may taste, it does at least look appealing.
Smell: Faintly sweet-scented aroma with modest notes of toasted bread, toasted nuts, and caramel. Noted fruitiness akin to picked berries.
Taste: Maltiness tasting of dry caramel with sturdy tastes of both toast and nuts. Moderate sweetness. Ripe, berry-toned fruitiness. Faintly herbal, earthy hop character, though there’s enough bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Touch of tannic graininess midway through. The body thins slightly as you hit the reasonably crisp, toasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Okay, so while it doesn’t exactly exhibit the relatively richer character of, say, the Samuel Adams Irish Red, it’s still not altogether bad. Delightfully bearable!