smcd (366) - USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft. 03/2006). This was a tasty brew. Malty aromas, particularly from colored malts, with notes of caramel and toffee. No hop aroma. Deep, clear, red. No head. Deep, caramelly flavors and notes of toffee, again. Malty. Medium-full palate and a bit sticky.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a dark amber brew with a nice thick layer of creamy head.Nose wasn’t much,some malts maybe but nothing stood out here in the aroma or flavor.
FoolishMortal (983) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Hazy red brown and orange. Medium sized offwhite head. Earthen musty smells with caramel and slight toastiness. Dusty, oxidized flavors with burnt caramel and faint toasted malt. Butterscotch finish. Mouthfeel is medium and pretty creamy.
PorterPounder (4960) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up at a non-descript liquor store in the Tenderloin District in downtown San Francisco - 22 oz bomber. Murky, dark orange pour with a slight, off-white head. Sweet, cotton candy like aroma. Flavor has some citrus notes, baked bread, caramel, and cake mix. The finish is full of earthiness. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. One of the most flavorful Irish ales I have had to date.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The bottle overflowed upon opening, and it was not shaken. Malt and sherry aroma, red and auburn in color. Again lots of brewer’s yeast with this brand. Taste is actually good, malty and sweet with bit of bitterness. Aftertaste has something kind of skunky, could be the yeast. Loomis said this was too expensive for what it is, I have to agree.
SDalkoholic (2017) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A red and amber colored hue with lot of dust and sediment floating around inside. Head is thin but has a fast retention and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. Aroma is sweetly caramel malt and butterscotch scented. Smooth and bit creamy with low levels of carbonation during the drink. Indeed the flavor is malt and caramel as stated but some bitterness from the hop used is also present.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malt forward as is appropriate for the style. Sweet and caramel palate. Some roast and caravienne malt notes.
Almost no bitterness and just a touch of toffee. Sweet and sticky finish no defects.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber/brown with no head. Sweet aromas of carmel malt. Flavor is quite unique. A bit nutty to complement the malty character. Nice medium/full body. Smooth. Finish is dry and leaves a bit of that nutty malt on the tongue. Had this one next to a hoptown paint the town red and a albion amber. Actually my first sips of this beer were much better than the latter ones. As time goes on the beer becomes increasingly sweet and develops a bit of colt 45 flavors. No thanks.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a froth monster. Very fizzy and you must pour slow. Whiskey like, sweet alcohol aroma, with caramel and cherries. Big head but little rockiness. Glowing red amber in color with some chunky floaties. Very sweet cherry flavor, some sticky caramel, and a slight hoppy spice kick. The alcohol isn’t apparent in the flavor. Very tingly on the tongue, as presumed by the bubbler. Not too shabby.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2005 (22 oz bottle: $3 at Moylan’s Brewing Co. in Novato, CA) Fairly sweet maltiness, caramely, and rather yeasty, with a strong, floral, fresh tasting, and mildly bitter hops for reasonable balance, though the floral nature of this beer really dominates the finish. The aroma of sweet, perfumy, floral hops dominates the nose, but is only moderately aromatic. The sweetness really hangs on the palate and becomes a bit tiring. Deep, ruddy amber in color with just a slight haze, so the beer is still relatively translucent. Very carbonated pour yields over an inch of creamy, light tan head that shows excellent retention. A quarter-inch of head caps the beer until the glass is emptied. This is a pretty ordinary beer overall, and floral dominance is a bit much.