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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Celtic brewers used caramel malts and roasted barley to impart a deep red color and rich malty flavour to their ales. Starting with this historical style, we worked for over two years developing and perfecting our 21st Century version. After countless tastings and adjustments, we arrived at O’Dempsey’s Big Red. It’s Big. It’s Red. An Irish-Style Red Ale with a North American attitude. All the body you want with just the right amount of hoppy goodness. Enjoy.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle. A rich brownish red colored brew with a thin light khaki head. The nose has some malty caramel along with some peach pancakes. This tastes like cheap brown pancake syrup on some pancakes. Notes of caramel and almonds come through in the long finish. The caramel gets stronger as you drink. I think that this could easily be called an ESB. The body is slick and thick at the same time. Actually, this is a nice drinker with just enough sweetness and hints of roast to keep it interesting, I dig it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1207) - Iowa, USA - SEP 29, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 Dark red,short head,more than average carbonation.Clear.Nice looking. Aroma is malty ,dark ,some mineral. Toasted Oatmeal cookie. Almost burnt toast,probably the dark carmel malt. Heavy toasty grainy. Strong toasted nutty cookie .Dusty. Taste is pretty good,distinct grain maltiness(maybe german or english)with dark burnt carmel sweetness,some hoppiness but mildish. Nutty toasty.Fairly slick but smooth creamy with a fullish body. Not too hoppy it has bigger malt presence. Pretty good balance in taste with a nice conditioned or mildy complex taste. Smooth mellow mild peppery bittering finish that melts away.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
geologyguy (913) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2012
A solidly good beer, good heaviness, flavor, palate and aroma could drink a couple of these!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nathan30533 (870) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Big and red. Nutty taste and overall smooth. Good brew but I’m an IPA guy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2853) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Pours a deep dark red. Lots of caramel and a little candi sugar. A touch of nuttiness and a littl further down the sip you get some cocoa flavors. Candy sugar aroma. Finish is a touch of bitter hips. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2012
It’s red. More of a mahogany, actually. Yeah. Go with Mahogany, although "O’Dempsey’s Big Mahogany Ale" doesn’t roll off the tounge as well. So, it’s very malty, with a lot caramel and molasses. Flavor is caramel and molasses, as well, plus a slight hop bite at the end. . Kind of run the mill, but not bad or anything.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6043) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour, slight off-white head, decent lacing. Sweet caramel and toffee aroma. Flavor has some toffee and caramel notes, a hint of chocolate, some earthiness. full bodied and flavorful. Thick enough mouthfeel.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TURDFERGUSON (4010) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle. Plum brown with with a small beige ring of lace. Nose is grainy and cereal. Flavor is grainy, sweet, light hops. Pretty good malt flavor but not all to enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
22oz bottle thanks to blutt59. Reddish brown pour with some off-white head. Nose is sweet with caramel malt and some grassy hops. Flavors of herbs, burnt caramel, and cardboard.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6709) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber orange with an off white head. Malty and fruity aroma with some light toasty notes. The flavor has lightly toasted malts and caramel sweetness, with fruity berry-like notes. Pretty good.


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