NachlamSie (2614) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Hop City. Pours a deep, dark red with a ring of a white head. The aroma is creamy with gentle hops. Pretty tame and balanced, but tastefully sweet and pleasing. The flavor is also accessible. I find even the 30 ibu’s to be questionable, it’s so malty and smooth. Hints of vanilla, biscuits, licorice, and grass are here. It’s accessible and easy to drink without sacrificing flavor.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark, reddish amber with a quick off-white head. Nose is weak and fairly uniform sweet malt. Taste is roughly the same. I’d be more detailed but there’s not much to comment on....typical single dimentional Irish Red. Boring.
unclemattie (3997) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ TacoMac, John’s Creek. Dark copper color, light tan head. Slight bubblegum aroma. Big flavors of toasted malts, honey & molasses. Finishes with a nutty granola character. There is also an earthy honey flavor. Smooth and creamy texture.
beernovice39 (3076) - Montana, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep red pour with tiny cream head. Roasted scent of malts dominates. This stuff is very tasty and just enough bite. I will get more.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours from the wall-o-taps a clear, reddish-amber body with a scant, white head.
Smell: A scent of toasted bread crusts and burnt sugars with a pervasive, though light waft of harvested berries and some background, minuscule notes of earthy herbs and spice.
Taste: Toasty, bready maltiness with a sweet flourish of caramelized sugars. Hint of berry-esque fruitiness. Modestly earthy hops with an additional zip of complimentary spiciness. Medium-low bitterness. Smattering of fruitiness on the bittersweet, drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Hovers comfortably around medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: A smooth, pleasant brew to pair with watching the Masters this past weekend. Best of luck to Dempsey and here’s looking forward to his forthcoming RIS and IPA.
SSSteve (3633) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. a clear red beer under a medium sized, frothy, beige head. aroma of sweet caramel malt, lots of juicy red fruits(apples, pears), and maybe even a hint of toast. nailed it...the flavor is a full of the toasty caramel malt blended with lots of refreshing fruit esters and yeast. i keep imagining there is a tiny hint of cinnamon. mostly creamy palate. medium body. i have been very impressed with ABC lately. that re-incarnated laughing skull was awesome too.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very clear, but very dark ruby. Served with a large faded khaki head. Thick foam holds craters from larger burst bubbles for a while. Crisp hops in the flavor. Some candy caramel flavors but not really a sweet beer. Greay balance of flavors without being bland.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown-red, beige tan head. Toasty and sweet malt aroma, grassy hops. Taste is sweet, grassy hops, toffee, caramel, apples, lightly bitter finish.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Prado. Poured a dark clearish red, with a white head, and some lacing. Aroma is malty and a little roasty. Taste is is similarly dominated by malt, with some bready and roasted notes. A slightly bitter finish gives the beer a little hop to balance. Mouth is pretty well carbonated and medium bodied. Overall, a decent ale.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2010
Name: O’Dempsey’s Big Red
Date: October 11, 2009
Source: Brewpub, 5 Seasons Prado
Appearance: hazy dark red, fine off white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma, light balancing earthyness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, light caramel sweetness, breadyness comes out as it warms adding to the richness, plenty of balancing earthyness, light bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Name: O’Dempsey’s Big Red
Date: April 25, 2010
Source: Taco Mac, Kennesaw
Appearance: clear deep red, fine beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, nice bready character
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of caramel sweetness, light breadyness, just enough earthyness for balance, slightly metalic
Overall: good job reproducing from carboy to brewpub to production batch
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4