onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A decent session beer, impressively flavourful for its strength but a little flawed. Red with a large sustained head. Balanced aroma of caramel and gentle bitterness. The flavour is of sweet caramel and toffee, quite fruity, with an earthy bitterness, but with an unsatisfying grassy hop character that finishes strong..
Crit (3729) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber,fast fading beige head.Toasty,carmel nose. Mild carmel malt profile,light roasty mid, light but long hop finish. Easy drinking, I like it!!
Frank (3841) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This pours a decent orange red color w/ lots of lace and a short lasting head. Nose is sort of sweet and caramelly w/ a bit of toast. Flavor is about the same. This is a bit on the bland side, though w/o any real off flavors. Finishes w/ a grassy bitterness. It’s dry and drinkable and that’s about all I can say about it. I like session ales just fine but I just like a little more to be to them.
wheresthepath (2025) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
[330ml bottle that Jim shared with me - cheers!] Amber with a moderate creamy head and negligible carbonation. There’s some lemon & a little bitterness from the hops, along with a crackle of autumn leaves, but it’s rather overcome with the sickly caramel sweetness of the crystal malt. It’s like a Greene King brew where they’ve actually remembered to add some hops. Not great, in other words.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of herbs, slight malt, light diacetyl, and slight Earth. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, herbs, diacetyl, Earth, and some dried leaves. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, herb, and diacetyl finish.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft. Pours a clear and dark amber beer with a dense offwhite head. The aroma is malt, sweetness, caramel and some notes of hops. The flavor is close to the nose. The palate is sweetness with some notes of bitterness. Overall an average beer.
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper-amber, with a huge off-white head, and sticky lacing takes its place. Aroma of sweet caramel malts and a little fruity. Flavor is bready, grainy, and exactly what the aroma promised sweet, caramel, and malts. Overall very refreshing, not bad!
tkrjukoff (4284) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours ruby red amber with small off white head leaving a nice lacing. Aroma is weak, cold pour need to warm up a bit, caramel, nutty and malty. Crispy mouthfeel. Flavor is fruity, hoppy and malty with some sweetness. Acidy and slightly perry palate. Finishes acidy sweet turning into nice dry tart aftertaste.
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - NOV 21, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
not so good. aroma is fairly bland, color is more brown than red, taste is like an american macro. the porterhouse continues to make sub par beers and is giving the wrong direction to other brewers in Ireland what their beers should be for success. glad to see something else besides guinness, smithwicks, and murphy’s, but this needs to be far better to gain any recognition for irish ales.
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a big frothy deep caramel brown, solid head retention. Smell was a big bitter, skunky almost pale lagery after pulling the cap. Taste was nothing like the smell, almost watery and light, but definate roasted malts. This is quite drinkable but nothing special.