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RATINGS: 1004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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This rich and malty ale originated in Ireland in 1710. It has a deep red color and distinctive caramel flavor from its Pale and Caramel malts. The malt sweetness is balanced by the earthy notes of East Kent Goldings hops. Cheers!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (1809) - - MAY 18, 2014
Transfer from BA reviewed 1-20-12 - Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance - A brownish red color which upon pouring forms an off white/tan head. The head is thick with tiny bubbles, but fades fast leaving a nice film on the brew. Smell - The smell is relatively subdued. Malt is the most I pick up with a bit of caramel and toffee mixed in. Taste - Malty up front with some biscuity flavor. Some sweetness of toffee and caramel come into the mix with an ever so faint hint of nuttiness with a bit of hoppy bitterness coming in toward the end. Mouthfeel - A good level of carbonation with a fairly moderate body. It is very fitting for the style and makes it an easy drink. Overall - A slightly better then average brew, but when given the choice of others (like the others in this Sam Adams brewer’s choice collection) would choose others (like original Sam or whitewater IPA).

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (8121) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ fonefan
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, some fruits and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bamsen78 (3388) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle @ America Strikes Back, Ulfborg. Pours clear copper brown with small off-white head. Clear aroma of malt, with mild fruity and buttery notes. Sweetish, malty flavour, with notes of fruit and sparse hoppy touches. Bittersweet aftertaste. OK but this is not my favourite beer style, so I cannot get myself to praise it.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (11371) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted and hop. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, medium sweet, hop, little chocolate and a little bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2821) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2014
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 5/2014. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruit yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt forward profile and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Irish red ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1381) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2014
12 ounce bottle, best before May 2014. One of my friends gave this to me last weekend so I’m drinking it now. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head that sticks around a while. There’s also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like toasted and bready malt, dark fruit, and toffee. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s also some caramel noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. I think it’s a decent brew, worth trying if you’ve never had it before.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gopherfan99 (595) - CROATIA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle, pours reddish orange with an off white head, sweet taste of caramel and light bitterness, fairly average

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (4108) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Another 12oz bottle from a mixed box bought in my honour ’because you drink weird beers’: drank at a barbecue in Newport Beach along with it’s mates on 14th March 2014. Malty and Irish, red in colour! No, there is more too it than that. I quiet liked it to be honest, a bit sweet maybe but nonetheless it seemed to sit OK with me. There is a red hue to the clear dark amber body, on top a thin white crown. Malty and semi-sweet nose, sweeter taste yet with a drying hop finish.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deepas (20) - - APR 25, 2014
It’s not one of my favorite Sam Adams beer. I can taste the bitterness/sourness, but it’s fairly light.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1967) - Arkansas, USA - APR 20, 2014
Pours a very clear amber reddish with one finger of off white head that lingers. Aroma is malty and sweet with slight dark fruits and slight floral. Really nice. Slightly bitter. Malty. Toffee. Medium bodied. Nice beer.


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