Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Looks like I owe this one a re-rate. 12 ounce bottle from the Spring 2013 mixed pack, which I purchased 10 days into winter 2012. Just sayin. Pours a clear dark reddish amber color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel malts and a mild bit of smoke. The taste is caramel malts, brown sugar, raisin and very faint tinny hops. Medium bodied. Solid beer. 7/4/7/4/14/3.6
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brownish red with thick, frothy head and good lacing. Nice malty brown sugar aroma. Taste is flat. If this tasted anything like it looks or smells, it’d be an awesome beer. As it is, it’s thoroughly average. 7/4/5/3/9/2.8
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz - BB Jul Red liquid under brown head, pronounced hop aroma upon the pour with sweet malt on the nose. No real backbone to the flavor, sort of limp actually. Looks way better than it tastes. Eeh.
mmmbeer (1242) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass- poured into pint glass- poured transparent darken ruby amber, white-tan head bubbled away rapidly to 1mm, medium carbonation, weak aroma of lightly roasted malt. Hits the mouth with a medium body, rich caramel malts come through nicely, bitterness on the finish. Interesting.
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a dark copper burnt orange with a one finger tan head. aroma is toasted malt with a touch of hops. has a light body with ok lacing and good carbonation. flavor is the same as aroma but a little stronger and with the hops showing thru a little more. has a little dry aftertaste but a little watery and its just ok. has a touch of peat malt in there as well.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(USA) Nice Red Amber color with Sm-White Head. Has a mild Fruity/ Malt Aroma with a Carmel/Nutty taste. The Palate has a Bitter/Dry finish!!! I am not sure what is missing here?? But better the Killians.
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a deep red body with thin head. Aroma is caramel, malt. Flavor has a sweet malty taste with caramel and light hops. Smooth, easy to drink and a nice mouthfeel.
junon (414) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow. Havent had a beer that looked like this in a while. Very nice. Aroma was some what lacking though. Im tasting this pleasant nutty aftertaste. Its working. Good release from Sam Adams.
bigrond (1478) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this beer. It was very malty and a little dry. It’s color was a deep rich red/brown. I will enjoy this beer on the upcoming holiday.
SoBloHero (56) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice dark red color, as the name implies. A full taste, moderately think in flavor. A pleasant surprise from a beer I wasn’t expecting too much from.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a clear reddish-orange with a frothy ecru head that leaves behind a decent web of lace. The nose is of pale and caramel malts with supporting notes of burnt sugar and lightly earthy/herbal hops. Light to medium-bodied and soft, almost creamy, with a dry and lightly bitter finish. Burnt sugar, caramel and pale malt with a fairly clean finish. It’s a decent Irish red, but it’s a bit too sweet for my tastes Overall, this one doesn’t do a lot for me.