rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, pours a dark red, almost rusty color with moderate head. Aroma wasnt as much as I expected but still carries the sweet caramel aroma that gets sweeter as the drink wears on. Taste is plentiful and rather generic; somewhat bitter but also sweet. Palate is average. Overall decent Irish ale and definitely beats Killian’s.
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s a good Irish ale, but it lacks in comparison to other imports. great appearance and aroma to it, but the taste is missing something the imports get right.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found this one bottled at Top Shelf in South Elgin, Illinois. Clear, dark reddish-brown pour with a thick, tan head. Sweet, caramelly, nutty and chocolate malty nose. Sweet and malty early, caramel, butterscotch drifts into a nice bitter smokiness. Muted finish, and very quaffable.
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle. Pours a clear medium amber with a reddish tint. Dense tan head. Malty nose with a touch of fruity earthiness. Medium body. Semi-sweet malty profile with hints of caramel, toffee and a slight fruity tartness. Moderately hopped lingering finish.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Ruby-copper color, thin white head. Caramel malt aroma, light hops. Simple sweet malts and mild hops on the taste. Even for the style this is pretty muted. The taste is very candy-like and gets boring after a few sips. Sam Adams did a good job of packaging their blandest styles in one handy box (+ Black Lager and Honey Porter).
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber with 2 finger frothy head that subsides into a quite thin, almost nonexistant veneer. Nose primarily or caramel. Very smooth, and almost sweet. Not too much of a hop presence, but very well balanced and tastey malt. Suprisingly drinkable but not completely satisfying.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
odor distinctly caramel, some earthy undertones. flavor pretty dull, similar to the aroma but no complexity to it. OK palate, but nothing earth-shattering about this beer. drinkable, but not impressive.
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Samuel Adams keeps making every kind of beer known to man and many of them, like this good Irish Red, are very drinkable.
Good color, aroma, and good balance with the sweet malts and a touch of bitterness, this is another session-able offering.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malty aroma. Flavor was malty, slightly sweet, and yeasty. Beautiful reddish brown color. Pretty tasty.
JMerritt (1926) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish-brown in color with a thick, light-tan head that is mostly diminishing. Sweet, caramelly aroma, a bit of nuttiness, and earthy mustiness. Rather sweet flavor initially, some brown sugar and caramel, turning slightly to moderately bitter and a touch smoky. Upon further sips, the sweetness becomes more subdued as the subtly spicy hops lend an earthy, peaty "freshness" (for lack of a better word). Finish is mildly sweet, moderately bitter and slightly metallic. Moderately carbonated, perhaps just a touch too much. Overall, highly drinkable.