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RATINGS: 1015   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   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!


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel, husks), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (dough), with a light note of sand/dirt, hint of butter. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Grainy/dirty aftertaste that seems to be the brewery trademark is certainly on show here. Why can’t they at least make their beers clean? It wouldn’t be so bad if they were just dull and uninspiring.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3968) - - FEB 28, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 a deep reddish brown beer under a large, creamy, orange-beige head. malty aroma with a touch of hops and sweetness but not really exciting. flavor is bready malts, caramel sweetness, some bitter hops, cherry medicine. medium bodied with a creamy texture. solid.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2473) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Pours a five finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear red/amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is balanced not malty, dry bitter finish. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4677) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Malty, cereal-sweet tannic ale aroma. Pinky, red brown brew with a big head and a good label. Standard American longneck bottle. Easy drinking, a little molasses/caramel, prominent peat, rusty cereal, adeptly bittered, moderately sweet at first but then a fadeaway dryness. On the heavy side of session weight. Finishes out with a nice tangy break and moderate astringency. Overall, another solid brew from Sam, underrated by my fellow Ratebeerians. Looking forward to having this soothe my frazzled nerves in some airport Sam Adams pub some day. Publix, brewmasters pack.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holdwine (1131) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Nice coppery red pour. Plenty of malt on the nose and a strong hop character. Slightly sweet notes before a crisp drying finish. Easy to drink

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HUNTERNFLA (26) - USA - FEB 25, 2008
this stuff was good got in b brew masters pack wish i could just buy it alot of it !!! redish color and smooth with a hint hops at the end

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2008
very malty and enjoyably smooth and refreshing. Pleasantly surprised with this one and would drink again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2008
12oz bottle purchased from Clarendon Wines in Boston - with a thought to Sam Adams’ recent hop giveaway. Consumed in Feb 08 with a July 08 best before date. Pours a rich copper with lots of carbonation. Aroma is all malt with a bit of spice. The taste follows similarly, with a bit of rounded fruitiness in the aftertaste.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 23, 2008
12 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (February 2008), consumed a little colder than cellar temperature from a Coors Banquet glass. The voluminious orangish-tan smooth head fills 2/3 of the glass but falls rather quickly above the dark clear amber liquid, leaving smooth sheets of lacing behind...the nose is unremarkable but not unpleasant, vaguely toasty-malty, amber-ale like though with no reall hop sharpness or pungency at all....the body is moderately sweet, somewhat thin, just a touch metallic, readily quaffable, and dull as all get-out....some woody dryness at the finish helps cut the growing cloying qualities; but this is just a nothing beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pours a transparent copper amber with ruby hues and a thin, stringy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet earthy grainy toasted nutty malts. Body starts lightly sweet, nutty and grainy with a light bitterness and earthy finish. Pretty true to style and drinkable.


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