BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle : Pours a clear dark red color, with a very impressive finger and a half of white foamy head, with very good retention, and sticky lacing. Nose is caramel malts, dark fruits, nuts, and some faint hops, very sweet. Sweet flavor with caramel malt notes and dark fruits. A sweet bitter ending, with a pretty pleasent aftertaste. Medium bodied with a stinging palate. Pretty good though.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is sweet with malt, caramel, and grassy hops. The appearance is red/amber with a nice big head. The flavor is sweet with toffee notes and an astringent bitter finish. The palate is average. Overall itís pretty good.
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 Killianís.
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
Itís 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.