BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark copper translucent body with close to an inch of light tan head that leaves some lacing. Floral earthy hops with fruitiness and maltiness characterize the aroma. Tastes toasty, slightly peaty, with a good dose of citrusy and floral hops to balance it out. Roasty caramel malt dominates the finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A pretty good drinker, this one is. Not my favorite example of the style for sure, but a fairly solid beer nonetheless.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 New rating. The only thing I would change is that is is really sweet and tastes even worse than I recalled. Bleh. Deep amber colored with a yellowish khaki head. Smells of sweaty socks and Perfume like Irish Spring soap. There is also a little bit of caramel hiding behind that nasty earthy note. The taste has stale, old caramel candy with some nasty cocoa. There is also a little bit of apple core. Strange smelling and tasting.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample @ brewery, during the primaries. Pours a clear reddish color with a small white head. Aroma is crisp hops with malt characteristics as well. Taste well-balanced between malt, grain, and hops. Finishes clean with no alcohol burn. A very solid beer, but Iím shocked this beat out the dunkelweizen.
Ritterkreuz (179) - Seneca Falls, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well balanced is the best way to describe this one. The texture is a bit creamy and works well with the slightly malty smell. Again though I was most impressed by how well the malts and hops seemed to balance out one another.
Hance07 (192) - DownSouth, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 Got this in a sam adams mix 12 pack. Im assuming it beat out the dunkelweizen to be added to the brewmasters collection. sweet malt on the nose. the flavor was more sweet malt with kind of a creamy finish. I was actually very impressed by this one. Not at all what I was expecting.
EKGoldings (523) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this at the pub in the taste test. Ouch ... metallic taste overwhelmed anything else. Not much malt taste, not much hop taste ... why bother?
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted 10/24/07. 12oz bottle. SAMPLE A. Filtered with a reddish hue. Clinging cream colored head. Aromas of rustic breads and caramel. Light to medium bodied with a nice malty flavor. But a big sweet middle palate. Syrupy. Initial dry biscuity malts and red fruit notes. Mild effervescence. Bright acidity hop flavor. Touch thin. Of the two sample bottles to potentially go into next years mixed package, this would be my choice.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"Sample A" an employee of Sam Adams hooked me up with this bottle. Clear red beer with a fairly large off-white head. Decent lacing. Malty as expected with a dash of toffee and a bit of roastiness. Not an exciting style and not an exciting beer. Needed just a tad more bitterness to balance things out.
Strykzone (4201) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was labeled "Sample A." Nice looking beer that is full of malt and fruit in both aroma and flavor. Some smoke as well. A nice malty beer. I liked it.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the brewery with the Mad_Indian. Part of a contest pitting the irish red versus the Dunkle. I voted for the dunkle. Pours red with a small white head. Aroma of sweetness, caramel, and toffee. The flavor is sweet, caramel, with a thin finish. Most people seemed to be voting for this brew, damn macro-lovers.