EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this one on draft. Poured to a nice brown color with an average head. Somewhat bland earthy flavor with a mild dose of bitter hops. A decent drinking smooth ale.
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft: O’Brien’s- San Diego
Deep brown, small quickly dissipating head, light lacing. Lots of malt aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. Not much else going on here but maltiness. Kind of bland.
Braudog (5972) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber with a standing head. Sweet fruity aroma. Woodsy and lightly bitter flavors. Exceptionally smooth. Good ale.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark brown with a small white head. I really couldn’t detect any aromas other than malt. Tastes more similar to a brown ale than an irish. No hops and a bland flavor.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear brownish amber color, Thick, fugaceous white head with good lacing. Malty molasses aroma. Malt and caramel flavor. Medium body with lively carbonation, slighlty oily mouthfeel. Not totally bad but too weak to be enjoyable, this is a good beer for beginners because it’s not agressive with its malt character but too bland for a real afficionado.
JoeMcPhee (8817) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Browning amber colour with a cloudy off-white head and some lace. Malty with notes of molasses and a sweet honeyish aroma as well as some earthiness. Flavour is also malty and slightly fruity with some caramel thrown in for good measure. Metallic finish kind of detracts from it overall.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 On tap: great color, enough body and taste, nice head, quite smooth, yet not overpowering or too heavy an ale for a satisfying brew on a hot summer day after a round of golf. Not the best drink for a cold autumn or winter, but good for what "ales" ya!
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aha, brewed by Guinness. That’s news to me. This beer takes on a much different character than most Irish ales I’ve had, an unusual tanginess in the malt, and a good zing of hops. The malt influence may be a touch weak for me, but I think the hops make up for it flavor-wise. Interesting, and surprisingly original for such a large brewery.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tan head, copper body. Light malty, toasted caramel aroma (emphasis on light) Light sweet flavor, definite malts, nuttiness. Not too bad, but not great.
zach8270 (3793) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 [draft - Great European Beerfest 8, Sharp Edge Tavern - East Liberty, PA] Poured a dark brown color with a thin white head. Slightly sweet aroma which led me to think it would be full bodied. Like most of these previous reviews, I was wrong. The taste was semi-sweet but very thin and watery. An OK beer, but could have been more flavorful.