Frank (3721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2004
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap. Honestly one of the most flavorless beers I’ve ever had the disprivilege of sampling. Not offensive but still worthless. I've drank exactly one pint of this and by the time I die I will have drank exactly one pint of this.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap; I want to try this out of the bottle. Dark amber, nitro head too dense to let any aroma through. Malty. Some hops when it warms up. Nitro mouthfeel obscures how full or light it might really be. Good, though, for nitro.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Draught) Pours a copper body with a descent-sized creamy beige head. Aroma is mildly sweet and toasty. Flavor of sweet malt and some caramel. Creamy mouthfeel.
pintbypint (3153) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml brown bottle. Red brown topped with a surprisingly thick rocky off white head. Malt aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, lots of dark malt/roasted flavours. Bitter finish.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A beer that supposedly gives no hangover? I don’t know a bout that one, but this beer sure was smooth on tap at McCormicks in New Bruns. Celebrated St. Paddys Day in September here with an old pal. Smooth and delicious. Good Times.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Claddagh Irish Pub in Middleton, WI. The beer pours almost black with ruby highlights ’round the edges. Looks like rootbeer. Nice initial off-white head with good lacing all the way down. Nothing really stands out in the aroma beyond maltiness. First taste is caramelly-malty with a followup of hops. Nice, clean finish. Surprisingly light body. Reasonably tasty and inoffensive.
Nuffield (3941) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Perhaps I was spoiled, having just come from the Clark Street Ale House and some rather respectable brews. But I had a full Imperial pint and it was a struggle to enjoy this. Caramel flavors but very thin. Only a titch of a malt body, and overall very watery and weak, especially considering all that color (makes you think about coloring additives?). Drinkable, at least, but not much more than that. (on tap, Fado [Irish Theme Pub], Chicago, IL)
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled version purchased in Canada. Dry, toasted caramel, Goldings hops, and ale yeast fruit in the nose. A lot more hop than I expected but the malt is solid and round but less juicy than many English counterparts. Malt does show some toasted caramel to it. It has a fluffy mouthfeel but not fluffy/creamy from residual sugar or dextrins. More like it was highly carbonated.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this first years ago in Ireland, and had it there since, but it’s been a while. Medium brown with small tan head--excellent lace. Malt aroma and flavor, slightly sweet. Good, but not as good as I remember the domestic version in Ireland.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very malty from start to finish... just enough hops to balance the sweetness so as not to be cloying