ARH (369) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aromas are not very strong on this one, but what does appear is a cereal and grainy note with a faint caramel sweetness and an abundant damp and leather aroma. It’s a dark, but clear, amber-orange color (maybe more brown than orange) with a big white-ish, puffy head. When it reduces, it gets a swiss-cheese look to it. The head hangs around for a while until it reduces to a soda-fizz looking ring, but it leaves a good amount of puffy lace down the glass. The taste is a flat, medium-light sweetness and light bitterness. The mouth is light bodied (maybe medium bodied), thin texture, with lots of effervescent, fizzy carbonation. There’s a flat citrus flavor in the mouth with a bit of nut flavor and a light caramel. There seems to be an underlying rye, or just generally grainy, flavor throughout. It finishes with a light toasty note and some grassiness. The aftertaste is mostly clean with a rye and cereal flavor that doesn’t linger very long.
NikkTwist (1581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Moriartys in August 2014 (but have had a million times before!) The pre-Diageo recipe was less refined but much more interesting. As of today (and trying to look at blindly what for me is the standard Irish Red Ale) - Clear dark ruby pour that starts with a large foamy white head. Nutty and malty. Brazil nut shells. Plum pudding. Mild dark caramel toffee. Cloves. Toasted whole wheat bread. Gentle dark red fruits. Slightly burnt grapefruit rinds. Bing cherry. Red plums. Tinge of charcoal. Wee bit tart. Body reads too thin and watery. Memories of the earlier version read it as less fruit (no tart) and fuller nuttier toffee flavors. Juicier now, but less solid. Still a go to for me, but better halved with Guinness.
ekstedt (5391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg, Sweden. CLear copper, medium creamy tan head. Nutty, caramelly malt aroma, some floral hops. Light bodied, low carbonation. Semi dry, low bitterness.
Desverger (1783) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap@Bishops Arms Gustov Adolfs, Malmo - amber pour with medium white head. Aroma and taste is pretty weak malty, faint caramel, toffee, slightly nutty.
jsnicholas (109) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Dark amber. Large tan head. Very mild. Not much flavor. light. Not a favorite.
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Miklosoft77 (4) - - JUN 4, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mild ale. Not too hoppy or malty. Caramel taste. Reminds me of buddington or kilkenny...
nathan30533 (590) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not at all my style. Wayyyy too light on the pallet. Spicy. Not any hop. All malt.
Renobob (616) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bue à la pression. Très douce, très légère, arômes de caramel et de fruits rouges. Sympa si on aime les bières peu fortes en alcool.
miyauchi38 (199) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
cbfobes (2287) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle, pours a clear dark red brown with a thin head, aroma is of sweet caramel with a hint of skunk mixed in too, weird, the flavor has a smooth caramel front end with a sweeter finish, still pretty thin through out though, tick tick, this mix 6 beer lasted almost 6 months in my fridge, should have drank this earlier I’m assuming.
Erzengel (2531) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - APR 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
On Tap. The Beer starts smooth, easy to drink with not much flavour. The mainpart is smooth, slightly malty. The aftertaste is smooth, a bit neutral, dry. --> nothing great... 8/12/7/8