UDBeernut (1252) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap poured into pint glass
A: amber rubyish color, slight head with fair retention, decent looking carbonation
S: not too much to the nose, slight toasted notes
T: well balanced sweet malt front, hint of hop bitterness.
M&d: good mouthfeel, medium body. I feel it is a bit on the watery side
Beerman6686 (3536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This poured a clear red color with a creamy beige head. Aroma was of toasted malt, light grass hops, and a bit metallic. Flavor was mellow, malty, but balanced by the hops and again a bit metallic which seems to shine through in these types for some reason.
Fevernova (210) - Athens, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Willoughby Brewing Co. -- Pours dark red with a white head. Aromas of grape, dark fruit, and roast. Very dry but not bitter.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark reddish, nearly dark brown, too dark for style. head is lacking. low carbonation for style. some bitterness before a lot of roasted malt dryness. not enough crystal malt balance, beer ends of being too roasty and acrid. disappointing version
Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
I have never been a huge fan of irish ales as they seem to all blend together. However as a sessionable style goes they get credit; this one fits in perfectly. With enough flavor to be interesting but not so much it wrecks the palate drinking several of these in a row would not be hard to do if you were in the mood.
Aroma / Appearance - The half finger eggshell tinted head crowned a dense opaque mahogany body. Wheat and roasted malt were about all I could pick up; this was subtle on the senses.
Flavor / Palate - Grainy with a taste that reminded me of certain aspects of black IPAs (minus the hoppiness) this fades fast and leaves little trace. Delicately tiptoeing across the palate it masks what is a solid but not memorable experience. I could drink more of this but even with a limited tap list there are better options at any given time.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark red hue to this beer with very little of any head. The ring of bubbles around the glass were off-white. The aroma was very strong and wonderful caramel malts. The flavor was true to the aroma with a sweet cherry-ish flavor. The finish lingered and was nice and malty. Very good red. One of the best beers at Willoughby in my humble opinion.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub: Dark reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and caramel. Medium body with a rich malt flavor along with sweet caramel and tropical fruit. Just a bit of hops in there too. Sweet finish is thoroughly malty. All in all a drinkable and tasty brew.