Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 10, 2002
.................................................. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2002
Re-Rate 08/29/02: Deep clear garnet in color, the head is beige, frothy, and decent lace. Nose is malt, sweet, slightly bubble gummy. Front is sweet, the top is light, the side sour, the finish is dry, acidic, lightly hopped. I keep trying this beer, thinking I'm going to like it better, as I feel I should? Ranks #740 on my current 1000 beer master list. The Etruscan (714) - Tuscany, ITALY - AUG 29, 2002
Big beige head. Dark amber color. Aroma is malty, sweet with chocolate and banana notes. Flavor is well balanced but initial sweetness is fast overcome by hoppy taste with toasted tones. Finish is dry with a beautiful bitter herbal ending, slightly sour.
Light-medium bodied. The best product of the three I sampled at the Biddy Early Brewery this summer in Ireland. Ungstrup (39297) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2002
A beer with a beutiful red color and a beutiful head. It has a very hoppy taste - like an IPA. SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2009 The creamy head of this dark brown/purple beer was so thick I had difficulty discerning any distinct aromas. Initially sweet, hoppy, and foamy tasting, slowly transitioning to reveal red berry, malt, leather, and strawberry flavors. Finish is mildly bitter, quick and rather bland. Beautiful cascade.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 18, 2002
Pours with big, foamy, very light brown head. Very deep/dark amber color. Medium strength nose of sweet and fruity malt - bannana like aromas. Medium to light in body and palate. Flavors of sweet and toasted malt with a wee bit of bitters. Very strange/unique flavor profile not exactly to my liking. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2002
Pretty good, but Irish Red Ale is not my favorite style. However, I do not think it suffers for the substitution of bog myrtle for flavoring hops. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2002
deep red/brown color. medium head, good lace. thick, kind of sweet, malt flavor. medium bitter finish. pleasant - better than many reds. What the heck is Bog Myrtle? is that what gave it some fruity-tones? On tap at the Winking Lizard 5/2002 Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - MAY 9, 2002
The creamy head of this dark brown/purple beer was so thick I had difficulty discerning any distinct aromas. Initially sweet, hoppy, and foamy tasting, slowly transitioning to reveal red berry, malt, leather, and strawberry flavors. Finish is mildly bitter, quick and rather bland. Beautiful cascade. booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2002
A funny combination- first you taste the fruit, then the malt, and then the bitter dry finish that you get from the Black Biddy. Amazing, but not my bag.