TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle (in NZ), pours a clear reddish brown with a large foamy head. Good smokey malt aroma, a little bready. Full mouthfeel, toffee malt flavour with a drying finish with hints of cloves. Drinks well. bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 poured a clear dark amber with a very tall off white head that did not taper down for a long time.
kind of smokey taste interesting spice. Not what I expected. Good beer but not great.
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a clear ruby-hued mahogany with a nice off-white head and good carbonation. Aroma is earthy and smoky, with hints of grain, smoke, wood, anise, and a bit of hops. Flavor is light-bodied and flat, with an unexpectedly sweet flavor of banana, anise, cloves, and hops giving way to a dry finish of smoke and wood. Interesting flavors, but uninspired character. BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 RE-RATE: It’s just as malty and fruity as before, but as I’ve been drinking this I’ve noticed it’s a bit over carbonated. That is really my only compaint. Embrouille (2853) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 6, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Bottled 33cl. It pours a beautiful deep amber beer with a creamy, nicely lasting lightly tanned head. Wheaty smoky nose. Sweet smoky taste. Wheat, licorice, nutmeg, mince pies, berries, incense, banana, cloves and ginger showing up. Nicely balanced. Decent bitterness. Extremely pleasant mouthfeel. Beautiful lacing. Strong sweet smoky finish. Draught 50cl in Penny Farthing in Aarau, Switzerland. Wonderfully balanced. Hints of mince pies, candy, pear and hops. Decent bitterness. Smooth. Inferior to the bottled version. 7/3/7/4/13 3.4
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Irish Earth. Something here taste specifiec to Ireland, its almost herbal. Aroma and flavor are very unique. Great lacy head. Taste is short but joyful. Excellent Marinade. Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2008
0.5 l bottle. Amber-red color with thick head. Both aroma and flavor are mainly toasty, nutty and caramelly. Finishes dry. Fairly high carbonation. This is’t my style of beer at all but this is one of the best Irish reds I have tasted. SSSteve (4006) - - MAY 23, 2008
clear dark cola color with a small off-white head. some caramel and vegetal aroma. malty with traces of nuts and caramel flavor. some faint spices(licorice?). palate is thin and watery. DandyWolfFloyd (1202) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2008
Good stuff! It has a caramel malt smell and taste. It has a sweet flavor. It is a reddish color, with a white head. It’s a complex finish sweet to hopppy. It’s another fine O’Haras product. ebrowner88 (123) - Rice, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2008
Had on tap in Philly. Nice head that gives way to a faint lacing. Slightly malty and floral on the nose. A nice carmel and pineapple taste the ends with just the right amound of hoppy dry finish. A great session beer and one of the better in this style.