Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottled. Poured deeper garnet with a tight-bubbled beige head. The aroma picked up nutty and chocolate notes with deeper dark fruit (prune-like).. very assertive with the sweetness.. weird. The flavor found cocoa, molasses, and maple at the core with light earthy notes laced throughout.. tacky malts on the finish. Lighter-bodied and watery at times on the palate.. on the sweet side.. OK overall feel and flow. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Nitro tap at brewery: Pours a thick copper red with a dense tan head. Not much aroma. Flavor is semi-sweet and lightly toasted, but the body is a little thin. larsniclas (7075) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
Dark amber with a beige head.
Sweet aroma with milk-chocolate.
Really milky and chocolaty flavour. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2006
2005? bottle, possibly late 2004, as it’s been discontinued, but anyways, drank it on 3/4/06 compliments of OldGrowth.Patrickctenchi (6590) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Still pours with plenty of carbonation. A tall beige head slowly recedes to a ring atop a deep garnet-to-auburn colored body with some darker mahogany tones in it as well. Fair amount of carbonation in large, forced bubbles. Filtered and crystal clear. The nose, displaying all of the crystal malt, is quite papery/crayon-like, with just the faintest touch of vanilla and some very light clove-like phenols. Heavy mineral water comes to mind as well, compliments of this lovely yeast. Nutty, dry and quite passing and forgettable goes the aroma.
The flavor is a mix of mineral water, light notes of watered down coffee mixed with skim milk and some soily, plant-like hoppiness. A rather vapid, unsettling flavor that you get from drinking an Irish-style ale on nitro. Impressive that they were able to re-create that.....
Extra lean body shows little malt sweetness for comfort, while the carbonation does settle down and allows some moderate toasted notes to work with light honey-buttercream and fruits, but it’s all so fleeting. No alcohol is apparent. In a word, dull.
And no, I don’t think it is unfair to expect better from this beer, even if it is a year or more old. I’ve had plenty of low gravity beers that have held up wonderfully, simply because they were not pasteurized and had been bottle conditioned. No excuse.
Bottle: (as Bob’s 1st Ale)
Slightly hazy, copper-amber with a small beige head.
Caramel, mild berry, toasted grain aroma.
Taste is slightly spicy, caramel malt, toast, berry.
Light....but pretty satisfying to style.....
egajdzis (6588) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Poured a maroon color with a large off white head and some lacing. Caramel malt and some sweet fruit in the aroma. Nice creamy, roasted malt taste, some light fruits, and hops as well. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Not what I was expecting, this was nice. Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Brownish red, with a small but compact head. Nice rich aroma. Gently sweet flavors of chocolate, caramel at first, and on to crisp, clean finish that carries some notes of, I don’t know, pine, maybe? Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Bottle: Poured a medium black color ale with a medium head that disappeared way too fast. Aroma is comprised of roasted malt (probably some oatmeal). Taste is also dominated by roasted malt, so much that I almost though I was drinking a light stout, and the end was also bitter. Overall, this is an average beer that seems to sit between two style (Irish ale and dry stout). Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt, nutty and sweet chocolate. Tastes oakey with some decent coffee flavors and mellow nuts. jgb9348 (6259) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2003
I suppose the 'red' colour they describe should be real, but my beer is definately dark brown in colour. No red, not even in highlights. A dense light brown head tops the beer as well. A very malty, chocolaty smell comes up as well. The first sip of the beer has some flavour, but after the first sip, there is no taste nor aftertaste to this beer. This is what the case was for all 3 of my previous Magic Hat beers, and I will suppose all their beers are like this. Too bad I have one more left. After that one, I will never buy Magic Hat again...seriously, save your money for something worthy for the money, such as Allagash, Victory or DogFishHead.