Ron (4106) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2011
2011 Brewfest Roch. Poured clear brown with a mushroom tan head. nose of oat and sweetness. roasted malt warmth on the tongue with nuts and breadyness. Still a bit thin but at least it somewhat represents a red. Some people at the fest, say it is not as good as it used to be. (It’s not my type) CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
(Bottle) Deep brown body with an almond head. Roasted malt nose and flavour but clean finish. Lacks punch. obxdude10 (2367) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2004
Not very exciting, deep reddish-brown color, semi-sweet nose, medium body, very little head retention, a bit dry in the finish, thin in the flavors though, not a whole lot going on
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Bottled. Not a bad beer. Drinkable, but nothing stands out. Tasted what it should be. Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
a litle bit bitter for me but is fruity taste is great with the bitter taste and it have a comforting side. not that bad
MarkBarnes (419) - Waterville, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Aug. 9, 2011; 12 oz. bottle from Magic Hat sampler 12-pack. Vaguely "stouty" aroma. Heartier than the well-known Smithwick’s; darker than the average "red". Trying to rate to style, but find this pretty boring & watery nevertheless. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Dark reddish pour with a small white head. Caramel malt and cider notes lead to biscuit fruitiness and lactic hints. Medium body with low carbonation. Slightly astringent. Not good... ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2002
Thought that this beer was unimpressive. I was hoping for a lot more, but the taste and palate was not very appealing. Color was a dark brown with some reddish hidden tint. The head was non-existent and the flavor was bitter. Not a good beer. ClarkVV (6839) - 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.Fatehunter (2604) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2012
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.
Poured into a pint glass. Deep red color, though almost transparent. A half finger of off-white head that fell down quickly.
A wet malty smell, almost musty.
Not really impressed with the taste. Kind of "meh". A watery taste followed by a blunted sweetness.
Light bodied, almost no carbonation and smooth.
Not bad tasting, just nothing really going on. Meh.