Niko100 (2913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2013
Dark amber/ruby color; Medium body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, & caramel; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel, and some hops/grain; Dry finish and slightly bitter; Pretty decent. Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Strong nutty, malty, husky, ’casky’ aroma. Teak oil clear appearance, as red as any beer that I didn’t suspect of adding food coloring. Taste is pronounced bitter at front, chalky bittersweet out the back. Nice crisp bite that doesn’t overwhelm the other elements. One of the better Irish ales I’ve tried. jkwalking05 (4735) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Brown with a decent off-white head. Aroma is grain, light roasted malts, nuts and bread. Taste is of wheat chex cereal and caramel. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Tap at Coastal Extreme - Chicory oak coffee roast and vanilla bean. Bittersweet finished dry and earthy. tasty stuff. beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2012
12 oz. bottle. I seem to miss this beer each year, so I was very happy when I went to pick up my daughter at school and found this on the shelves. Pours a deep clear translucent red with a moderate tan head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left light lace. The aroma is malty with some heavy char, which I found a bit odd, along with some mild nuts. The flavor is malt along with a bit of char, and cigarette tobacco, which I do not like. Some mild nuts as well. Mild-moderate char bitterness at the finish. Thankfully I bought just a single, because I will not be drinking this one again.
ThomasMetal75 (6) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2012 does not count
Appearance is very cloudy. Has the appearance of beef stock. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Irish style Red look this cloudy. Very small head that doesn’t stick around. Surprisingly sediment
is floating around in the glass.Aroma is of roasted malts! Sweet and caramel notes. Faint hops. Tastes like a cross between an Irish Red and an IPA. The bitterness is very present. The Carmel malts are also present. Has a sour flavor as well. Carbonation dances on the tongue, although I can’t see it in the glass. Just a weird Irish Red Ale! I think a 6 is a modest rating on taste, but to me this is unique for an Irish Red Ale. The palate is kind of rough to be honest. Sticky and medium in feel. I cannot suck this back in the spring. Nope! Overall, this was a disappointment. A hoopy Irish Red is not what I want in the spring, nor is a kind of heavy and sticky body/mouthfeel what I want when the weather is getting nice. I wouldn’t choose this at anytime of the year. I’d rather Newport Storm bring back the Summer IPA and replace this beer with that! Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2012
A red malt forward beer with a decently bitter finish. Really can’t think of anything else to say, oh there’s the minimum character total. Shweet. Reynolds314 (3450) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Wasnt a big fan. Gets 5/5 for appearance because its red like a good red should be. Aroma is hay and raw barley. Taste is malty and unpleasant bitterness. MaBeer1972 (2058) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 1, 2011
On tap at the brewery as part of the tour. The third pour out of 4 tastings. I have had this one in the bottle before also and it has been one of my favorite red beers. Very fresh and tasty on tap. Good overall roasty malts but nicely balanced. More enjoyable than the flagship amber. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bottle thanks to Shogo
Walnut pour with a fluffy offwhite head. Aroma is toasted malt, caramel, some light grassiness, mouthfeel is light, flavor is coffee grounds, toasted malt, crisp grass, Finish is more bitter coffee ground. Mild and drinkable, but with enough flavor to be satisfying.