beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2010
A deep red pour with tiny cream head. Roasted scent of malts dominates. This stuff is very tasty and just enough bite. I will get more. ChainGangGuy (4905) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2010
16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours from the wall-o-taps a clear, reddish-amber body with a scant, white head.
Smell: A scent of toasted bread crusts and burnt sugars with a pervasive, though light waft of harvested berries and some background, minuscule notes of earthy herbs and spice.
Taste: Toasty, bready maltiness with a sweet flourish of caramelized sugars. Hint of berry-esque fruitiness. Modestly earthy hops with an additional zip of complimentary spiciness. Medium-low bitterness. Smattering of fruitiness on the bittersweet, drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Hovers comfortably around medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: A smooth, pleasant brew to pair with watching the Masters this past weekend. Best of luck to Dempsey and here’s looking forward to his forthcoming RIS and IPA. SSSteve (4006) - - APR 9, 2010
12oz bottle. a clear red beer under a medium sized, frothy, beige head. aroma of sweet caramel malt, lots of juicy red fruits(apples, pears), and maybe even a hint of toast. nailed it...the flavor is a full of the toasty caramel malt blended with lots of refreshing fruit esters and yeast. i keep imagining there is a tiny hint of cinnamon. mostly creamy palate. medium body. i have been very impressed with ABC lately. that re-incarnated laughing skull was awesome too. aracauna (3631) - Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Very clear, but very dark ruby. Served with a large faded khaki head. Thick foam holds craters from larger burst bubbles for a while. Crisp hops in the flavor. Some candy caramel flavors but not really a sweet beer. Greay balance of flavors without being bland. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Dark brown-red, beige tan head. Toasty and sweet malt aroma, grassy hops. Taste is sweet, grassy hops, toffee, caramel, apples, lightly bitter finish.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Draft at Prado. Poured a dark clearish red, with a white head, and some lacing. Aroma is malty and a little roasty. Taste is is similarly dominated by malt, with some bready and roasted notes. A slightly bitter finish gives the beer a little hop to balance. Mouth is pretty well carbonated and medium bodied. Overall, a decent ale. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2010 Braudog (6781) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Name: O’Dempsey’s Big Red
Date: October 11, 2009
Source: Brewpub, 5 Seasons Prado
Appearance: hazy dark red, fine off white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma, light balancing earthyness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, light caramel sweetness, breadyness comes out as it warms adding to the richness, plenty of balancing earthyness, light bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Name: O’Dempsey’s Big Red
Date: April 25, 2010
Source: Taco Mac, Kennesaw
Appearance: clear deep red, fine beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, nice bready character
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of caramel sweetness, light breadyness, just enough earthyness for balance, slightly metalic
Overall: good job reproducing from carboy to brewpub to production batch
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Draft pint at the Prado brewpub. Very dark red with a head that’s a bit watery. This packs a nice aroma of roasted malt and the first taste follows suit. Sweet and malty, his has a solid caramel character. Bit thin. (#3722, 10/26/2009) Cybercat (5958) - Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 Pours a deep, barely translucent reddish sable with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled light tan head. Aroma is strong, spicy and surprisingly hoppy. Flavor is quite hoppy with strong tones of cloves and cinnamon and a hint of honey sweetness. Texture is sassy, fizzy and lively.