omhper (25943) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2006
Draught at the brewpub. Clear pale nut brown. Salty and peary with medium body. The mouthfeel is crisp and rounded and there’s some crystal malt flavour. Medium bitterness. An Irish ale with loads of substance. ClarkVV (6941) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2007 Draught at ABF on 6/16/07JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
A brownish-strawberry colored beer with darker beige and auburn hues. Off-white head is full and retained well, leaving light lacing. Clarity is high.
Very malt forward in the nose (and flavor), plentiful pale and caramel malts jump at you with a sticky, vanilla-meets-caramel note that is dried by some crackery/bready notes and fruity yeast esters. It remains quite sweet, though, with light hoppiness adding leafy, lightly citric and herbal qualities. No alcohol or flaws are present. Medium strength of aroma. Gets more succulent in the hop department as it warms, but cookie dough and bready caramel notes further intensify the maltiness.
Fruity malts and light earthy character from the toasted malt provide a potential balance to the strong vanilla-cream-cookie dough sweetness, while light lemon-flavored citrus hops provide some bitterness. Very strong texture from all the malt, and a medium amount of carbonation, giving it a creamy consistency. Breadiness on the finish is moderate, and builds up to add dryness, but the malt sweetness is probably a bit too dominant, at least in my opinioin. Certainly this is a malt-focused style, however, so I can hardly call it a major complaint. Citrus and tangy herbal notes combine with bready-sourdough like toastiness to lend some much-needed acidity to the palate, with warming. No flaws, nor alcohol noted.
On tap. Dark copper pour, off-white head. Malt, caramel, nuts, slight note of dark dried fruit. It’s okay, nothing special. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
On tap at brewery. Copper red with no head. Sweet sugar and a mild spice aroma. Watery palate with a malty roasty taste and a great finish. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Draft at Pizza Port Solana Beach: Amber chestnut color, nose of peat and roast, some chocolate and a bit of sweet nutty caramel. The flavor is medium bodied, plenty of melanoidins and a thin palate. Decent oaky notes.
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
Plastic, vinyl and solventy notes to the minty, sweet, waxy aroma. Clear reddish brown body with a low white head that recedes to ring. Plain tasting toasted light malt base with some caramel malts and light bitterness. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005.
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
(Draft: Pizza Port in Solana Beach, CA) Granted, I haven’t have a lot of exposure to quality Irish Ales, but this is possibly the best tasting Irish Ale I’ve tried. Malty, nutty, lightly roasty, some caramel, but only mildly sweet, with a mild bitterness that complements the malts very well. Wonderfully malty and gently roasty nose is very nice. Medium body, with a nice, full mouthfeel. Ruddy, medium brown body is topped by a quickly dissipating, light tan head. Very enjoyable, and a great surprise since I was only expecting a "decent" brew. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2008
On draft @ Port Solana. Poured a medium amber with a reddish tint. Head was thin and beige in color. Aroma was mostly sweet with some clove spice notes. Flavor was malty with a light touch of herbal hops in the backdrop. Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2005
On tap from the brewpub. Tasted during trip to California. Brown colour with no foam. Nice malty nose, little hints of whisky. Extremely nice whisky flavour not much but so much that you can taste it, very innovative. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Pours with a deep amber-red body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a slight grainy note and a hoppy, bitter background. Meidum bodied, smooth and a touch dry.