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RATINGS: 1052   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This rich and malty ale originated in Ireland in 1710. It has a deep red color and distinctive caramel flavor from its Pale and Caramel malts. The malt sweetness is balanced by the earthy notes of East Kent Goldings hops. Cheers!

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3.5
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2008
12oz - best before June 2008 - Aroma is sweet caramel malt with subtle hops in the finish. Pours transparent garnet with a small lasting head and good lacing. Flavor is a little chewier than aroma but pretty much the same. Palate is sticky at first and finishes clean. Not bad at all.

3.7
FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2011 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright red-caramel color with a large tan head that lingered forever and left incredible lacing. The aroma was a very enticing mix of nutty malts and fruity hops. Surprisingly complex on the aroma. The flavor was roasty, nutty and malty with a light fruity hop note. Only slightly bitter. A bit of biscuit on the finish. I did not have very high expectations for this one, but this is the kind of beer I could drink all night long.

3.6
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Saw this in the store for the past month and a half and finally bought a six pack of it. Unlike most people, I am not opposed in the slightest to drinking Sam Adams beers because sometimes they come out with a decent beer. This one pours out dark brown to red color with a thick brown head on it. Sweet, full of caramel, malty, not many hops present, but still, an easy drinking smooth beer. Not bad, I would drink it again.

3.2
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2008
A beautiful ruby red with a nice adequate tan head that laced nicely and clung to the sides of the glass throughout. Had a bready/malty scent to it that was somewhat appealing, but not anything extraordinary. Nice flavor, the malts are very evident in the taste. It was also a bit bitter, but not so much so that it disrupts the quality of the beer. Very rich and creamy in the mouth with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Went down smooth. Upon first swallow I wasn’t sure how into the beer I was going to be, but half way through the glass I found it to be very satisfying. I bought this in a six pack at a Giant Eagle, thankfully not in a variety pack like someone else had mentioned. Serving type: bottle

3.1
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Pours amber. Good carbonation. Medium hopped. Medium malted. Touch of sweetness.

3.3
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 30, 2008
12 ounce bottle. Clear deep amber color with slight bubbles but no head. Malty aroma. Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry malty flavor and dry finish.

2.8
demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2008
12 oz bottle: A nice caramel malt up front in the aroma with definite grassy hop characteristics intermingled with a sweetness that is pleasing. Pours a clear amber color with a medium long lasting off white head. Taste is got a definite herbal hop characteristic, malt is on the back end. An interesting brew, i am kind of torn with this one. It’s nice and interesting but the aftertaste is watery. Overall, I think it’s alright, interesting indeed, and rather strange on my palate right now to give it anything but an average rating.

3.3
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle - Pours a nice amber/red color with a full head and some slight lacing. Sweet fruity and malty aroma. Kind of a thin sweet flavor with a slight hint of bitterness. I really liked this one, and definitely will pick this up again.

3.4
Palidor19 (3188) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2008
robust and full of flavor. high on the malt with a slight toasty/earthy flavor. not much hops but the rest stands above

2.5
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAR 26, 2008
I hate to say this as Sam Adams brews some fine beers, but this was mediocre at best. Far too much like Killian’s, in my opinion. if treated to both in a blind taste taste, I would’ve been screwed. Definitely lacking. A slight cut above your run-of-the-mill macro.


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