ganache (5856) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2017 Bottle. Sweet malty aroma, caramel and light sweaty earth. Touch of cherry, though that may be imagined. Deep, dark, still-clear ruby red with a nice, rocky beige head. Taste is caramel malt and a dark, earthy ring, with lots of pretzel dough and a drying finish. Again, that cherry note. Consistently crisp medium body, starts a bit too sweet (not cloying) and never fully recovers. Touch of grainy nuttiness, with lesser floral hops. No strong trace of alcohol. Aftertaste isn’t exactly earthy, more like dirty. Certainly gets its due, I could drink several pints, but wouldn’t be overly excited - something is not meshing well here. [2008.03.22: 3.2]garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Always seem to have a few of this one from a random sampler pack and then immediately forget what they taste like. Nose a touch nutty and too sweet, some light caramel and bit of a sourish cola/toast, but with some minor Doppelbock-like malt depth (plummy, cherry, red berry). Beautiful bright blood red pour in a clear body with a tawny base and large and fizzy foamy tan head -- not a great overall packaging but the vibrancy of that color is intense! Semi-sweet or semi-dry, little rubbery caramel with low-medium and smooth bitterness; touches of green and citrus from the hops, which are of pretty high quality and subtly deployed. The toasty-roasty undertones to the caramel really make this beer for me, seem rough and a little slapdash, but those can be virtues sometimes, right? Medium-full body with a little Sammy house character, but not overdone, and mouth has a slight waxy coating afterward. It’s a fine drinker, just hard to recommend beyond a single. [2017.01.07: 3.2]
Cherry red color with a quickly fading, off white head. Bready malt, yeast aroma, a possible touch of toffee. Full body and a bit high in the carbonation. Mainly all malt flavor, but some carmel shows through. Brisk uneventfull finish. jb (3224) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2008
A nice workable beer for St. Paddy’s week. They’ve got the look right, malty red with a tan-tinged head. More malt and some honey in the nose with fresh baked biscuits. Creamy palate has some butterscotch, is a bit syrupy with a dry finish. vyvvy (6400) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Pours reddish copper with a beige head. The aroma is very butterscotchy with some mellow caramel malt and a hint of cinnamon. The body is fairly think with sharp carbonation. The flavor starts out with a metallic taste and some butteriness that seems like it is probably diacetyl There is some think maltiness tucked in there as well. The finish is watery and tinny. A bid disappointment. highibus (821) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Only a step up from my memories of Killians. A little strange to me, not terrible, but not great. Flavor is malty but a little wet towel taste to it as well.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Had a nice amber pour with creamy light tan head. Flavor was of malts and a little bit of caramel. Flavor was not so dominant overall and there wasn’t a lot of hop character. Would drink but probably won’t but again. bhensonb (15098) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Bottle. Malty aroma. Ruby color with a decent tan head. Near medium body with coarse carbonation. Flavor is roasted caramel with a bare minimum of hop. Finish is really malty. Hops build, but it’s really underhopped. For me, rather unpleasant. More like a weird dunkel than an ale. Slipstream (2612) - USA - MAR 19, 2008
Dark amber pour - not that red, really. Good but quickly sinking head. Fresh, pleasant aroma. Flavor is dry, but still malty. Nicely blended flavors. Hops are on the light side. Similar to a bitter or a pale ale. Pleasant, but not a powerhouse. marcus (10156) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 19, 2008
This reddish brown ale poured with a thick tan head and a malty aroma. There is a sweet malt flavor with some carbonation and a bitter finish. ndfreak77 (126) - USA - MAR 19, 2008
This is another great beer from my favorite brewer This beer has a red color, white head and ample carbonation. Has a nice caremel flavor balanced by some mild hps.