SoBloHero (56) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours a nice dark red color, as the name implies. A full taste, moderately think in flavor. A pleasant surprise from a beer I wasn’t expecting too much from. Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours a clear reddish-orange with a frothy ecru head that leaves behind a decent web of lace. The nose is of pale and caramel malts with supporting notes of burnt sugar and lightly earthy/herbal hops. Light to medium-bodied and soft, almost creamy, with a dry and lightly bitter finish. Burnt sugar, caramel and pale malt with a fairly clean finish. It’s a decent Irish red, but it’s a bit too sweet for my tastes Overall, this one doesn’t do a lot for me. BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2008
From bottle : Pours a clear dark red color, with a very impressive finger and a half of white foamy head, with very good retention, and sticky lacing. Nose is caramel malts, dark fruits, nuts, and some faint hops, very sweet. Sweet flavor with caramel malt notes and dark fruits. A sweet bitter ending, with a pretty pleasent aftertaste. Medium bodied with a stinging palate. Pretty good though. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2008
The aroma is sweet with malt, caramel, and grassy hops. The appearance is red/amber with a nice big head. The flavor is sweet with toffee notes and an astringent bitter finish. The palate is average. Overall it’s pretty good. rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2008
12 oz bottle, pours a dark red, almost rusty color with moderate head. Aroma wasnt as much as I expected but still carries the sweet caramel aroma that gets sweeter as the drink wears on. Taste is plentiful and rather generic; somewhat bitter but also sweet. Palate is average. Overall decent Irish ale and definitely beats Killian’s.
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2008
It’s a good Irish ale, but it lacks in comparison to other imports. great appearance and aroma to it, but the taste is missing something the imports get right. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Found this one bottled at Top Shelf in South Elgin, Illinois. Clear, dark reddish-brown pour with a thick, tan head. Sweet, caramelly, nutty and chocolate malty nose. Sweet and malty early, caramel, butterscotch drifts into a nice bitter smokiness. Muted finish, and very quaffable. clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 2, 2008
355ml bottle. Pours a clear medium amber with a reddish tint. Dense tan head. Malty nose with a touch of fruity earthiness. Medium body. Semi-sweet malty profile with hints of caramel, toffee and a slight fruity tartness. Moderately hopped lingering finish. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle. Ruby-copper color, thin white head. Caramel malt aroma, light hops. Simple sweet malts and mild hops on the taste. Even for the style this is pretty muted. The taste is very candy-like and gets boring after a few sips. Sam Adams did a good job of packaging their blandest styles in one handy box (+ Black Lager and Honey Porter). oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Pours dark amber with 2 finger frothy head that subsides into a quite thin, almost nonexistant veneer. Nose primarily or caramel. Very smooth, and almost sweet. Not too much of a hop presence, but very well balanced and tastey malt. Suprisingly drinkable but not completely satisfying.