cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at the Orlando Ale House. For some reason I was really repulsed by this beer. I had a hard time finishing it - bitter and flat. It might have been the tap, but it didn’t seem that promising to begin with. I am not a fan of irish ales, and this did not convert me.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 Well, considering that the bar keep at the mahwah bar n grill descibed this as a guinese like stout!???? It was light brown, had a decent head that diminished very quickly. Tasted ok, light in malts, almost no hops. I will be generous, I think they last cleaned the tap lines when Reagan was prez>
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wonderful darkish brown ale, has that ale fruitiness without being overly sweet, great hops, and is a winner from start to finish. I’m almost glad the terrible people at Guinness bought this because now I can get it here in the States. Excellent beer in every way.
beastdog75 (364) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reminds me of an English pale ale, as it has a similar fruity taste that can be found in English ales like Bass. Nice reddish copper color, and has a drying finish to it. Easy to drink.
Tmoney99 (13894) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Dark amber color with a medium tan head. Complex aroma that lasted the whole drink. Flavor was spicy with complex roasted malt with sweet tone. Very drinkable brew becoming more common in this area.
intoxyk8 (1) - USA - FEB 1, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I "met" this beer on a trip to Ireland a few months ago and fell madly in love with it. It was terribly disappointing to find it wasn’t available in Scotland when I was there the following week. Nor is it available at all in Arizona. (sigh)
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Garnet in color with an off white head which left a fair amount of lacing. Nice malt and mineral aroma coming off this beer, with very little hops. The flavor is malt dominated ranging from sweet to toffee and then roasted, with a bitter finish to balance. Nice carbonation and body. This is perhaps the best of the three Irish reds I’ve had, with more body and richer malt character than Murphy’s or Killean’s.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Light brown color, clear, medium head. Mildly malty aroma, bread. Flavor is more of the same, slightly more exciting, with some pleasant cookie flavors in the finish. More or less an average beer, dull but innoffensive.
MJPilsener (7) - Shamong, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First time I had this was in Ireland and I had no idea what I was in store for. If you had never had it and you like Iria=sh beers try to find this one. It has now been brought to certain parts in america. Only a true Irish pub would carry this.
jennincincy (1) - Milford, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tasty and refreshing as well. The color is good and the flavor is such that it mixes well with Guiness, which of course adds a bit of coffee flavor. All in all, my favorite beer at this time.