FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2017 UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap poured into pint glass
A: amber rubyish color, slight head with fair retention, decent looking carbonation
S: not too much to the nose, slight toasted notes
T: well balanced sweet malt front, hint of hop bitterness.
M&d: good mouthfeel, medium body. I feel it is a bit on the watery side
Sampled on draft at the brewpub this beer poured a very dark brown color with orange highlights and a small foamy beige head that left minimal lacing. The aroma was malty and woody with faint dark fruits. The flavor was malty and astringent with cherry, fig, tobacco and medicine. Medium length finish. Medium body. Meh. JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Sample at World of Beer Easton on 3/15/14. Clear red to chestnut brown in color with a thick off-white head. Aroma of malty sweetness, some caramel and breadiness. Malty and caramelly flavor with a semi-sweet bread finish. Pretty nice. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2011
This poured a clear red color with a creamy beige head. Aroma was of toasted malt, light grass hops, and a bit metallic. Flavor was mellow, malty, but balanced by the hops and again a bit metallic which seems to shine through in these types for some reason. Fevernova (222) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2010
On tap at Willoughby Brewing Co. -- Pours dark red with a white head. Aromas of grape, dark fruit, and roast. Very dry but not bitter.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2010
dark reddish, nearly dark brown, too dark for style. head is lacking. low carbonation for style. some bitterness before a lot of roasted malt dryness. not enough crystal malt balance, beer ends of being too roasty and acrid. disappointing version Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2009
On tap at brewpub
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2007
I have never been a huge fan of irish ales as they seem to all blend together. However as a sessionable style goes they get credit; this one fits in perfectly. With enough flavor to be interesting but not so much it wrecks the palate drinking several of these in a row would not be hard to do if you were in the mood.
Aroma / Appearance - The half finger eggshell tinted head crowned a dense opaque mahogany body. Wheat and roasted malt were about all I could pick up; this was subtle on the senses.
Flavor / Palate - Grainy with a taste that reminded me of certain aspects of black IPAs (minus the hoppiness) this fades fast and leaves little trace. Delicately tiptoeing across the palate it masks what is a solid but not memorable experience. I could drink more of this but even with a limited tap list there are better options at any given time.
Nice dark red hue to this beer with very little of any head. The ring of bubbles around the glass were off-white. The aroma was very strong and wonderful caramel malts. The flavor was true to the aroma with a sweet cherry-ish flavor. The finish lingered and was nice and malty. Very good red. One of the best beers at Willoughby in my humble opinion. Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Sample at the brewpub: Dark reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and caramel. Medium body with a rich malt flavor along with sweet caramel and tropical fruit. Just a bit of hops in there too. Sweet finish is thoroughly malty. All in all a drinkable and tasty brew.