thornecb (6022) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Pours deep amber into a shaker. Conglomerate head gradually recedes with slight lacing. Grapefruit and grass notes. Full mouthfeel, but slightly flat with upfront roasted caramel which turns to a lasting spruce finish which turns back to a (not unpleasant) frat floor malt. 2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2006
At first glance, the Rollstone Red looks like any other Irish-style red ale, but once the beer is actually in the glass, we saw that that wasn’t quite so. It pours a medium red color with an average, frothy head, off-white in color. So far so good. However, the body takes form and we see something we weren’t expecting. A cloudy haze fills the body, not to a fault, but certainly catching us off-guard. Not much here in the aroma department, we picked up light flower hops and a dusting of alcohol. Uncomplicated aroma. It smells as we expected it to smell. Initial taste is lightly sweet, followed by a blast of bitter. Light and watery on the mouth, somewhat dry, we get lively carbonation. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Bottle: Darker amber, huge rocky off-white head, fairly nice lacing, very strong carbonation.   Pale fruit nose, slight saccarine, a touch musty, maybe even some apple skin.   Spritzy artificial sweetened apple skin sauce on the tongue.   Malts take a backseat, emerge a bit more at the finish, along with a very subtle hop bite.   A bit odd, and unusual for the style.   Needs to be maltier and heftier.   Moderate body, spritzy mouthfeel.   Apple skin lingers.   Weird...   Thanks Clark for the freebie! BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 3, 2005
Pours deep amber with an enourmous off white head. Aroma is sweet and earthy malts. Taste is fruity, apples? and nice mellow hops. The aftertaste is bitter slightly on the tounge. A good beer all around. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
Clear auburn. Gigantic sized head gives difficulty with pouring. Mostly lasting foamy top. Orangey/earthy nose with a balance leaning toward the hops. Bready hints procure an ehphemeral saisfaction. Lasting bite attacks the tongue immediately. Catapulted nut oils/leafy hops finish cuts the toasty malts with a whip of dryness. Light-medium body, fair biting carbonation, trying to be creamy, but feeling too watery to really attain it. Good for an amber ale, if a bit rigid and ungraceful in its movements.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2005
Bottle. Nice reddish amber, perfect head. Bubbly, even after many minutes. Aroma of hops and malt, kind of sweet smelling. Crisp in flavor, maybe fruity, kind of sour aftertaste. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 20, 2005
Bottle: pours clear dark orange with a small dissipating off white head. Hoppy aroma, lightly citrusy. Flavor is a nice combination of malt and hops. Body is nice: not light, not full. Mild citrus flavor and slight bitter finish. Nice beer. DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Bottle (contract from Concord). Brilliant rust color and medium head. Has an interesting aroma of berries, malt, low hops. Smells and feels like a Belgian ale, if that means anything. Flavor is initially spicy, toasted malt lingering above mild sweetness, medium weight body. Simply a well made, flavorful and generally interesting beer. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2004
bottle, thanks Clark VV. Amber color with a small durable head. Aroma is nutty and mostly malty, no real hop presence. Taste has a nice malt profile with more nuts and toffee and caramel. Solid but not anything above average at best. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 2004 bottle contract brewed by Concord brewing. Well, not surprisingly, this one was just about as good as the IPA. Whatever they’re doing, they’re doin it right. Wonderful deep cherry red appearane, some light oranges and burgundies. Good light yellow head, mostly clear body. Aroma of ripe red fruits, this thing is exploding with fruity ale yeast. Light hops in the background a mild sweetness. Flavor is almost exactly like the aroma. Incredible fruit esters, creamy mouthfeel, hops not overdone but present. The toastiness is subtle and adds no astringency. This is a spectacular beer.
2005 bottle Initially large off-white head recedes to ring, with some light lacing. Still a brilliant, deep cherry red appearance to the body. Aroma is very hoppy, with a distinct earthy/leafy/nutty bitterness and drying effect. Clean and dry, it finishes without too much malt influence (not enough). Tastes like tea leaves, with lots of toasted malt, some light roast. Very hoppy, though it is a fresh, herbal/spice hoppiness. Ultimately the body proves too light for the amount of hops. Not enough sweet/substantial malt to balance. A bit of crystal malt up front is all that is keeping this from being an IPA. As I finish the glass, I keep thinking, "way too bitter!" Unsure why the great parity between the last batch and this.