Category Archives: BEERS, WINES, LIQUORS

My reviews of various ales, lagers and wines.

Beer review: Blue Fin Stout

Blue Fin StoutBeer review: Blue Fin Stout
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style / ABV:
Irish Dry Stout / 4.70% ABV

C- / 2.65
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | drink: 2.5
rDev: -41.9%

I received a bottle of this at a conference I recently attended.
I love stouts, but this one was a bit too coffee for my taste.

A- Beautiful appearance. Deep, dark opaque black/brown with a roasted nut brown head. Not too thick, very nice. Didn’t last long and the lacing was slight.

S- An almost sweet scent. I barely got an aroma of coffee, but very light and not in the least strong enough to give me a clue as to what the taste would end up like. A simple aroma.

T- Awful, for me. I admit to hating coffee (which makes trying a new stout a crapshoot for me.) I love bitter, and hoppy, just can’t stand the coffee. And that’s what this tasted like to me, like drinking tepid coffee.

M- Watery and somewhat fizzy. Thin. Added to the tepid coffee experience.

D- I ended up doing something I never do: I poured it out after about half. Just couldn’t stand it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-26-2008 03:59:53

Beer Review: Double Dragon

Double DragonDouble Dragon
From: Felinfoel Brewery Company, Ltd. in United Kingdom (Wales)
Style: English Pale Ale

overall: 4.2
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 3.5

A- Deep rich amber. Clear, but rich! Beautiful thick tan head. Stays a good couple, few minutes. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass and layer on top.
Almost too pretty to drink.

S- A slightly sour, sweet scent. Some savory fruit, like peach or apricot. Something a little grassy, or woodsy, but not spicy or of any herb per se.

T- Also sweet/sour. Not very bitter, hoppy. A little malty, but mixes well with the sweet for a nice balance.

M- Very nice, medium-bodied. Creamy but doesn’t linger too long. Doesn’t sour the back of the palate.

D- Rich enough to fill you up. You know you’ve had a good, solid beer. But quite drinkable, almost refreshing.

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Beer Review: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
From: North Coast Brewing Co. in California, United States
Style: Russian Imperial Stout

overall: 3.2
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3

A- A nice, rich opaque black pour. Not too thick of a head, but a nice soft tan. Doesn’t last long, but keeps a lacing a decent time.

S- A toasted chocolate coffee smell. Rich, deep smell. Not complex, per se, but the notes change as you smell it and as it warms up.

T- Just like it smells, rich chocolate coffee–but a HEAVY toasted nut taste as well. Very bitter, almost burnt nut taste. Like a coffee brewed with ground burnt nuts with a touch of chocolate.

M- Very creamy, rich, thick. Chewable. Bitter on the back of the palate but doesn’t stay around longer than appreciated.

D- Can only handle one, being very thick, stout, filling. You want to drink it slow and savor it (I dare anyone to drink it fast,) which helps that the taste and aroma changes as the temperature changes. Unfortunately it gets TOO bitter toward room temperature.

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Beer Review: Grozet Gooseberry & Wheat Ale

Grozet Gooseberry & Wheat AleGrozet Gooseberry & Wheat Ale
From: Heather Ale Ltd. / The Brewery Craigmill in United Kingdom (Scotland)
Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

overall: 3.8
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

A- Deep amber. Clear. Medium to shallow head, but somewhat rich. Keeps a decent lacing.

S- Fruity, slightly citrusy, like an apple and white grape. But VERY faint! Almost undetectable.

T- Sweet, very slightly hoppy. Light to medium bodied. Slightly sour after-note, but not bad at all. Basically, a malty apple-berry. Very easy to drink, and light enough to easily be able to have more than one!

M- Light to medium. Crisp, moderate carbonation. Can almost be considered “refreshing” (just a tad too heavy, though.)

D- Very drinkable! Very enjoyable.

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Beer Review: Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout

Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout
Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout
From: Saint Louis Brewery / Schlafly Tap Room in Missouri, United States
Style: Irish Dry Stout

overall: 3.25
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

A- Dark, deep black with a slight red hue. Pleasant brown-tan head, sticks around a little while, but then goes away pretty completely with no lacing.

S- Almost undetectable scent. But what’s there is an open, warm hoppy smell that belies the rather harsh taste.

T- Very bitter, on the tongue and back of the palate. Tastes burnt; harsh. A little nutty, with a very slight floral note.

M- With most overly bitter stouts I’ve had, there’s an oiliness which sticks around and clings to your mouth–but at least this one doesn’t have that. Good mouthfeel.

D- Starts bitter and harsh, but you get used to it. In fact, it actually becomes more palatable and nearly enjoyable half-way through. It might be because of it warming up a little, and more flavor comes out countering the sharp bitter.

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Beer Review: Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale

Ebulum Elderberry Black AleEbulum Elderberry Black Ale
From: Heather Ale Ltd. / The Brewery Craigmill in United Kingdom (Scotland)
Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

overall: 4.2
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

A- Deep, opaque brown/black. Beautiful, rich, thick, DEEP dark tan head that lasts forever. Even with an appropriate pour, the head was deeper than I’d ever seen. Nice lacing.

S- A very very slight berry taste. Roasted malt. Chocolatey. Reflected in the taste below.

T- I don’t know what elderberries taste like, but this does have a distinct fruity, berry taste–but not much! Just a slight, crisp, note. That slight fruity (NOT citrusy) taste is not what this beer’s about. It mainly has a toasty taste. A slight chocolatey taste as well, but light. Three notes that really work well together, and none are over-powering.

M- Very nice, slightly carbonated, stays on the tongue and palate long enough to enjoy, but doesn’t cling. Chewable, but not too rich at all.

FAR superior to the Fraoch Heather Ale. Well worth the $3.25 for 11.2 oz. bottle. (Would still prefer a pint size bottle.)

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[ my online review ]

Beer Review: Fraoch Heather Ale

Fraoch Heather AleFraoch Heather Ale
From: Heather Ale Ltd. / The Brewery Craigmill in United Kingdom (Scotland)
Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

overall: 3.1
appearance: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3

A- Pours a bright, clear golden. Thin, white-tan head that disappears in seconds and leave virtually nothing behind.

S- Some musky fruit I can’t place. Like, old old apple and, grasses I believe. Not terribly great. A little sour smelling. Not appealing at all, to be honest.

T- A slightly sour taste. About as light as it looks. Not heavy, and not as interesting as the aroma (which is fine by me since the aroma is a slightly turned sour.) Simple.

M- Carbonated, but not too bad. Clings slightly to the mouth, and then goes away without an oily or sour back-of-the-mouth feeling. Pleasant. Doesn’t overstay its welcome.

D- I’d willingly drink it if offered. I would avoid smelling it over-much and not chew it any, and it’s not bad.

Oh yeah, at $3.50 for 11.2 oz., not too impressed on value for the penny at all.

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Beer Review: Samuel Smith’s India Ale

Samuel Smith’s India Ale

From:Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) in United Kingdom (England)
Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)
overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

A – Beautiful clear, dark amber. Thick, creamy head that stays a reasonable amount of time and leaves a good amount of soft, thick lacing.

S – No discernible specific notes in the smell. Light, a little hoppy. Maybe a touch of fruity scent.

T – Kind of generic tasting. Good, but nothing unusual or unique. A little sour, but a fruity sour, not a spoiled sour.

M – Very clean, light feel. No oiliness, no real bitter aftertaste (just a nice hop.)

Wish I could offer a more interesting perspective or review, but all I can say it it’s just a pleasant, easy drinking ale that’s not spectacular, but nothing to complain about either.
I’d willingly have another, and that’s good for me.

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Beer Review: Sam Adams Cream Stout

SAM ADAMS’ CREAM STOUT

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

A – Beautiful deep, opaque brown to almost black. Slight amber tint; I don’t see any ruby as other mention.
Pours a reasonably thick head. Soft looking, nice tan brown. Dissipates somewhat quickly, but leaves a nice lacing that sticks to the glass as it dissolves and every time you tilt the glass.
S – Interesting chocolaty leather.
T – Only slightly not quite as good as I was expecting, but still quite good. More of a mouthfeel thing, but the bite of carbonation kind of took away from the potential richness of the taste. A little coffee, some sweet that lingers but doesn’t leave a sour aftertaste.
M – As I mentioned, it’s a little bright on the tongue from more carbonation than expected, but otherwise very nice. Just the right balance of creaminess without being cloistering or leaving an odd oily feel like some other stouts.
D – Very drinkable. Rich and full, so probably can’t drink more than one, or two at the most without feeling full, but would otherwise love to just sip on one of these all evening.

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Beer Review: Salvator Doppel Bock

Test FileSalvator Doppel Bock

From: Paulaner Salvator Thomasbraeu AG in Germany
Style: Doppelbock

overall: 2.15
appearance: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | mouthfeel: 2 | drinkability: 1.5

(A) – Deep, rich amber. nearly opaque. A dirty amber. The head was a nutty tan–very nice. A minimal amount of lacing, but it stayed awhile.

(S) – The smell is unappealing. Sour and citrusy. A little smoky as it warms up.

(T) – Tastes a lot like a very weak whisky. Even has that alcahol aftertaste and back of pallate clench. Also tastes a little sour, like an over-ripe fruit. Hmm, sort of like a bad whisky diluted by the last third of a Coors that’s been sitting out for a while.

(M) – I almost don’t want to drink any more of this in order to analyze the mouthfeel…. Eh, not bad. Would be just fine if not for that awful cringing feeling in the back of the mouth from the weird whisky taste.

(D) – No, not at all. Didn’t care for it one bit. I tried to drink it at all temperatures from cold to warm, and all it did was change ways in which it was sour and flat and not the good kind of bitter.

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Two Hearted Ale

Two Hearted Ale

From: Bell’s Brewery, Inc / Eccentric Café & Beergarden in Michigan, United States
Style: American IPA
overall: 3.3
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 4

A: A bright golden color. See through, rich amber. The head was surprisingly thick and solid. Biteable even. Leaves a very nice lacing.

S: Slightly fruity smell, but just slightly. Nice.

T: When cold, it has that crisp bitterness that masks any subtlety.
It has an odd, fishy aftertaste that reminds me of lake water… but that’s probably because of the bottle label. Unfortunately as it warms up it gets noticeably sour. Like warm, old orange juice. (personal experience. Don’t ask.)

M: Crisp, significant carbonation. A slight greasy feel that goes away quickly.

Not bad. No danger of it becoming my favorite beer, but certainly wouldn’t turn one down if offered. I like it better cold, unlike most darker beers, and ales in general for that matter. Cold and out of the bottle instead of in a glass, it’s actually very good.
And for that I bump drinkability from 3.5 to 4.

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Shakespeare Stout

Shakespeare Stout

My review.

From: Rogue Ales Brewery / Brewer’s on the Bay in Oregon, United States
Style: American Stout

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

I couldn’t really detect a scent. (But then, I may have allergies acting up.)
But the pour was great! Deep, rick, thick black. Opaque.
The head is a full finger thick, and is indeed thick. Dark, dark brown and rich. Slow to dissipate, but does dissipate completely.

I started it cold. It tasted both sweet and bitter at the same time. At first all I could get was a slight coffee taste. Hoppy. And, a little flat aftertaste like the end of a Bud. That part wasn’t pleasanr. But I don’t know if it was because I got used to it, or getting warmer improved it, but that flat, bitter, sour aftertaste didn’t last through the first glass, and not at all in the last two glasses.

Did I mention the bottle is large enough to fill too smallish pilsner glasses?

After it warmed up a bit, I started tasting a cocoa flavor. Not chocolate, but cocoa. Almost like a cafe mocha… but with hopps.

Creamy mouthfeel. And not a sticky creamy that causes that back of the pallate linger. But just a rich consistancy.

Kind of heavy–I felt full after the whole bottle. I don’t even want to think of how many calories this liquid bread has! *grin*

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St. Pauli Girl Special Dark

St. Pauli Girl Special Dark

overall: 3.05
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | mouthfeel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3

First, I’m wondering if I didn’t enjoy it as well as I could have because the date on my bottle was for next month. I don’t know what the life of one of these are, but that seems to cut it pretty close.

The pour was very much like a cola. It was a dark brown but see-through; not opaque at all (which is my personal preference.) It looked carbonated like a soda, and the head was a tan and short-lived with no lacing.

The smell wasn’t bad at all, though. It was a kind of toasty caramel. Sweet. I think hoppy, but to be honest, I’m not sure if I have a good handle on “hoppiness” yet.

The taste was a little sour. Like it had a tinge of pineapple, but not good pineapple. Toasted pineapple maybe. A touch of sweet on the initial drink but it leaves that sour aftertaste. Not that I couldn’t drink it, in fact, I’d still take this over a Bud. But I wouldn’t ask for it directly, that’s for sure.

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Mmmm, Slug….

Old Slug Porter

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 3.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

Interesting bottle art. Cute. =)
It pours with a nice, thick, nutty cream colored head. Very thick if you’re not careful, but reasonably thick with a careful pour. Almost edible.
It’s a deep, cola color with a slight red hue to the extremely dark brown/black.

The scent is nearly undetectable. A very slight citrusy smell and a slight nuttiness.

The taste is bitter, with a bitter aftertaste that hangs around in the back of the throat for a while. However, oddly, only when it’s cold. As it warms up that aftertaste doesn’t exist.
(And no, it’s not because I drank too much of it. After noticing this as I nursed the first glass, I waited quite some time before I poured the second glass from this large bottle, and there was virtually no extended bitter aftertaste.)

It has a slight cloa, coffee taste with a hint of burnt nut. Very rich, nice mouthfeel.

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Like Drinking Sour Smoked Orange Bacon

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 1.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 1.5

Wow, this was a shocker of a beer!
I shouldn’t have been surprised, it says “Schlenkerla Smokebeer” right on the bottle. But I’d never had a smoke-beer before, so hey.

Nice pour; nice dark amber. The proper shade of amber in my opinion.
A tan/beige head, pretty tall, but goes down to a nice lacing reasonably quick.

But then the smell. A highly pungent smell of smoked bacon. Orange smoked bacon.

The taste was no better. A sour taste of smoked apricot. I can see why some people would like this, but I sure couldn’t hack it.

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Hobgoblin and an Oatmeal Stout

Hobgoblin

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

Unfortunately this is an example of “I may not know if it’s art, but I know what I like.”
A nice color, a nice, creamy head, and a creamy feel without that oily feel that a lot of dark ales tend to have.
But I couldn’t quite pinpoint exact flavor or aroma notes. Some have said “caramel coffee,” and I could see that. There’s a sweetness to it that balances the bitterness. The aftertaste is mainly what has the coffee-like flavor, but it doesn’t last too long.
I found it more pleasant at a cool temperature. Not frigerator temperature, but definitely above room temp. Warm enough to bring out the creaminess but cool enough to temper the bitterness and “open” hoppiness. If that makes sense.

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Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 3.4
appearance: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

A beautiful pour, dark and opaque brown/black with a nutty brown head that’s reasonably thick and lasts a reasonable amount of time that leaves a nice lacing. It’s my second favorite looking beer.
I really couldn’t get much of a scent from it. I don’t think I’m experienced enough to really catch the notes yet. A deep deep inhale I can smell something, faint, and it’s nice, but I can’t place the spice or floral or what it is. It’s like a richness that’s right on the edge of perception.
The taste is not as sweet as I would have expected, but this was my first oatmeal stout. Didn’t know what to expect, but I like my Apple and Cinnimon Oatmeal breakfast, so I think I expected something sweet subconciously. *grin*
There’s a sharp bitterness, almost a burnt taste. Like what I would expect burnt oats to taste like. But it’s only slightly annoying. More interesting, actually.
I found I had to drink it a little colder than I normally like dark beers. Just under or at refridgerator temp. (What, about 50F I think?)

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Bohemia… from Mexico?

Bohemia

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 2.45
appearance: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | mouthfeel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3

Golden pour, pretty yellow actually; golden is kind of kind.
(I’m not a fan of golden beers. No real reason…biased against gold, yellow beers mainly because of its resemblance to something…else.)

No real “head” per se, just some carbonation bubbles that accumlated at the top VERY briefly.

I caught a faint scent of, seriously, pork chop. Yes, pork chop. (And no, no one was cooking.) But seemed to fade pretty fast.
There was a slight vanilla scent that remained, and that was nice.

Its bitterness kind of sticks for a while at the top, back of the mouth. There’s a slight creaminess to the feel, which is nice, but does a lot to point up the lingering aftertaste. Not a good end result.

Between this and a diet Pepsi, I’d take the Pepsi. Between this and a Bud light, it’s be a real tough call and I’d hem and haw a little, but I guess I’d settle for this.

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Adam’s Boston Lager and Shiner Bock

Sam Adams Boston Lager

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 3.4
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

Not bad.
I don’t get the caramel flavor that some people have said, but I definitely detect a heady fruity scent and taste, like peach or apricot.
Definitely a grassy aroma, not unpleasant. Very faint.
The color is a nice dark amber. Not opaque, and not quite like a cola.
Soft but thin head with a nice lacing that stayed around a while.
Good when very cold even though that hides most of the flavor, and good when just a touch colder than room temp. Kind of odd in beteen, though. Kind of a sickly-sweet flavor when coolish. But the sweetness calms down when it’s nearly room temp. Weird.
While I like VERY dark and strong beers more, I would certainly take this over Sam Adam’s Black Lager any day!

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Shiner Bock

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 2.6
appearance: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | mouthfeel: 2.5 | drinkability: 2.5

There’s really nothing much I can say about this. Nothing noteable about it.
Nothing really bad, nothing really good or interesting.
The amber color is OK, not much of a scent, and a bitter-sweet flavor that is basically a strong Coors. A really strong Coors.

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Guinness Extra Stout review

Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

(Beer Advocate review)
overall: 3.1
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3.5

In short, Guinness Stout kind of tastes and feels like a Guinness Draught Lite.
It has the strong bitter, hoppiness of the Draught, but not the heaviness or creamy feel. The head is nice, nutty colored, but not as think and clingy to the glass as the Draught.
The color is dark and opaque, but not as “soft” opaque as the Draught, if that makes sense.
It’s a shame I must compare it to the Draught. If I’d never had it, I probably would make the Stout my favorite thus far. It’s complex and rich enough to blow the American macros away. But just a bit too bitter and not as sweet with a bit of an aftertaste that might keep it from being a regular for me.

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Guinness Draught, Killian’s Red, and Sam Adam’s Black Lager

Instead of rewriting these, I’m going to just copy and paste the reviews I wrote for Beer Advocate on these three beers.

Enjoy (or not.)
Samual Adams Black Lager

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 2.1
appearance: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | mouthfeel: 2 | drinkability: 2

First and foremost, not impressed.
The color is kind of a dark brown tinted black, but not entirely opaque.
It looks VERY much like a cola.
The head even looked like a Pepsi head and lasts about as long.

No aroma that I could detect.

At a pretty cold temperature, it was nearly undrinkable. It taste like a cold, carbonated coffee. Or, a very weak coffee flavored cola. It’s very carbonated, sharp in the mouth, bitter yet weak, with no interesting notes.

I let it warm up a bit, and that improved it slightly. It no longer tasted like a sharply carbonated coffee cola; and more like a slightly carbonated, oily feeling weak coffee.

Cold the feel was watery. Completely. Warmed up a little, it seemed a little creamier, but actually is more oily than creamy. Lasts in the mouth a little, but not in a great way.

For someone with a little experience as I have, I find myself very surprised that I prefer a strong Guinness over this black lager. I certainly wouldn’t choose this beer again.

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Guinness Draught

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

Every time I have a Guinness Draught I like it a little more.
The first time I had it, I was used to watery macros, and the Guinness tasted like drinking liquified burnt nut bread.
But now I’m to the point of actually enjoying it, and I’ll likely like it even more as time goes by and I get more experienced with non-American macros.

The head is beautiful. Thick, soft, foamy, sticks to the glass, looks eddible.
The color is a dark black, which is a little off-putting. But not bad. I love the way the creamy “foam” kinda appears and swirls in the black as you pour it.

I don’t get the coffee smell or taste that some people have mentioned, but it does taste like toasted nuts to me. It’s thick and smooth in the mouth.
I’ve generally had it pretty cold; I haven’t tried it warmed up, though. I imagine more subtle notes become more appearant the warmer it gets; I’ll need to try that.

When I drink a Guinness, I really get the feeling that I’m sitting in a pub drinking a traditional European beer.

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Killian’s Irish Red Lager
(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 3.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3.5

Being pretty new to serious beer tasting I don’t think my palate is sophisticated enough yet to get subtle nuances, but I can say Killian’s Irish Red is better than your average macrobrew but not near as interesting as Guinness for example.

In fact, Killian’s is very much like a somewhat stronger version of a standard macro, only prettier looking.

It’s very nice looking color, a darkish, red tinted. The head is on the thin and weak side, but certainly better than most. Doesn’t last very long.

Not much of an odor. And not too interesting of a taste. Slightly hoppy, slightly bitter, vaguely sweet, but nothing you can pause and say “Hmm, do I detect notes of blank? Is that a touch of blank?”

Pretty bland in the mouth, watery.

But like I said, it’s like a slightly higher quality macrobrew. Drinkable if there’s nothing else but Bud, but I’d certainly rather have something more interesting.

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