McCarthy's Bane - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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Reviews by arizcards:
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Picked up a bomber at Total Wine back in mid-August for $9.49.
Beer poured a reddish brown with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.
Nose is wonderful citrus hops and bready malts.
Taste is pretty well balanced. Caramel bread malts blend nicely with the citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and pretty smooth.
Overall this is a pretty good brew. Definitely try it if you come across it.
11-23-2013 01:23:40 | More by arizcards
More User Reviews:
4.21/5 rDev +9.4%
This one is a thick, deep, heavy-looking ruddy orange-brown. It grows a thick, creamy, dense tan head one finger tall that pillows the big brew beneath and never really leaves. It kinds of sits around at half a finger and leaves a few big, heavy, fat rings of lacing toward the top of the glass, legs out a bit, and leaves follows with some equally heavy patching.
Pithy and bready on the nose, the aroma portends some big malts under a hop-heavy foundation. An herbal quality stands out among the bitterness too. There's kind of a dank, earthy quality to it underneath. This is a strong aroma, certainly far from muted.
This one is bout as hoppy as a red gets. At first a touch metallic along with the earthiness, I wonder if some variety of English hops or malts were used here. Otherwise piney and pithy with a pretty good balance from malts, or at least just enough to keep it from teetering over the edge. Caramel and toffee with some breads come out here also.
There's a big body to this brew without going overboard, and it's pretty rich and thick off an initial crispness that stays light but consistent all the way before cutting into a dry, woody finish.
05-23-2013 21:34:26 | More by Brenden
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Appearance - Poured aggressively, this ruby brown brew produced an off-white, 3 finger head with good retention. Fair, sticky lacing.
Smell - Noticeable citrus hop aroma, mostly grapefruit, backed by notes of caramel.
Taste - Follows the nose. Caramel malt, a faint hint of roasted coffee malt character, and a strong, oily grapefruit hop presence, with hints of pine, which start small and grows in dominance as the beer heads toward the finish. Lingering bitter pith aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Medium to full body, with a fair amount of carbonation. Somewhat velvety in smoothness.
Overall - Fairly impressive Imperial Red. If I had to describe the flavor in three words, I'd call it 'Arrogant Bastard Light'. They share similar flavors, though AB is more complex, aggressive and bitter. This for $8, or AB for $5? Give me the AB.
11-02-2012 04:29:38 | More by TheSixthRing
4.08/5 rDev +6%
As with just about everything from Knee Deep Brewing this beer rocked my palate. The brew poured a very dark crimson red verging on brown with about half a fingers worth of a khaki head. The aroma has plenty of spice, toffee and a hint of citrus. The taste is earthy with a blast of bitterness of the front of the tongue, slightly sweet and bready on the middle of the tongue and finishes dry. It's medium bodied beer and masks the 8% ABV very well.
01-03-2013 18:21:38 | More by Topher78
3.74/5 rDev -2.9%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere in the Middlebury/Burlington area.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark beige head over the clear amber brew. Head deflates slowly, with sticky chunky lacing. Aroma is sedate, with some pine hops present.
Taste starts moderately sweet, fruot and citrus in the middle, balancing bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Reasonable beer here.
06-27-2013 23:45:20 | More by ppoitras
3.64/5 rDev -5.5%
I've been on a Knee Deep kick lately, and this was my latest adventure. First of all, I thought the label art was very cool. Second, this beer has an incredible smell, one of the best I have experienced. Sweet maple and brown sugar, plum and fig combined with some mild pine and malt. Pours a deep, dark reddish brown with medium head. Taste replicates the smell to a more mild degree. The hops come out a bit more in the taste, as well as some very slight smoke. I don't feel that the smell quite lives up to how exquisite it smells, but this is still a great all around beer. No booze in the taste. Mild carbonation.
03-04-2013 05:42:37 | More by Samuel906
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
The rye lingers as this beer warms. Citrus hops, caramel is balanced with the citrus character. Very good imperial Amber Ale. Taste like an IPA, but lacking most characters in an IPA. This is a strong version of an Amber.
I got this one fresh. Only a week old.
04-12-2014 08:06:07 | More by Celtics17
McCarthy's Bane from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.