CptAmerica (29) - USA - MAR 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transparent Brown in color with a tan head. There are few different flavors to appeal to the tongue. It has kind of a hoppy flavor then carmelized barley, then a kind of citrus blend. Very good beer.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma nonexistent. Pours brown. Tastes balanced but not in an interesting way but rather boring. Pours out of an aluminum "bottle".
freekyp (1452) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep reddish brown body. Crystal clear with a frothy off-white head. Aroma shows,a strong toffee component with some black cherries. Malty and sweet and very softly carbonated, Amber Sun finishes with a slight rise in bittering hops.
kramer (4379) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz aluminum bottle. Pours a nice clear dark amber body with a small fizzy off-white head that left a tiny bit of lacing. The nose is rather light, a touch of toasted malt and maybe a light hint of hops. A little caramel sweetness as it warmed. The flavor is a little rough and husky, certainly on the sweeter side, with a minimal touch of bitterness. Medium bodied, a touch clingy with prickly fizzy carbonation. Not so good. Should have stayed 16 miles away from this variety pack, this is what you get when you’re too impatient to wait for RateBeer to load on your smartphone.
BeerandBlues2 (8557) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with an average, creamy beige head, medium-short retention with fair to good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toast, caramel, cookie, nutty), average hops (earthy, woody, herbal), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Flavor is heavy malt (toast, caramel, cookie, nutty), average hops (earthy, woody, herbal), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, light creaminess with a dry and biting finish.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Cafe Gelatto’s in Newark. Pour looked like a standard amber, almost copper color, thin white head, lacing weak. The aroma was caramel and some toasty notes. The flavor followed with some nutty elements, somewhat of a sweet finish in need of a tad more hops. A mediocre example of the style, drinkable and somewhat enjoyable, but certainly not memorable. Mouthfeel was malty smooth, medium body, a tad light on the carbonation.
radagast83 (3797) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
651ml bottle. Poured a clear ruby red color with a medium, foamy white head - no lacing. Aroma is a slightly roasted malt body with caramels, touch of hops, though only just there. Flavor is malty, with brown sugar notes, nutty character, touch of yeast in the finish along with caramel and just a touch of chocolate buried somewhere in there.
Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aluminum can. Poured hazy medium amber with a short, uniform cap of tan head. The aroma picked up toasted caramel and nutty notes with an odd sour fruit skin component laced throughout.. touches of iced tea and brown sugar too..seemed off. The flavor found similar components, up to and including the odd vinegary fruit sourness.. more nutty on the finish.. came across a little better than the nose. Lighter-bodied and a touch chalky on the palate.. the sourness was again odd.. not sure if this came across as intended.
Elwood (2959) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Serving: 22 oz. aluminum bottle from the Bayville Package Store.
It pours a very deep amber, almost the color of tea. A small, foamy, off-white head sits on top. The nose is all malt with some caramel, a bit of nondescript fruitiness, and some malt sweetness. The taste is no exactly stellar with a lot of sweetness up front, a bit of caramel, slightly metallic stale hop bitterness, bready malt, and an artificial fruit flavor. Not the best combination. Light to medium in body with average carbonation and a lingering malty-bitter finish. The finish lasts way too long when it’s this bad. I am going to struggle to get this one down. Pass on this over malted mess.
machfive55 (353) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tried this on tap at the brewery. I thought this was a fairly solid amber ale, nothing over the top but certainly a very drinkable beer.