SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz Bottle from Fordest. Pours a ruby amber color with minimal fizzy head. Nose is almost vacant, some light caramel notes here and there. Taste is very nice though. A great malt feeling, rich nuttiness, and some sweet caramel, rounded out with a nice bitter finish.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really like this beer, but the first time I had it was during a vacation in Alaska, so my perception may be slightly skewed. Pours a deep amber, flavor is sweet malts, finish is slightly bitter and dry. A very good session beer
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Don’t know how I went so long without trying this, I guess I thought it would be just plain average. Nice sweet/malty flavor, super smooth and silky on the palate, with no bitterness or off flavors. Maybe it was because it was fresh off the tap, but it was too easy to put 3 pints away. I’m going to buy some bottles of this.
fordest (2030) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours an amberish amber, with a decent head that didn’t last long. Aromas were mostly malty and a decent hop character in the flavor. Slightly bitter finish. OK beer.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 14, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Not a bad beer by any means, but not very exciting either. With little in the way of hops here, the beer is easily tipped toward the malty end of the scale. That maltiness is caramely and sweet, and while sweet is often a good thing to me, with this beer, the sweetness is quite sugary and cheap-tasting. The beer also has a modest floral character that’s not doing much for me either. The nose is also caramely, very sugary and sweet. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated, but a bit cloying and tiring on the palate. The crystal clear, dark amber color is very rich-looking. The small, off-white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves no lacing. Alaskan makes some great beer, but this is definitely not one of them.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No date on the bottle, at least as I can tell. Poured amber with a fizzy quickly fading head. Nose was sour-malt. Taste was the same. While not a "great" brew, very easy to drink. Seems to be right in the style range. Thanks for the trade.
OldMrCrow (2161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2006 From the bottle
Pours a deep amber. A pleasent session beer, well balanced between rounded malts and enough hops to keep things interesting, though sweeter than I might have expected or preferred.
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bomber - Color is a dark amber/ copper, with a nice creamy head that hangs on for awhile. The aroma is mostly that of malt and light hops. Like the aroma, the taste is mostly that of sweet malts, with a nice mild hoppy bitterness. Mouth feel is kind of fizzy and full, a bit more carbonation than I like. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and a bit dry. This is another decent amber ale. It’s not a great beer but it’s very nice and very drinkable.
BruinBeer (6) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 9, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2006 This is a good beer! It’s not a coveted microbrew but it certainly holds its own. It has just the right amount of sweetness with a slightly bitter finish. I’ve just had one bottle but I feel like I could drink the other five without any regret. Good tasting, refreshing, and surprisingly easy on the palate.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Very refreshing and easy drinking. Pours deep amber with a quick head. Aroma is a little light with toffee, caramel, cherry and banana. The first sip was very unexpected. I thought I’d get something bland and uninspired, but instead, it was heavy with banana, some spices and nuttiness. The spices mingled on my tongue to produce a nice tingle. It may be a bit metallic, but that subsided quickly. It finishes smooth and refreshing. One of the better alts I’ve had.