Nik925 (779) - USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful malt in flavor and color. Great bitter balance. Hop flavor could be a bit brighter and clean, but since it isn’t the dominant flavor the slight dullness there detracts less. Can’t ask for a better aroma. Have had the 6.66 Halloween version and it was similarly excellent. Curious how they compare. Nice nod to a great band just for a bonus.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Root Cellar. Pours a dark but clear chocolate brown with a small tan head. Aroma of toasted, caramel, and chocolate malts, earthy hops, and a hint of citrus. Flavor brings the same variety of malts and earthy, mildly citrusy hops. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, bitter mouthfeel. Good hoppy amber ale that is certainly a unique take on the style despite not being very complex.
JPDurden24 (1664) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery, red pour, resiny, chocolate and caramel malts, flavor is mildly hop bitterness with some citrus. Good stuff!!
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great as a red ale. Really good hoppiness and not overdone, with chocolate in the secondary to give it an added dimension. Very good drinkability. Bottle from Campone’s, well worth the $12 and email to keep aside for me.Hoppier than its scent. Above average mouthfeel.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep red with a khaki head. Aroma is sweet bready malts and piney hops. Taste is sweet with balanced bitterness. Medium bodied. Good.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Not sure how this review got by me. There are very few things I enjoy more than an amazing amber ale, and unfortunately this is only one of a few greats that I have had.
bhensonb (12947) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Nugget Market in Davis, CA. Pours very dark and ruddy with a foamy tan head. Nose seems floral with resin backing. Full bodied, almost. Flavor is pine/grapefruit with chocolaty dark malt. It finishes smooth bitter with chocolate notes.
Marheb (3534) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pas aussi flamboyante que je l’aurais aimé mais j’adore ce genre de profil malté soudé à une délicate croute houblonnée.
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply. Pours a dark, cloudy, reddish brown, fair amount of tan-red head. Aroma is resinous hops, chocolate malt, dark chocolate and a sticky sweetness overall. Body is thin at first, then reveals its richness, very malty. Finish is surprisingly sweet, and maybe a bit abrupt for my liking overall, but as someone who doesn’t usually go in for reds or ambers, this is a stunning beer.
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clearish dark mahogany. Long-lasting, rather generous head that recedes to an eternal off-white film. Nutty, leafy, earthy nose with perhaps less hop aromatic than I’d anticipated, but then again, it must have a few months under its belt. As always, Alesmith greets us with flawless malt extraction, bringing forth chocolate, chestnut and caramel nuances where there is actually little to no roast feeling at all. The hops chime in with a gently citrusy, fairly juicy presence that closes on the leafiness that had first been noticed upon smelling. Clean and fairly easy to drink, becoming toastier and toastier as it warms, yet maintaining its bitter backbone in good proximity to keep the residual sugars at bay. A balanced American Red Ale that is not a show-stealer in Alesmith’s portfolio, but a very pleasant drink nevertheless.