HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2005 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Tupalev, bottle courtesy of GregClow. Poured clear reddish brown with a small quick-diminishing tan head. Light roast malt aroma, with interesting melange of resiny oil-based paint, mushrooms, hops, milk chocolate and peat. Flavour started with burnt toffee malt sweetness, faintly of chocolate, then an almost harsh hop bitterness muscled in - also musty damp wood, roasted pine nuts; not as sweet as I must make it sound, a wonderfully complex brew, quite a surprise. Mouthfeel is constantly shifting - hoppy/malty/chocolate back to hops, then caramel - itís a decent bodied brew, but with all the flavour action it seems somehow it should be fuller-bodied. The reminded me of a youthful, lighter version of the aged Elizabethan (Harvest) Ale we sample a few months back, just not so syrupy-sweet and more hops (less alcohol too). Very nice - highly recommended.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brownish orange ruby with a smallish head, aroma is roasty sweet malt and bitter. Flavor is toasted orange, caramel, some spice and a earthy hops bitter finish. Overall this works very well, quite enjoyable.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poursa deep brown/amber hue with a light off-white head. Aromas of Caramel, toffee, honey, roasted nuts and little raisiny. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a full finish. Flavors of caramel, light bitterness, honey, a little more caramel, roasted nuts. Wow....I need to buy more of this from Trajer joes for only 5.99 a sixer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a deep red body topped by a thick, off-white head with some lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a note of flowers, a touch of carmel, some fruity notes, and a slight hoppiness. The flavor is similar with a bit more bitter hoppiness to it and a slight medicinal note. Medium bodiied and slightly warming.
dwyerpg (4637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red-brown in hue, with a strong hop smell (almost IPA level). However, it certainly isnít an IPA, which is okay, for this is a fine red ale nonetheless. Their description of the the beer is suprisingly good, especially about the dryhopping coming out in the end. Has a faint hint of nuttiness as well.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish amber hue, good head formation. Caramel malt and citrus fruit aroma. Well balanced palate just enough fruity citrus bite to counter the chocolatey/caramel malt palate. Refreshing and flavorful, top notch amber.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Ruby-mahogony color with a beige head. Big caramel aroma with light hops. Rich malt flavors with caramel and chocolate. LIght citrus bitterness. Fuller bodied but easy enough to drink. Nice balance with malts showing nicely.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours red and clear with a small off white head. Aroma is nice, Sweet and malty, a little bit of fruit and spice with some floral hops evident as well. Sweet caramel malts with a nice hop profile and citric bite. Light body and aggressive carbonation. This is a crisp refreshing amber. Better than I was expecting.
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pretty impressive for an amber ale. Deep Amber color with a yellowish head. Head disapated quickly, but left nice lacing nonetheless. Aromas of caramel and hoppy citrus. Flavors of hops too. Very good finish.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy chestnut brown color with a large off-white head. Nice mild roasted nut aroma, with a little honey and citrus. Very nice roasted nut and citrus hops flavor. Nice slightly crisp finish.