argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper body with medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, chocolate, some earthy, nutty. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, chocolate, nutty, finishes with some earthy and grapefruit along with chocolate. Light-medium body. This would make a nice "transition beer."
bhensonb (8997) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong malty aroma backed with a lot of citrus hop. Dark, mostly mahogany, color with a white head that flattened promptly. Medium bodied with creamy, chewy carbonation. Starts with a lot of roasted malt, and not enough citrus hop to really balance it. On the plus side every flavor is very strong. There is some light stone fruit in the middle, and the finish is not really all that sweet. There is some definite bitter at the end. The hop profile is probably a lot more complicated than my nose. It is really amazing. More of a malty IPA than an amber?
hopdog (7657) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!). Poured a medium and cloudy copperish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, caramel, and toasted malts. Tastes of caramel, floral hops, some citrus, and lightly fruity. Nice bitter finish. Some lacing left on the glass. A very nice Amber Ale.
Ratman197 (7628) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, biscuit, earthiness and a hint of citrus. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit rind and light earthiness with a lingering bitter finish.
3fourths (6954) - StraŖgiech, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Failr good regular amber, the hops are there. Rich and solid bodied, flavors of light wood and some caramel/pine hops with a roasted nut quality. Thanks to beerguy101 for the bottle.
Cletus (6182) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of RiversideAK. Pours red with a white head. Smells of roses, earth, tea, some oranges. Tastes bitter with some sweet malty undertones. Palate is full bodied. Finish is lightly sweet.
bb (5888) - 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.
HogTownHarry (5639) - 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.
BŁckDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber bronze. Hopps with notes of caramel malts in the nose. The flavor is balanced with a weight towards dry hops & spices. Finishes balanced, creamy, very nice malt focus.
riversideAK (5413) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First off, I am not 100% sure this really is an amber ale, but thatís cool. Nice aroma of toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, tea leaves, floral and citrus like hops. It almost reminded me of say 1/2 a barley wine. Pours a dark red with a nice lasting creamy head and great lacing. Flavors of some darker malts, dark fruits, a leafy hoppy tea kind of thing, floral notes, some light citrus, toffee, chocolate. All things considered pretty damn complex. A good amount of hops in the finish leaves a nice lingering bitterness. I could session this stuff. Just wish I had more.