beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Bandera’s, Chicago, IL. Cloudy amber ale having small diminishing white head. Sour smelling aroma, like an old bar. No discernable carbonation. Medium-bodied ale that starts and finishes with a sweet malt flavor with moderate hop bitterness. A good drinkable beer that went well with roasted chicken.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly above average amber from Bells. Pours out amber (how about that). Nose of malts, some pleasent hops, big caramel, touch of honey also. Flavor is similar, but quite sweet. Malts and caramel and toffee the big heads in this one.
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not my most favorite amber. Beautiful color, not much head, great malty aroma. I found the hops to be a bit more on the bitter side than I like, overwhelming the maltiness that could have been.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Pailhead for this beer.
Poured an effervescent dark golden with a small fizzy off-white head which dissipated completely. Sweet malty aroma with a touch of zesty hops. Taste is sweeter than I expected from an amber, with a touch of lemon and just the slightest hop kick. Very smooth and drinkable... goes down easy. Great session brew.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color,small head that faded slowly leaving little behind.The aroma was decent with a good malty side some hops and maybe a bit of caramel in there but hard to say.The flavor was much better then i was expecting with a good maltiness some roasty notes with some hints of nuttiness and hops and just a slight bitterness in the end.over all it’s fairly pleasant and easy to drink but the price is getting a bit out of hand for a 6/pk at $9 It’s worth trying more often but at that price it will be awhile.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good amber ale...mostly sweet roasted malts...caramel/toffee/honey/ etc but a very lightly bitter note in the very tail end. Pretty refreshing, but nothing outstanding.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly translucent brass in color with a bubbly body and a fizzy off-white wrung for the head. Aroma is a nice precursor to the flavor, relying on caramel, buttered toffee, sweet cedar, maple nut fudge and yeasty honey bread. Sweet caramel currents slide in for the first flavor mannerism, complimented by maple syrup over pecan pancakes. Some honeycomb elements and mild Sugar Daddies continue the nutty sweetness. Lovely moderate bitterness trapped between the tongue and the roof of the mouth and a sweet revering element that takes care of the rest of the palate’s territory. Formidable sprits, which lends itself well to the balance of the beer – an area where many other ambers take a turn for the worse and entertain acidity and bite. Sweet maple comprises the finish. One of the style’s bests, reminding me of Dark Horse’s amber (though filed in different style categories.)
lamas (1546) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Batch ID #6874. Packaged on: May 12, 2005. Pours a very cloudy, rusty orange with lots of little floaties and a thin, effervescent tan head. Crisp aroma of hay, caramel and nutmeg. High level of carbonation. Sweet caramelly body with some earthy hops and a hint of honey. A tad dry with a moderately bitter, sour and spicy finish.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid amber. Thick, lacy head, rich,malty aroma. Just enough hop to prevent cloying sweetness,ie., well-balanced. Nice drinkable beer.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
malts and a little bit of yeast in the nose, body is clear amber with a load of particulate that never actually settles out. sweet malty flavor with a bit of pine hops and a bit of honey. slightly bitter on the very end, but overall very nice.