DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
01-Dec-09 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 08-Sep-09 for $3.99 at www.wineandcheeseplace.com) This sweet, malt-centric amber ale is my first exposure to this brewery/winery. The antithesis to hoppy amber ales from the West Coast, this offering combines sweet caramely malts, cocoa, bread crust, heavily buttered toast, brown sugar, red apples, and toffee. There is a slight unsweetened tea-like flavor in the finish as well. The beer is sweet, but with hops making what seems to be no contribution, the sugary sweetness is unchecked, resulting in a somewhat cloying beer. Medium in body and low in carbonation. Sweet caramel, buttered toast and toffee in the nose. Clear in appearance and dark-amber in color, but head retention is poor; the off-white head rises to no more than a quarter inch before rapidly dissipating within a few minutes, with not even a small ring of bubbles around the edge, and no lacing whatsoever. Rather mediocre overall. I like malty beers, but this amber ale is on the sweet side and could really use more (some?) influence from hops to round it out and give the beer much-needed balance.
bhensonb (9863) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours dark ruddy amber with a foamy tan head. Aroma is lightly spicey. Med body/sharp, frothy carb. Flavor is roast caramel, but this is not sweet, and the malt is strongly offset by spice. If thatís from the hop mix, itís a very good job.
vyvvy (3422) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
While amber ales arenít my favorite, Charleville has definitely made improvement to what this used to be, so Iím glad I held off on my rating until now. Pours dark amber / copper with a small beige head that leaves quickly. The aroma has lots of nutty toasty malt, light dough and a hint of hops. Medium / light body thatís a bit rough and has moderate sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with clean toasty amber ale malt, hazelnuts, some spice and is a bit drier than most ambers. The finish has a hoppy spice bite and is crisp. Not my favorite style, but this is good for what it is.
theisti (3007) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle purchased at The Wine and Cheese Place in St Louis, Missouri. Pour is a slightly hazed darker amber golden with a one inch off white head that is fully formed, and falls slow with pretty lacing. Aroma is fresh and clean malt - mild nuttiness, along with baking chocolate and a citrus in the back. Taste is the malt up front, full and nutty, sweet and finally a touch of citrus. Nice balance and blend of flavors, though nothing terribly complex (which made it smooth and drinkable). Palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation and a sweeter lingering finish. Unfiltered for certain. Nice amber.
JoeinEscazķ (1325) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - SEP 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty darkish amber color with lots of body evident. Very much on the caramel-malty end of the spectrum. Lightly sweet with the impression of more. Not exactly refreshing but chewy and tasty enough. Not so useful if youíre thirsty but probably nice with all sorts of food.
phaleslu (5208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Enigma in St. Louis. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small off-white head. Notes of caramel malts, earthy hops, nuts, overripe fruit, grass, and mild spices. Light-medium bodied, with mild carbonation and a light malt mouthfeel. Decent, sessionable amber ale.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Name: Toronado Alley Amber
Date: February 20, 2010
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, light chocolate, touch of breadyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, caramel sweetness, touch of tartness, vegitable
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 2/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 4/20
Score: * /4
wwwdottom (38) - Breese, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber - pours a dark though fairly copper - nice hop aroma for an amber ale - goes down smooth and dry with light carbonation - good amber ale
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours out a well-hazed, dark amber body with a thin, whitish head.
Smell: Modestly malty notes of toasty bread crusts, caramel, and cocoa. Some scant herbal, earthy accents as well as a noteworthy background tart scent.
Taste: Initial malty taste of toasted bread with lightly sweet hints of caramel and cocoa. Curious tartness creeps into the taste. Lightly herbal, citrusy hop character and bitterness. Drying finish with that slight tartness enduring into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Thatís it? Well, itís definitely not the best amber ale to be had out there by any means.
OzarkElmo (280) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in tasting room at winery/brewery. Medium clear amber with moderate head, mostly diminishing. Mild aroma of medium-roasted malt, caramel - light on the hop side, which was expected. Overall a well-balanced amber ale with good, somewhat crisp and dry finish. A good beer IMO - cheers!