ben4321 (3812) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 10/10/11
Aroma: The nose has notes of caramel, some toast, yeast, nuts, and a little bit of spice too
Appearance: Pours a clear caramel-brown color with a thick, foamy -off-white head and heavy lace
Flavor: The taste is mildly sweet, malty, and unfortunately, the finish is a little on the soapy side
Palate: The body is light (leaning toward medium), with a similarly soapy mouthfeel and an average carbonation
I wasn’t overly impressed here. This was not a great beer by any means. It looks nice, it is drinkable enough, and the nose is fine, but that soapiness is what throws it off for me. Otherwise it would have been a fine beer, but that displeasingness has to hurt the score.
hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The 22 oz bottle came courtesy of Strykzone, IT pours a rich amber color with a decent sized tan head and moderate lacing. Nose is caramel malt sand some floral hops. Medium body and a lively carbonated mouthfeel. Flavor is roast caramel malts ands some spicy overtones. Light bitter finish. Pretty decent overall for the style.
Onionkid (361) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - SEP 29, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. A sweet, caramel aroma. Similar taste, very weighty beer. Not in a full bodied sense flavor-wise, but more-so filling. It’s a sinker in your gut, and the abv (has a weak taste, no real booze burn) and taste don’t stack up for it. Chalky taste overall, for an amber it’s pretty mediocre. At least the price is acceptable. Not sure on abv.
jandd1983 (2505) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampler at the W&C in Ballwin, Mo. It poured a brown color with an average tan head. The aroma was a decent mix of caramel malts and dark chocolate. The flavor was toasted malts and some caramel sweetness. Very decent amber ale.
DarkElf (3033) - 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 (10803) - 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 that’s from the hop mix, it’s a very good job.
vyvvy (3904) - 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 aren’t my favorite, Charleville has definitely made improvement to what this used to be, so I’m 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 that’s 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 (3185) - 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.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - 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 you’re thirsty but probably nice with all sorts of food.
phaleslu (6286) - 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.