Finhead (1601) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark, amber-brown pour with a big, foamy tan head. The aroma is sugary sweet with caramel and some light bread. The medium body has a slick texture with average carbonation. The taste is very sweet, a little too much.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample from beerfest. Poured a deep amber color with a smaller head. Aroma was caramel, malts, brown sugar and molasses. Flavor was deep canides, sweeter malts, caramel, and some metallic earthy flavors. Kind od thin and watery body. Something just didn’t add up on this one. Just below average.
seymour (1857) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted from bottle into standard pint glass. Poured a deep amber color (despite the brewer’s description, mine wasn’t at all red) with fluffy white head, somewhat persistent, no lace. Aromas and flavors were true-to-style for a basic amber ale. Hops weren’t very noticeable, but enough bitterness to balance a very malty beer. Lots of caramel, nutty and fruity. Medium body with creamy and bubbly mouthfeel. Long lasting malty-sweet aftertaste. Lacked complexity but very drinkable. A good "pizza beer."
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle... dark amber, more copper than amber in the center, no head... the aroma is not very good, light caramel, sweet and dirty musky finish... tastes awful, weird grainy coffee mixed with wort, very thin... pass
ben4321 (5642) - 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 (4755) - 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 (376) - 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 (3791) - Wentzville, 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 (3051) - 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 (13980) - 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.