Darkmagus82 (2128) - - SEP 7, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a slightly hazed reddish amber color with a big billowy white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a layer of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a toffee and bready aroma with some other smells of some sweet notes of a dark fruits (raisin and plum) and caramel along with a bit of a nutty aroma as well. Along with these smells comes some lighter hop notes of an earthy and herbal nature, giving an overall quite nice smell to the brew.
Taste – The taste begins very malty with tons of lightly toasted bready tastes. Along with these flavors comes a good deal of sweetness, being a mix of the toffee/caramel and some darker fruit notes. The hop are very light upfront, but as the taste moves forward more hop of a pine, earthy, and herbal nature come to the tongue. The roasted flavors seem to get a bit stronger as the taste moves on, all while some of the sweeter flavors lose a bit of ground. With the hop increasing in presence a bit more right at the end, one is left with a very malty and roasty but decently sweeter taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thick for its mere 5.3% abv. nature with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thicker body nicely accentuates the roasty and bready flavors rather well, accentuating these flavors rather nicely.
Overall- A rather robust red ale at a more moderate abv. This is a great fall style brew. Rather tasty and actually pretty balanced. While it is malty and somewhat sweet, it has a good balance of hop to make it very enjoyable.
tmongoose (1956) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I am not much of an amber ale person to begin with but when I seen it on nitro curiosity got the better of me. shared a pint with my friend. it poured a dark rich red color with plenty of off white head and the lacing covered the glass. nice rich malt aroma with plenty of toffee and caramel. the flavor held true to the nose. deep rich malts toffee with under tones of the caramel. rich and velvety on the tongue. overall pretty decent all the way around.
Stine (1733) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nitro pour, copper color, muted aroma. Sweet pine, orange rind, strawberry, black tea. Stylistically straightforward and heavily hopped. Ample, grainy maltiness, dog biscuits and caramel. Slick sugars and a buried buttered popcorn sensation, cloying. Flavor is simple, with grains and needly hops, burnt orange rinds, acerbic bitterness in the way of raspberry seeds, or over-steeped tea leaves, expectedly. Damp, earthy notes - wet leaves, wood, and must - are helpful to sustain drinkability amidst the prominent partnership of sugars and sticky resins. Limp palate. Since this is neither a malt-forward nor a clean, deceptively simple beer, the nitrogen treatment doesn’t seem helpful. Butter-dominant with warming.
rondphoto (3337) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap @ Cock & Bull / Covington KY --- Clear amber brown color, solid 1" frothy beige head, curtain of lace. Taste is fullp-bodied malt that adds mild carbonation on the swallow, then turns to smooth hops in the finish. Drys the mouth in the end, which diminishes the overall effect.
DeanF (2047) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - AUG 10, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent head that’s antique white with a copper-brown body and no carbonation. Aroma is decent hops with a hint of malty caramel. Flavour is nice hoppy notes with a hint of maltiness. Slightly thin on the mouth. Decent, drinkable.
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear reddish copper with a small-medium sticky long lasting off white head and moderate lace. Aroma is earthy, citrus, pine and sweet caramel malts. Flavour is earthy, resin, pine, mild grapefruit, mild bitterness, mild sweetness, bread crust, caramel and a mildly dry finish. Pretty tasty.
Reconqvista (339) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brigh amber colored beer with a white lasting head. Aroma is roasted caramel and some fruity traces. Flavor is sweet with a little hop bitterness. Finish is dry and short.
AgentAle (1307) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is rich malts, earthy, lemon grass, pine cones and honey. Taste is light sweet malts consumed by a moderate hop profile, clove, lemon grass and citrus. Appearance is a clear bronze body with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
Bookseeb (132) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance has a nice red amber hue supporting a healthy head leaving nice lace. Smell has a caramel aroma with a light roast and fruity hops. Taste has a hop bite to it balanced out with the malt. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.
Oldschool_Mike (264) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown colour. Aroma is slight floral hops. Taste is floral hops and sweet malt. Nice beer.
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