cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lot of apple and pear in the aroma, packed with wheat and a grassy note. Sweet, light malt with a crisp, light finish. Not as chewy as I expected. Maybe I should stop reading the commercial descriptions until after I rate? Spritzy, yeasty and light caramel flavors abound. Thanks egajdzis for bottling this for us and shame on me for not drinking it earlier.
DocLock (8086) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this in late July at the brewpub. Amber-colored with a medium head. Aroma of malt, slight toffee, slight fruit. Tastes malty, with a good marzen flavor and a caramel/cognacy finish. This one was nice. I can’t wait for this year’s DFH pumpkin ale.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUL 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bready, biscut, sweet malt nose with a little lager yeast and floral hoppieness. Soft sustaining head on an a iced tea colored body. Medium mouthfeel with some moderate bready malts and a definite herbal hoppieness. Finishes with a touch of malt. Thanks again Eric.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Philly gatherin on July 10, courtesy of Eric (egajdzis). Cloudy copper; sweet berry-malt nose, quite nice. Lightly toasty, a bit spicy and aromatic, great body...definitely above-average Octoberfest.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I honestly don’t remember too much about this stuff as it was mixed in with too many excellent beers the day I sampled it. Thanks to Eric for bringing this along. I do recall it was middle of the road, so middle of the road ratings it gets. Easy enough.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber. Aroma is anise and chewy malt. Flavor is a sharp anise with a mild clean maltiness. What do you know DFH overused an exotic ingredient. It is actually a decent taste but it is hard to drink very much of it at all.
obxdude10 (2085) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample from egajdzis’ growler, amber in color, slight bubbly white head, a little thin in the body, mild flavors, slightly watery as well, a little disappointing overall, especially since it comes from DFH, I’ll maybe have to re-rate when I head down there in a few weeks
argo0 (11712) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle from growler courtesy of egajdzis) Clear, dark amber topped by medium beige head. Aroma is strong anise, spicy, caramel. Taste is mild sweet, caramel, some anise. Smooth, watery, light-medium body. That anise takes some getting used to, but decent brew for what it is.
JFGrind (1866) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet Home Amber had the looks of a golden lager (think Saranac Lager). Medium body brew, sweet malt taste and great lacing. Good looking beer, and perfect session brew.
egajdzis (5431) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a caramel color with a small off-white head and nice lacing on the glass. Earthy aroma, also sweet caramel malts and anisette (strong licorice). Taste was malty, crisp, and refreshing, with a light licorice taste as well, with light carbonation.