nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Beerguy101, thanks again Mitch! Hazy amber pour with an off white head. Aroma of brown sugar, earthy hops and some caramel malt. Flavor of light sweet malt, brown sugar, and a bit of spice. Light body, easy drinkability with a fairly clean finish. Not bad.
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 Really great color. Loved seing the setiments. Heavy and filling. Recommended.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with IrishBoy - Pours a deep amber/reddish color with an average size off white head. Light lacing. Has a toasted malt aroma. Flavor is also a toasted malt with some residual sweetness. Medium body. A very nice Amber. Thanks Richard.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark amber color with an off white head. Aroma, caramel and a light hoppy presence. Flavor was caramel and some toffee, with a mild bitterness.
marcus (7217) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Drake’s. This dark brown ale poured with a nice off-white head. The flavor is very hoppy with a carbonated mouthfeel. Better than most ambers I have tried.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle courtesy of IrishBoy. Pours a clear copper orange with a one finger light yellowish head. Aroma of some toasted cereal grain, caramel malts, some citrus hops. There is also some light nuts and lighter yeast. Much more nutty and toasty in the taste with some biscuity malts emerging towards the finish. Mild bitterness at most in the middle. Soft moderate carbonation with a medium body. Ambers usually bore me, but this one’s all right. I could drink a few of these in a row without being bored.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This is a monster amber. It is malty and hoppy at the same time with a substantial body. It pours with a copper color and a big head. Flavors are complex, there are malts, caramel, hops, and raisins. The alcohol is pronounced in the finish. This is less of a session beer than most ambers, it is quite heavy.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured a cloudy amber color with a nice rocky head and good lacing. Had a sweet caramel with some almost burnt biscuit aromas. Some small hop presants. The taste had a good balance of flavors, mixed malts with some nutty almost Brown Ale qualities. A good amount of hop bitterness and flavor peak through the rich malts. Overall one of the top ambers and another winner from Drakes.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Amber color, nice sticky head and lacing. Sweet toast, bread, rich malts, nice subtle hops. The flavor is rich and balanced, toasty umami. Lots of rich backdrop and malts. Nice finish, lightly bitter.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Deep amber colour, white head. Sweet biscuity aroma. Loads of diacetyl and oxidized caramelly malts as well. Hops are quite stale as well, but what are left are earthy and lightly fruity. Flavour is very buttery with some orangey hops. Decent bitterness but that’s about all it’s got going for it.