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.
BŁckDich (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 (8147) - 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 thatís about all itís got going for it.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Another great brew by Drakes. Nice smell, perfect amber/red color, lots of lacing, with a big head. Lots of hops, malt, with a little nuttiness. A beer I could drink everyday.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear dark copper color with an ivory head. Toasted malt aroma with a warm fruity note. Toasted cereal flavor with an over-the-top bitterness. Big chewing tobacco notes. Caramel bitter finish.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Milo: Pours a deep filtered amber with a lacy white head. Aroma is biscuity, with toasted and caramel notes. English malts abound but pretty tame on the hops. Lite earthiness. Smells very much like the english beers of Dieu du Ciel (Thatís a good thing!). The body is oh so smooth and rich for the style. The flavors are again, biscuity, with a nice caramel roundness, and an excellent yeast character, not too much, just enough esters to make things interesting. Exceedingly well balanced and probably the best "Amber" I have had. Maybe more of an English Pale. Oh well, tastes authentic to me.
drfabulous (3555) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting amber. True to its description, it has a slight chocolate taste. Very different from other ambers Iíve had.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz - thanks Irishboy - Aroma is sticky carmel and toffee with a bit of hops. Pours transparent amber with a huge fluffy head and good lacing. Flavor is roasty malts and hops backed by the sticky carmel and toffee from the aroma. Palate is sticky and tart. Almost a scottish ale in my opinion. Very tasty.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle via trade with IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours a hazy deep burnt amber with about 1" of rocky biscuit head. Rich aroma of toasted caramel and toffee, fruity hops, vanilla and malt. Spotty lacing. Palate is pretty thick and smooth for an amber. Taste of rich but light caramel, hops and malt and a fairly bitter finish. Nice rich beer.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, Hennepin glass, Noogfest. Brown-amber hue with a medium, off white head. Aroma of caramel, treacle, honey, maple syrup and a floral hint. Astonishingly huge aroma for an amber ale. HUGE, I say. However, the flavor is rather disappointing. In fact, if I rated upon crushed dreams this would get a í1í for flavor. But I donít. Decent taste, feels kind of watered down, light caramel sweetness throughout with a moderate floral bite to the finish. Medium bodied with a watery texture and soft carbonation.