SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to awaisanen for this!
Drake’s pours into the glass with a beautiful creamy off-white head over a reddish amber body.
Caramel malt in the aroma is joined by some light hops.
Well balanced and clean. Perhaps an unexciting style, but this brew is solidly done just the same.
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber body with a white head.sweet malty aroma.flavor is coffee,chocolate,molasses,and roasted malts.i must say i was pretty impressed with this amber ale.
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 Amber body with a light tan head. Caramal malt aroma with a coffee malted taste with a faint hint of molasses.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have to say that I really didn’t think this was an amber ale, but more along the lines of an ESB. Very nice body to it with a fruity hoppiness to it to let you know you are drinking a Drakes product. The beverage was full and round with a clean crisp finish. VERY drinkable and very enjoyable.
smcd (366) - USA - APR 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz Bottle. 04/2006) Subtle nose of stewed malts and the resulting caramel. Clear, deep amber with medium, off-white head that dissipates to a prominent ring (but little film). No lace. Very mellow, malty with notes of astringent grain and caramel. An almost orangey hoppiness and creamy finish that lingers for just a few seconds. Very tasty.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear dark amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma consisted of peanuts, toffee, dry popcorn and a little earthy. Also present were notes of tobaco leaf and some chocolate. Malty flavor that is not nearly complex as the aroma. Mainly caramel with peanuts on the finish. Light to medium bodied with a hop bitterness on the finish.
twcguy (32) - USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours red-amber with smallish beige head. Caramel nose, followed by tasty malt flavors. A good amber.
Lubiere (9789) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reddish amber ale with a light moka head. Nice caramel malt aroma with discreet hops and cinnamon notes. Crisp nutty malt in mouth with lactic notes. Lighter bodied. Overall, a bit plain. Russian River Beer Revival & Barbecue Cook-Off, August 20, 2005.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep tea-brown, with average, concentrically-arrayed head forming in glass. Aroma is hazelnuts, dark bread (pumpernickel) and charred coffee along with a general undertone of sticky malt. Tastes initially slightly sweet, then a big sweet slice of fresh baked bread dunked in some slightly overroasted coffee. Finishes a bit too clean really. Little hops character, but it’s to be expected for the style. Well done, but not as distinctive as other Drake’s beers I’ve had.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Dirty amber, fairly dark, lots of chunks floating about, moderate light beige head, frothy, so-so lacing, light carbonation.   Malty, biscuity, buttscotch nose.   Soft malt start, semi-sweet, although the sweetness seems somewhat artificial, with a big earthy finish.   A bit more hop on the exit, but doesn’t seem all too clean.   Slight astringency lingers.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Tiz okay, but not my bag I guess.   Thanks Dan!