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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Our flagship amber ale is brewed with English malt, hops and yeast. The extra malt lends a lightly toasted, chocolate flavor, a tawny color, and a smooth, rich character; it's perfect for sipping one or enjoying many.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle. Pours with a voluminous, light brown, creamy head. Hazed amber body. Great lace. Aroma of toffee, crystal malt, light hops. Taste is nutty and woody with a bit of caramel. Slightly metallic. Fizzy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
A- Pours a very cloudy and hazy dark orange and amber hue, the head is a nice layer of white pillowy froth, big thick lacing on the glass S- Aroma is roasted and caramel malts, pine hops punch through the malts, some sweet fruits and nuts, nice earthy almost dirt-like scents, some pepper and alcohol T- Initial taste is mostly caramel and earthy malts which flows to floral and fruit hops and finishes with dry, spicy bitterness that fades quickly M- Medium-bodied with a thick watery texture and dialed-up, biting carbonation D- Pretty smooth and easy drinking at 6%abv, I donít have much to say about this beer, nothing horrible but nothing great, overall a solid amber offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Thin head of fine bubbles. Good carbonation though. Sweet caramel aroma with some dark fruit and molasses. Looks and smells like a nice english barleywine. Color is a murky mahagony brown. Sweet flavor with lots of roasted grains and plenty of malt for body. Pretty thick and chewey. Some earthy and peaty notes in there also. You up the alcohol content on this brew and you have yourself a decent barleywine. More raisins and prunes. Finishes oily and roasty with more lingering earthy notes. Very surprised with this brew. Plesantly surprised.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2008
From a 12oz Bottle. Mostly hazy, brown sugar colored pour with a huge head of fizzy beige. Unusually high level of carbonation. Estery nose of pear skins and apple. Malty notes of bread crust and biscuit lay beneath. Too estery for my tastes. Light bodied, heavily carbonated mouthfeel with a dry, seltzery texture. Flavors of biscuit and caramel malt, followed by a bold hop bitterness; in fact, orval-like hop bitterness. Tastes suspiciously bretty, contributing to a funky earthy quality that dominates the finish. Dirty.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hayduke (3159) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
From six pack that cost $8.99 at BevMo in Vacaville, CA this poured a cloudy brown with red tinges, and raised a fat off-white heasd and good lacing. Nose is of roasted malts and some floral hops. Light and fizzy mouthfeel. Flavor is dominated by the chocolate and there was not much in the finish. I was not very fond of this, but then that is true of most ambers. I have five bottle to give away.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (652) - El Cerrito, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Poured from tap a clear amber with an medium off-white head. Aroma has a lightly toasted malt nose. Flavor has some toffee sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, smooth roast grain and a little nutitness ending in a mild floral hoppiness. I really liked this amber because it has more dimensions than most other ambers I’ve had. Lots of flavor and a good balance with the sweet and bitterings. I’ll be drinking this one again.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
docswife (27) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Very hazy amber pour with small off white head. Aroma was ok, floral hops mostly. Weak taste and funny aftertaste. Not a favorite.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Acknud (1072) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Didnít move me. I detected a slight metallic taste at the end. It isnít a pretty beer. Very hazy orange amber. Oh well.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aquilo (520) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Color is a kinda sickly, hazy red-brown. Head is off-white, and small. Smell is honey and roses. Itís a nice smell, but it doesnít do anything for me. I can smell a bit of hops as the beer warms. Flavor is mainly weak, stale hops. Not much else going on there. Mouthfeel is astringent and overly carbonated. This doesnít float my boat.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Itís a good Amber. Most ambers are boring to me - but this one had a little character. The aroma was good, with a nice floral hop note. Ended on a dry and bitter note - very nice. Quaffable - this one could be quaffed in large quantities. ON SECOND ANALYSIS: I can taste the chocolate, very much like a hershey bar faded, I can taste the bitterness from the hops, and the roastiness from the malt making this. Itís a really good Amber.


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