Dorwart (2432) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
hayduke (3691) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
docswife (27) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 17, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very hazy amber pour with small off white head. Aroma was ok, floral hops mostly. Weak taste and funny aftertaste. Not a favorite.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 15, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Didn’t move me. I detected a slight metallic taste at the end. It isn’t a pretty beer. Very hazy orange amber. Oh well.
Aquilo (585) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Color is a kinda sickly, hazy red-brown. Head is off-white, and small. Smell is honey and roses. It’s a nice smell, but it doesn’t 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 doesn’t float my boat.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 It’s 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. It’s a really good Amber.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m not a big Amber fan, but this one was quite nice. Malt and sweetness fill the nose and mouth. Not too complex, but a very nice refreshing amber.
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells fruiy-flowery, hoppy, sweet, like a light IPA. Deep golden amber color. Tastes very bitter, with a sweet malty caramel flavor. Roasty hoppy taste, emphasis on the hoppy. Dry bitter finish. Not my cup of beer.