JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours glowing amber in color with a quickly diminishing, fluffy white head. Toasty bread aroma mingles with some sweet malt. At first, while cold, sweet caramelly malts dominate. As it firms, the earthy, british hops jump out to bring this fine ale to perfect balance. Slight pepper in the finish. Top shelf Rodger!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hop nose tells me it’s a Drake’s brew. Malty, coffee, toffee, caramel punch initially. Dark chocolate and hop bitterness in the finish.
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.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber color with off white head. Hoppy aroma with light malt. Flavors were of light caramel and hops. Nice 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 (That’s 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.
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.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden color with red accents. Caramel scent predominant. Dominant caramel notes with a syrup sweet character of a fair amount of crystal malt. Lightly hopped with the malt in mind for the major flavors, as noted. Not an exceptional representation of this popular style, but this is mainly due to the prevalence of amber ales in the microbrew market than mediocre craftmanship. This is a more balanced beer from a brewery that I have come to associate with more aggressive beers, in a flavor and mouthfeel sense.
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.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via trade with stoutlover72. Pours a ruby amber color with a smallish beige head, some lacing. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, floral hops. Flavor is toasted malt, nuts, sweet. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Really good. Drakes is rapidly moving up my faves list.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of the very generous aspidites! Thanks Mike! Poured a nice amber color with a beautiful creamy head. Smelled like malts and apples. Taste was sweet malts, citrus, and caramel. I enjoyed this one. Very drinkable.