mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a dark amber color with quite a bit of sediment floating about. Aroma is malty with some caramel, some hops are present as well. Mildly hoppy right up front. Fairly hoppy for an amber with the right amount of maltiness for balance.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with IrishBoy - Pours a deep amber/reddish color with an average size off white head. Light lacing. Has a toasted malt aroma. Flavor is also a toasted malt with some residual sweetness. Medium body. A very nice Amber. Thanks Richard.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Rating #112. Hazy dark amber pour with a huge tan head. Light sweetness and some caramel. Smooth, more caramel sweetness with a touch of toast. Not bad. (2072)
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle courtesy of IrishBoy. Pours a clear copper orange with a one finger light yellowish head. Aroma of some toasted cereal grain, caramel malts, some citrus hops. There is also some light nuts and lighter yeast. Much more nutty and toasty in the taste with some biscuity malts emerging towards the finish. Mild bitterness at most in the middle. Soft moderate carbonation with a medium body. Ambers usually bore me, but this one’s all right. I could drink a few of these in a row without being bored.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Reddish amber colour with a little white head. Sweet malty aroma with notes of caramel and some toffee. Flavour of malt and caramel, that ends up little bitter and with notes of hops, chocolate and fruity, very nice and lightful.
andrewje41 (2612) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overnight Drakes started popping up in Seattle, and for this I am grateful. Draft pour pint at Toranado Seattle. Solid amber here, and has what I look for in one. Pours a deep dark thick brown with an infinite foam head and lacing. Soft malt forward aroma. Creamy body with a nutty malt lingering flavor. Very cream centered. Very tasty beer in a style I tend to avoid. Impressed with this one.
ABUSEDGOAT (2538) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy darker amber, moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is English style, cool. Caramel, wood, with fruity hops, higher level of alcohol than usual. Sweet aroma, medium to light body and finishes slightly sweet as well. Some alcohol in the finish though. A cool take on the style, but I would have preferred a cleaner (no alcohol) finish with more hop flavor.
Dorwart (2500) - 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.
fordest (2377) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Lots of roasy caramel aromas. Flavors were toasty grains with decent hopping on the finish. Pretty good
OldMrCrow (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Bottle -- thanks, aspedites!
Amber ales don’t have to be yawners, and Drakes is among a few west-coast breweries leading the charge. And their salvation need not lie in IPA-level hopping, as this one demonstrates.
The bewer pours a deep red-brown with a small head. Burnt caramel, roast nuts, and rotting wood on the nose. The aroma offers all of the above against an earthy, solid backbone, a sour hint, chewy malts but little sugar, full earthy / plum-skin hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin enough to be quite sippable, but buttery-smooth enough to provide ample body. This is a masterfully brewed beer and a welcome antidote to the amber ale boredom that sets in after one has sampled a few dozen of the large-micro ambers.