porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle via trade with IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours a hazy deep burnt amber with about 1" of rocky biscuit head. Rich aroma of toasted caramel and toffee, fruity hops, vanilla and malt. Spotty lacing. Palate is pretty thick and smooth for an amber. Taste of rich but light caramel, hops and malt and a fairly bitter finish. Nice rich beer.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy aspidites and stoutlover72. Clear amber and a small, off white cap. Nose of toasty, bicuity malt and some crisp, lightly sharp hops. Similar flavor with some cocoa powder. Tastes English. Medium/light body, balanced. Very drinkable.
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark copper and red. Aroma features a powerful waft of caramel, toffee, ripe plum, ripe orange. Perfect creamy, medium-body mouthfeel. Flavor follows suit, with blasts of fruit-forward hops, pronounced toasted caramel and toffee candy, a bit of earthy minerality, strong flavor finish with bitter undertones. Hoppy, malty, robust, satisfying for the style. As my friend affectionately noted, this is “an amber for beer geeks.”
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Bytemesis, Thanks Mike. This is an amber but also has ESB on the label so I’m a touch confused, but the taste and aroma lead me more to amber. decent beer but i’m finding little touches of sweet toffee like flavors, not sure about that.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, Hennepin glass, Noogfest. Brown-amber hue with a medium, off white head. Aroma of caramel, treacle, honey, maple syrup and a floral hint. Astonishingly huge aroma for an amber ale. HUGE, I say. However, the flavor is rather disappointing. In fact, if I rated upon crushed dreams this would get a ’1’ for flavor. But I don’t. Decent taste, feels kind of watered down, light caramel sweetness throughout with a moderate floral bite to the finish. Medium bodied with a watery texture and soft carbonation.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz - thanks Irishboy - Aroma is sticky carmel and toffee with a bit of hops. Pours transparent amber with a huge fluffy head and good lacing. Flavor is roasty malts and hops backed by the sticky carmel and toffee from the aroma. Palate is sticky and tart. Almost a scottish ale in my opinion. Very tasty.
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.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bitter hoppy malty toasty. Most ambers are big on the caramel and pretty mellow. Not this one!
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty IPAish. Gold color, with a froth head. Aroma is like a dandilion, moderately malty sweet, more bitter than malty. Average body for the style, dry finish. Average beer.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very balanced amber. this not my style. not a fan of crytal malt. But good for style some crystal and caramel malt note light bittering I would guess in the 16-20 IBU range. session beer.