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 (1288) - 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 (1278) - 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.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Bottle from Winter Brews gift pack: Sweet malty aroma with some nuttiness and caramel. Chill haze reddish amber color with a small beige head. Flavor starts rich caramel sweet followed by nuts, a mild spicy bitterness and a light dry finish. Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a decent beer, but nothing to get over excited over. there was some carmel and malt. hops in the flavor but not in the aroma. very carbonated and bitter.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz’er from Saarlander. pours a slightly hazy amber with a creamy smooth off white head and nice lacing. a pleasant session type brew with aroma and flavors of mild caramel, toffee and just enough hop bitterness to tie it all together. nicely done.
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.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Clear amber pour with nice orange and yellow outlying hues. Thin but sturdy cream colored head, easily roused up. Looks quite oily on top, looks very tasty. Pleasant malty aroma. Light hops present do not deride from a soft and sweet bready malt approach. Light to medium intensity notes of cinnamon, leather and a smack of potpourri round out what seems to be a well constructed aroma. Flavor has signifigant hop bitterness. Somewhat spicy malts and perhaps an inadvertant spice level; tastes Autumnal. Toffee readily discernable keeps this from spinning wildly out of control and ties in nicely with the malt. Finishes moderately dry, light, with an accentuation on the malt backbone that keeps this quaffable, despite bold shortcomings in the flavor. Palate is unorganized, light-to-medium in body, syrupy, static. Quite a nice amber until mid-mouthfeel. I would like to revisit this.