nuplastikk (3284) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Brownish-red color with a minimal, patchy head. Lots of amber malt in the aroma, quite deep and pungent. Tastes a little past it’s prime to me, but Ambers are odd creatures I suppose. Some off flavors of butterscotch, diacetly bomb. Borderline sour. Not really bad I suppose, just seems like it’s way past it’s prime. Medium bodied. OK at best.
kramer (3876) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2009
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber body with a large foamy off-white head that took forever to subside. The nose is showing a good bit of diacetyl with a bit of toasted malt. The diacetyl plays a major role in the flavor as well unfortunately, covering up most of what thin malt is present. Just a little bit of sweet toffee and caramel gets by all the butter. Minimal to no hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a slick slight clinginess. Not so good, but I have a pretty heavy dislike for beers that show a heavy buttery quality to them.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Zeitgeist, San Francisco, 27th March 09, with Phyllis. Hazy darkish amber. Toffee malt flavour, decent.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Darker red-amber with a lasting beige head. Mostly malty, nutty aroma with some almost tea-like darker crystal malt. There is also a somewhat odd doughy, yeast character that may be working with some not-quite-fresh hops to make an interesting though not necessarily bad aromatic aspect. The flavor is similar, with a medium malty sweetness and modest hops in the finish adding a lightly floral, bitter touch. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. This is okay but not great, and I’m surprised how much better the dry-hopped version is at the brewpub.
illidurit (1629) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a pint glass. Clear reddish brown with a sticky beige head. Tangy citrus aroma with bready brown malts. Flavor is toasted wheat bread with orangey hops, maybe some caramel. Rather light. Mouthfeel is average in every way. Drinkable but boring.
esjaygee (3209) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick and cloudy burnt siena with a one finger head that laces a bit. Aroma of citrus, caramel, grassy hops and nuts. Taste of caramel, sweet malt, nuts and some Vienna malt character… kind of like an amtoberfest. Flavors are kind of light with a thick mouth feel and mild bitterness.
anders37 (12738) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Piaci Pub & Pizza, Fort Bragg, CA. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty caramel aroma with some grassy hoppy hints. Sweetish malty caramel flavor with some fruity hints. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish with some hoppy hints in the aftertaste.
mrhoppy (867) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber orange with tan head not much lace toasted honey grains and caramel. Good carbonation great balance nice flavors. Starts out sweet with a touch of sour and dry at the end. Gold medal at GABF. Delicious.
brianprentiss (657) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kind of a grassy amber with soury hops. Not a great beer but mildly drinkable. Their IPA is much better.
Bottle from Ledger Liquors Berkeley
rayOfBeer (545) - El Cerrito, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle a hazy light caramel brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is malt, light roasted grain, molasses, sweet caramel and a mild fruitiness. Flavor is dry with powdery roasted grain, malt and a slight nuttiness. The aroma sells something sweeter that the flavor didn’t deliver. That kind of threw me off. The body is slightly watery but very drinkable and light. It would be easy to down a few of these. Overall a good food beer, but not all that memorable.