alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
rich amber color. good mouthfeel. complex malt flavor with caramel evident. Well balanced hops - not over-the-top, but hoppy enough to be crisp and add to the aroma.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
irish setter whiskey orange. a cracker-jack little head lifted up high and then dropped down, like the barrier at a toll booth-- and after a minute there wasn't enough head to fill a button hole. caramel raisin aroma, and a slight late autumn forest floor mulchy smell that suggests this bottle might be losing the battle with time. still plenty of zing though: amber waves of grain along with the caramel sweetness that was anticipated. peppy carbonation slows the arrival of moderate bitterness; some iced-tea acidity, a bit of raisin oatmeal cookie. some fuss on the label was made about thier oak barrels, but that's a claim and an effect that i can't ascertain in the taste. the beer could be aged in beluga whale bladders, but if you can't taste it, see it or smell it, what difference does it make? overall a decent ale, though the "accent" of this english ale seemed more american than english to me.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 I really liked this. Nice caramely malt tast with organic hoppy flavor. Great balance and smooth. Slight acidic finish. I can drink this all day and have.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice copper color with a large off-white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is the best part I think, sweet caramel malts, fruity notes, lightly hoppy with some of the oak character showing through. Flavor was good but seemed a little thin. Sweet roasted malts with some dry hops toward the finish and then a lingering woodiness. Medium body and just a bit too much carbonation.
haddon90 (1490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep copper color with a good foamy head. When I read edden's comment, I did taste some tea in it. Some malt in the taste too. Wish it had just a tad more hops. But a very nice taste. Good beer.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tea and malt aromas. light brown-tan-red body with some lacing. tea and hops for taste. pretty well balanced.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear dark copper colored body. A thin white to tan head. Some lacing.
Smells malty with a hint of hops. There is also a pleasent fruity character in the aroma too. Almost a mild malt aroma.
Fruity, hoppy flavor with only a hint of malt. Nice and mild. A bit hoppier than I would have expected. Nice lingering flavor. Malty sweetness does start to shine through more as the flavor lingers in the mouth.
Smooth and full mouth feel.
Good session beer.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber color with a medium creamy head, and very thin lacing. Aroma of caramel and malt. A bit on the carbonated side. Pretty average.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
medium head and beatiful color. The color is in between a brown ale and a pale ale. Slightly malty un taste with a delightful caramel finish. The fact that this beer was brewed in oak barrels is traslated into the aroma. I'd recomend it.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2003 Smells not like an EPA to me but I guess I still have a few thigs to learn?Pours out a wonderess amber,3/4 inch head>Lace was intense.This beer didn't hit me right at first(too reminiscent of a wild goose amber)All in all tonight this beer is significantly better than the previous mentioned product.Has a great balance between malt and subtle hop (bite)on the tougue.Honestly would have rather got a 12 pack of wild goose for 1.50 more(8.39 a 6!) but glad I tried this one to see how much better an AMBER beer could get in a subtle way.Nice dry finish w/ actual teases of oak if ya don't smoke.You do have to concentrate on woodiness to get it if you ask me.