StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap in California. Translucent and amber colored with a creamy washtub layer of grey for the head. Honey dough biscuits and orange blossom honey kick things off with golden braised pecans, roasted maize and mild musky hop bouquets. Flavor washes over with bran flakes and corn flakes, somewhat meeting in the center and forming an off-centered Honey Bunches of Oats display. Cold and rustic, with rubbery caramel and praline bubblegum traits. Decreased carbonation opens the floodgate to the watered down aspects while caramel glazed golden sweet corn does little to entice. Medium to light bodied and way too rushed. Finish is compounded by honey dough whole wheat bread and some rough corn husks.
Tmoney99 (12245) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a large frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate spicy sweet fruit aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium balanced sweet flavor with a smooth sweet finish of moderate duration.
scanman (150) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great flavors and aromas. Complex malt, berry, oak, hops, apple, brown sugar, iced tea. This is fun on its own. The kinda beer you don’t want to eat with. Nice smooth bubbly finish.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
An nice, drinkable brew, just seems abit subdued, mild malt, little hops, abit on the sweet side, good, but nothing special.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a copper-amber body with a small white head. Aroma is malty and simplistic - bread is apparent without much else though there is some faint orangey chocolate. The flavour is light and APA-like with some orange hops and a strange bread/caramel texture. Drinkable but pretty boring overall.
OldMrCrow (2198) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours red-brown, a typical amber ale. Hints of citrusy hops and brown-sugar malt on the aroma, straightfoward amber-ale taste, enough hops to keep it from being disappointing, enough malt to keep it from being too thin -- but not enough of either to make it more than yet another drinkable amber ale.
JohnnyJ (4996) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An english pale ale? Doesn’t seem like it. Sweet, fruity aroma. Flavors of fruit and a little caramel. Weak, sweet, not much hops to balance it out. Not very good.
jercraigs (8825) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark amber body, small tan head fades quickly. Muted citrus, orange candy, resin. Light resiny citrus carries over to the flavour with mute malt as well. Average palate. Pretty mediocre but not off putting. 5/2/5/3/10
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with HTH, Jerc, MDS, Harry’s bottle. Orange, frothy bubbly white head. Mild malt, hop aroma - like an amber with some citrus. Decent soft malt taste, some orange citrus, so light malts, pretty damn mild though. Weak short finish. Average stuff, I haven’t been terribly impressed with either beer I’ve had from the bottle from these guys so far.
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Bottle (650ml). Shared with jerc, mds and tupalev, my bottle. Clear deep amber with dimishing white head. Sweeet light aroma of sugary malt, slightly vegetal grain, grassy hops. Taste of sourish grain, cream, stale hops - sourish, weak mouthfeel - ehh. *** re-rated March 3 2009 - what the hell was I thinking? This is a fine beer - nice wood and light juicy malt.