radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Deep copper in colour with a thin brownish coloured head. The aroma of powdered chocolate, tobacco, cooked vegetables with very light malt. The flavour was of cigarette smoke and cheap fake chocolate. Medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes bland and thin. Not the greatest but the bottle has seen better days. I hope to rerate this soon.
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant surprise. Smokey, malty yeast aroma. Sweet malty taste with a touch of hop biterness. Would drink again.
JFGrind (1987) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled with a snifter of Black Bush Irish Whiskey as a companion to the Aviator Red. Sweet malt flavor, slight bitterness. I didn’t catch the hop bitterness the previous raters did.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark roasted aroma leads to a very chewy ale. What I mean is that it was much more complex on the palate than I had anticipated. I expected the beer to be almost a swill fest but it bit me back with a hop bite in the end that I really didn’t expect. Neato stuff. Wish I had a couple more to run through. I liked it.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted from a 1/2 gallon growler. Its a dark brown/red color with a whitish head. It has a mocha coffee taste reminiscent of a porter in the start that shifts gears quickly to an assertive hop flavor and bitterness in the finish. I agree with previous comments that it is more reminiscent of an American strong ale than an amber. Very thick mouthfeel.
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a small white head and a very dark red ruby color. For an amber I thought it would be much lighter but that wasn’t the case. It almost poured to the color and flavors of a stout. Full bodied with no diminishing tastes. Flavors of smokey malts and a chocolatey coffee.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Coles in Buffalo. Way different then I expected. Deep ruby appearance, with a thin clear head. Coffee, malty aroma. The whole beer is full of roasted, smokey malts and hops. Well balanced brew. Reminded me of an ASA rather a typical amber. Very good.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yum - this is a tasty amber. It reminds me of St. Rogue Red. Deep brown red color, short ring of head and little lacing. Aroma is malty. Flavor - nice malts here - almost smoky and a bigh hunk of chocolate in there too. Hops give a nice bite at the end. Thanks Rudy!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 25, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to Rudolf. I think this was a bad bottle. No head formation. Carbonation is non-existant. Color is a deep reddish brown. Aroma is malty with a little hop aroma sneaking through. Rich malts are there but just tastes strange with so little carbontation. Hops pick up in the middle and finish. Seems like it would be nice for an Amber but the lack of carbonation throws me.
shadey (2073) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Buffalo Brewfest: This was a great red. Thick body with a strong flavor. Plenty of hops and malt balanced nicely. I was happily suprised.