jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The only thing true about this beer style was the "common" part--nothing interesting at all. Watery and not at all presenting the punch that a true steam beer should have. Yes, this is blah, and Iím glad I drank it at the end of the session so I wont remember the experience.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly carbonated. Copper amber color. Mostly diminishing head. In my friendís, Jskendzel, words this one was very "blah".
tourette (217) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Average, boring amber. Pretty smooth, but nothing special here.
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
supremly disappointed with all the flying dog beer iíve had. showís ya that having a sweet label means...nothing in the taste department.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flying Dog is not exactly the name i think of when i think of a brewer, but sitting there on tha shelf with only a buck and change in my pocket...well, it was tonightís dessert. The aroma is a very interesting mix of excess malt and something to the effect of apple. The Old Scratch Amber pours a bronze/copper red that is nearly crystal clear in light and reveals quite a lot of carbonation. The taste begins with a carbonated and acidic tickling of the tongue followed by an emourmous onslaught on maltiness as it goes down. It almost has those dark characteristics to its taste but blends in that carbonation well to avoid going too far into that category. The beer does have the effect of unleashing its flavors even more heavily as it warms up and this was a nice side effect given, as i said, that this was tonightís dessert beer. The only drawbacks to the Old Scratch Amber are its fairly bland taste, though with the steam style it was different (but it lacked true kick) and its lackluster appearance in my mug. Its somewhere near an average amber, but i wouldnt be averse to trying it again.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a copper-reddish color with a thin white head. The aroma is a bit malty, but pretty bland. The flavor seems confused with the most pleasant, somewhat malty flavor appearing about 5 seconds after swallowing. The overall character is pretty stale with ingredients that seem like they sat around for too long. Itís a novel idea to have a beer with both ale and lager characteristics, but I think Iíd rather go one way or the other.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
oh yah canít beat this one it has the flavor and balance im looking for in a beer and the art work from these guys is pretty cool,gives the none good beer drinkers something to talk about.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 4, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Had this swill in a bottle. Nasty nose of horseblanket, dirty socks and barnyard. Pours a
medium ruby copper. The average off-white creamy head is fully diminishing with fair
lacing. The light body is watery and fizzy, finishes chalky. I don’t know if I got a bad
bottle, or if this style just isn’t my bag baby. Almost a drain pour but I was thirsty so I
choked it down.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, my first steam beer, without even trying...the label calls this an amber. Well I donít get very excited about ambers, so this turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Soft aroma of pound cake and circus peanut candy (very faint). Malty in a pseudo-Belgian fashion, with apricot and other light fruit coming into play. There are definitely ale characteristics present. Understated, earthy hops, and a light texture. Definitely the class of the Flying Dog sampler pack Iíve had.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím glad to be tasting another steam beer as theyíre pretty damn hard to find (this is only my fourth). The steaming definitely has imparted many malty ale characteristics making it more complex and sweet than most lagers. Iím almost certain I like this better than Anchor Steam because of this beerís smooth drinkability. Could use more aroma and the Flying Dog labels just donít work for me - too hard to read.