hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, went down easy with a nice finish. Malty and hoppy.
RedTickBeer (39) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really drinkable. Sweet, cremy, a little bit fruity. Nice steam beer. I havent hated any of these guysí beer yet. This is no exception.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 4, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light amber with a haze of flecks. Quickly reducing dense off white foam. Slow and steady carbonation. Weak aroma of grain husks and juicy citrus. Soft and supple. Tastes very much like an ale. Mix of husky malts and citrus notes. Not very hoppy or malty but balanced well. Mushy, light carbonation. Gentle juicy sweetness. Overall just strange tasting for a lager. Finishes with a touch of natural caramel. OK.
PhillyBeer2112 (2495) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I didnít realize this was a steam beer when I tried it, but now it makes sense - as this beer had a malty profile that stayed palatable after it had warmed significantly (I kinda nursed this beer, as it didnít make me want to drink it that badly). Amber color, small head. Slightly buttery, vegetal aroma. Nice clean and rich caramel sweetness.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color, with a hoppy, yeasty aroma. Lots of malt with a crisp hops finish. Not too exciting, but still pretty good.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The label is worth the price. Very malty and very reminscient of their barley wine. Great aroma and a decent taste (extremely sweet), but i donít think this could become one that i go back to constantly.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber complexion, somewhat malty, lots of head. Decent beer. Nothing bad , but nothing special here either
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In a world of brew makers that donít pay too much attention to what their beer smells like, Old Scratch at least gives you something to smell. A rich, caramelly roasted malt aroma greets the olfactory senses at initial sip. Very attractive beer aesthetically; fine brussels lace, off-white head with a beautifully reddish brown hue. I am not a huge fan of malty beers, but this one is very drinkable without making you feel like youíre drowning in a vat of Brachs caramels. A medium bite from a good dose of alcohol completes the picture. Smooth enough to be a session beer, but the malt would probably get to you after awhile.
Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I am perhaps unobjectively pleased to learn that this is not just an íAmerican Amberí, itís a California Common/Steam. Light on the aroma, but what is there is balanced and pleasant enough, being malty and hoppy. Brilliantly clear copper color, very slight effervescence and no real head to speak of. Caramel malt flavors are quite prevalent here, sweetness as well. Hops are there, starting about midway and following through to the finish, but this beer is decidedly sweet, less bitter. Some graininess in the finish, more malty caramel flavors as well. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. This isnít a real Steam beer, IMHO, Amber Lager, definitely, but there is a difference. I like the tingly finish, but overall, a bit too sweet for me to rate it highly.