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A striking ruby hue and spicy floral nose punctuate the pleasant sweetness of this brew. Crystal malt coalesces with the earthy flavor of Willamette hops. A hauntingly beautiful combination.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Copper/amber color with a medium tan head. Sweet and slightly nutty aroma with a hint of caramel. Smooth malty flavor with a strong hop presence and a dry but sweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rds (230) - USA - SEP 20, 2008
A nice reddish amber color with a small tan head, noticeable maltiness, caramel notes in a clean finishing well balanced ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Red amber color with tan head. Sweet hoppy nose. Flavor has a nice rich malty flavor with a nice bite of hops. Good sweetness with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Bottle from Liquor Depot. Probably the most interesting amber I have ever had as it smells and tastes like a barleywine. Same tart hops, same nasty fruit undertone. I pegged it at 6 or 6.5% so that is also surprising. Not for everyone, but a very interesting specemin.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle, Pours an amber color with a light head, decent malts some chocolate and light touch of roast, some hops, a nice easy drinker but nothing extraordinary.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12310) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bottle from D&J Liquor in St. Louis, MO. Reddish amber color with a decent beige head. Rather malty aroma. Roasted malt. Medium body with smooth carbonation. Flavor seems to be nutty chocolate. It’s hoppy, but the flavors sort of make the hop indecipherable. Finish is really like chocolate. With something else. Cinnamon? A very interesting and tasty ale. They certainly didn’t skimp on the ingredients. Daughter says it reminds of Mexican hot chocolate! And apple cider. How is this not seriously underrated?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a darker brownish red. It has a decent head. This is not like an amber ale. This had hints of roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate. It had a smooth dry finish. Decent beer

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours ruby brown. Aroma roasts and nuts. Taste was malt, some roast, nutty, a little dusty on the finish. Piney hops. Quaffable, nothing spectacular.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2008
12 oz bottle purchased at Frugal MacDoogal’s in Nashville. Poured a clear ruby color with two fingers of head. The aroma was caramel and nuts primarily, but some ripe fruits at the end. Medium body with average carbonation. Flavor was nutty with some piney hops. This beer was better than I had hoped.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3281) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2008
12 oz. bottle via Lubiere, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. July 2008

App.: Clear ruby amber, fair off-white foam. Aroma: Some nice caramel and nuts, decent earthy, slightly piney, leafy hops, an odd peppery-leafy-vegetal note, musty, a bit tangy-fruity. Palate: Medium-ish body, sparse carbonation. Flav.: Musty, dusty, earthy hops, only a touch of malt, some nuts, something of an odd funky note; dry with some bitterness, a touch of nuttiness to finish.

Has a very British character which doesn’t do much for me.


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