probstblueribbon (2919) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
thefederalist (290) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small lasting head. Aroma is distinctly of roasted barley. Flavor is moderately bitter, slightly salty. More roasted barley in the aftertaste. This is not a bad beer. It was fermented well, but it doesn’t really fit into a style category for me. It is amber in color, but ambers, IMO should be colored with caramel malts and not roasted barley. In other words, this is a watered down stout.
thornecb (4404) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown into a shaker. Tan head with minimal retention recedes to skim surface. Caramel aromas. NIce full malt with a slight hop finish.
puggy211 (711) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark amber to brown color. It has a nutmeg and caramel aroma to it. The flavor reminds me more of a brown ale than an amber. Somewhat sour with nutmeg and grapes present. This is a pretty good session beer.
pforei (338) - USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark clover honey with red tinge. Decent head. Malt and yest on the nose. A malt dominated beer mainly caramel and nut. Slight floral citrus hoppyiness that tries to cut htrought he sweetness. Smooth and slightly oily.
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown/crimson with a nice dark head. Aroma is a bit astringent, but not overly. Flavor is light caramel malts, with some light hopping. Palate is smoother as it warms, but not bad cold. Ovrall a very drinkable amber ale.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great little sessionable amber. Dark amberish in color with a small white head. Floral hop nose, with some citrus and toasted caramel. Very smooth and easy to drink with the appropriate amount of carbonation. A solid well balanced take on the style.
Dacrza (519) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fifth in the Fort Collins sampler... pours into a shaker with a half-inch fluffy white head and settles on a bold dark reddish brown body...almost a black and tan graduated effect to its head-to-toe dark-to-late coloring.... flowery and hoppy, bright and lively--pleasant and balanced with a hint of malts... creamy body; mildly fizzy--easy on the tongue and tastebuds... smooth, malty and a bit nutty...hints of a woody nature leak in late...a handsomely straightforward, barfood-friendly vibrancy--my mouth watered a bit...leaves little aftertaste,,, tough to find fault here... mellow and surprisingly solid!
rader58 (780) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 9, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red/brown. Little to no head. nice flavoring of malt with a dry finish. Enjoyable, but a little too dry for my taste.
dalekliz (875) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark reddish-brown with a small, tan head. Toasted malt aroma, with sweet dark fruits and a hint of smoke. Big malt taste, with sweet fruits. Lingering malty bitterness. Very tasty amber ale.