bhensonb (12968) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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?
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby brown. Aroma roasts and nuts. Taste was malt, some roast, nutty, a little dusty on the finish. Piney hops. Quaffable, nothing spectacular.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
probstblueribbon (3401) - 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 (300) - 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 (5020) - 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 (712) - 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.