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 (3323) - 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 (298) - 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 (4868) - 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.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, 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 (648) - 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 (823) - 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.