Naka (714) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep red brown color. Small beige head that disappears quickly. A sweet floral hop nose with some malty cotton candy. Chocolately caramel flavor with some metallic notes. Just a touch of bitter at the end. Pretty average body.
TURDFERGUSON (4009) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep red with a mall white head that fades very fast. Aroma is seriously lacking here. A bit of malt. Flavor is malty and slightly bitter, but lacking any sort of distinction. Not a very good amber at all.
dpjuart (1093) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Naka. Pours a dark, ruby red with a small, caramel-beige, foamy head. Nose is sweet caramel with a hint of chocolate and roast. Notes of hop in the nose, but not very present. Taste is lots of caramel and toffee, a touch of roast that mixes with some hope bitterness, but no real hop flavor. Watery taste to it. Thin and lacking, but it sticks to the back of the throat. A weird, chocolaty roast flavor. There’s a lot there, just not in the right order/quantities. This is a perfect example of when "complex" is too much.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had on draft at Brew Kettle. Poured a nice amber red color. I am sorry, but the aroma on this one turned my stomach. Smelled like wet weeds by a pond. Very hoppy as well in the aroma. Tast was sweet and hoppy and grassy. Not bad, just blended slightly off...
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a mostly clear amber color with a thick persistent white head. Aroma is pretty mild, with toasted malts and mild earthy hops. The flavor was bland, with the hop character being kind of weak and muddy on the finish. Pretty uneventful.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had on tap. Pours a deep amber with a thick white head. Light hops on the nose with swwet malt. Taste is balanced. Finish is refreshing, slightly dry. Enjoyable.
goldbrew (99) - USA - JAN 4, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Substantial malt aroma and sweet malt taste. Interesting copper color with no lacing on pour. This is a stronger beer than I anticipated. Hops are present and then bam so is the malt. Neither overpowers the other though. Not a beer that quenches the thirst or satisfies like other reds however. Mouth is heavy, sandpapery and too malty after finishing, not refreshed. I know not to expect a witbier or hoegaarden here but other amber ales have proved more relaxing. Decent experience but will not buy again.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2008
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
From bottle. Mild papery hops, light cardboard and a medium metallic nose to this one. Very little maltiness, just a dusty mild grainy note. Deep dark brown with quite a dark redness to it, clear with mild haze, topped with thin foamy off-white head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with a mild chocolatey-Tootsie Roll quality that dissipates quickly under a siege of mushy parsnips rolled in wet cardboard. Mild nutty bitterness and papery old hops roll in to finish the job, leaving an odd tang and chalky bitterness on the tongue. Bit of caramel hidden in there, too. Haven’t had anything quite this poor in a while, and reminds me of some of the bland ambreés I tried from Bretagne.
Strykzone (5375) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a nice looking brew with a pleasant sweet malt aroma. Flavor is roasted nuts with coffee and a hop bite. A unique aspect is that both the malt and the hops are of the strong variety but balance each other very well. Balance is key with this kind of beer and consistency can be elusive. I found this beer to be unique, interesting, flavorful, and enjoyable.
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I got this from HyVee W and S in Cedar Falls and I was very surprised to see it was retired. It makes me wish I would’ve rated the Sam Adams triplebock.
Appears to be very dark in ruby color with a little head and a lacing that sticks very well.
I smell a nutty coffeeness, but not much of it.
Taste is dark coffee malts with a very slight dark fruit in the nose.
Mouthfeel is pretty nice, like a slightly creamy water.
I was glad to try it, but if it was fresh that would’ve been nice too.