GarrettB (1239) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
June 9th, 2011 - I often complain that ambers don’t exhibit a lot of variance, but sometimes you find one that is exceptional, and in a good way. One example is Fort Collins Brewery’s Red Banshee - a fair looking woman but promising a dark howl, hue and cry of flavor. Like the woman on the label, the beer is a deep ruby red, with a loose, tan head. Caramel and maraschino cherries sweeten up the aroma, topped with a hint of apple - curiously rich for an amber. Finally, the flavor has abundant deep caramel tastes, almost as dark and sweet as a dark chocolate, with a deep hint of sweet, ripe fruits, almost like the merest (basso) peep of raspberry jam. All in all, this is a deep and satisfying brew, readily available and pretty cheap, and showing off everything an amber can do.
TorbenJensen (828) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice dark beer with a glow that resembles red wine. Foam is rich, but quickly falls into a continuous layer of about 3-4 mm. It smells of toasted malt and sweet ripe fruit. The taste is spicy something indefinite, but it also carries on a good mellow flavor of roasted malt which to a certain limit tangential it burned. Ripe fruit like plum and peach mixes lively with a great rich flavor of hazelnut and large amounts of caramel malt. The hops I can read as Willamette and it is precisely known as its slightly spicy taste, so I think it’s the aroma of hops which are encountered in the beginning. As amber ale is probably a little too pushy, but since it is an American I might easily expect a little excessive type correctness. It is quite tasty and lovely amber ale which I like.
nuplastikk (5093) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Filtered copper-burgundy body. Thin, creamy, off-white/beige head. Pretty solid on the malt side, but the hops give it a kind of an odd earthy feel. A pinch bigger than medium bodied, pretty easy going. An OK example of the style.
N3lson1 (538) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Drank from a nonic pint glass, poured from a twelve ounce bottle purchased as part of a craft brew pack of eight. Pours a beautiful mahogany, brown color with a bit of beige head. Has a slight roasty aroma with something musty. Has a decent initial flavor that just drops into an off putting complexity, reminds me more of a couple of vienna lagers I’ve drank in my day. Expected more from this amber by FCB.
Clarkdvm (295) - Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at brewery. Looked, smelled and tasted like an Amber. Resembled killians. Average tasty beverage
bartzluke (391) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz pour from refrigerated bottle into shaker pint. Pours a light brown, clear, with a fizzy, quickly-dissipating head. Not super attractive. Nose is a little bit of sweet bready notes and a little fruity citrus. Medium body, on the lighter side. Pleasantly smooth. Dry as well. Taste is bready malts up front followed by some earthy hoppiness. A hint of spice and citrus. Not too sweet. I’d like a little more of the hops flavors to come out, though maybe I just got an older bottle.
Sigmund (5801) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
355 ml bottle, from Fakta, Denmark. B B date 30.05.2014. Gusher bottle de luxe, only a little of the hazy deep reddish brown beer ends up in the glass. Large to moderate off-white head. Fairly nice malty aroma, lightly roasted and nutty notes. Malty, nutty and slightly roasty flavour too, a slight fruity acidity. Okay, and probably better fresh.
Luvystypotables (1126) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of malt and fruit, pours a reddish amber color with a short lastin foamy off white head with some lacing. Sweet malt taste, minimal carbonation with a watery feel and sweet malt finish.
Drjohnrock (549) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Twelve ounce bottle from Fort Collins sampler 12 pack purchased at The Party Source. Dark amber/copper color, nice firm malty aroma with fruit notes, tastes like it smells only a bit better. Very good brew for style. Tasted on July 5, 2014.
DCLawyer (1882) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle tasting. Bright red with small offwhite head. Sweet malt over lite hops and spice. Plain.
tmoreau (2997) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2014 12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass, displaying a clear & bright, coppery amber color, with a decent layer of tan head foam that was quick to reduce to a bubbly film, but left a lot of clingy, waves & foamy patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma was initially, light grain, soft malt, sweetness, and esters as dried fruit, with a hint of artificial cherry. Again, as with my experience with the Major Tom, the nose turned a bit, showed more ripened fruit, and revealed a hint of cardboard, after rehashing halfway through the session. Light to medium bodied, with presentable carbonation, the taste didn’t seem to be affected as much by the off notes, as it presented esters, plus a moderate, earthy hop bitterness that possessed some lingering nature, a little sweetness, and a bit of malty creaminess to the mouthfeel. No dating on the bottle, but purchased recently. Saved somewhat by the fair flavor presentation.