mbgrayson (522) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber, with a nice tan head. Light aroma of malts. Taste of toasted caramel, with íbone warmingí alcohol. Smooth, tasty, and very drinkable, but with a kick. Thumbs up on this one.
poisoneddwarf (1692) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle; 2013 vintage. Aroma is caramelly, toasty; offnote of wet dog. Pours slightly hazy mahogany with a quickly diminishing off-white head. Taste is nice, roasty and toasty; itís sweet with notes of licorice and dark fruit that make it lightly sour. Finishes dry, has a metallic offnote. A bit boozy. Body seems thinner than it should be, oily mouthfeel. Nice enough for what it is. The offnotes arenít all that distracting and overall itís decent.
Niko100 (1948) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted caramel malt, hops, & fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, hops, and dark fruit; Nothing too complex - but decent overall.
Thebullshornbar (72) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out of the bottle, a deep reddish amber hue with a fleeting head. On the nose, the beer gave of notes of, caramel, toffee, and light pine, with slight undertones of cooked dark fruit, particularly plum or raisin. Caramel sweetness initiates the palate, followed by maltier notes with again hints of fruit. Finishes dry with honey lingering on the palate. This ale has a velvety mouthfeel with light carbonation. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. The combination of caramel/ fruitier flavors in the beginning paired with drier honey-like tones at the finish of the palate, keep begging the drinker to take another sip. A beautifully made Imperial Amber ale.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft. Aroma of caramel, and earthy, dusty, and sweet notes as well. Big chewy body that comes across sweet. Sweet and sticky malts donít do much for my palate.
Prufrockstar (834) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the RBC. Pours clear amber with minimal head. Aroma is malt-forward, with lots of cherry, caramel, dark fruits, and toffee. Taste is mostly sweet, with minimal bitterness in the finish. Medium body, sticky texture. Overall: this isnít a beer Iíd expect to get me all excited (and I guess it didnít), but it was certainly tasty and I can definitely think of situations where it would be exactly the right beer.
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer& Tap Room. Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head and a fruit and chocolate aroma. There is a sweet chocolate, toffee and dark molasses flavor that has a slightly sour carbonated finish.
StefanSD (2089) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a foamy beige head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The aroma was mild with fruits, caramel and toffee. The taste also featured toffee, caramel and a weak fruity presence. There is a touch of lightly spicy hops throughout. The palate was full and sticky with medium carbonation. Finished long and dry. overall: A very malt forward brew with not very much hop presence, tasted kinda bland to me. The alcohol was well hidden. Very drinkable.
drjay44 (2587) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. bottle. Bottled on 8/12/13. Pours a fizzy, well retained, light beige head, with some lacing, over an initially clear, dark amber (SRM 17) body....nose is toffee/caramel, brown sugar, very light dark fruits including plum, raisin, hints of cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, minimal hops....taste is moderately sweet toffee/caramel, dried fruits including fig, plum leading to a almost dry, lightly bitter finish.....mouth feel medium, sticky, light alcohol warmth, carbonation and acidity low. This is a moderately sweet, malt dominated beer with only light hop presence. It really is in the style of an Old Ale or a heavy winter warmer. If they had described as such, rather than the undiscriptive Imperial Amber the overall ratings would be much higher. BJCP 8/3/15/5/7
Brentv (314) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at The Anchor in Wichita, KS. Reddish chestnut color with off-white head. Taste has a definite spiciness, fruity, caramel, and moderately sweet.