Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 12-oz bottle, acquired from Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a semi-cloudy amber brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of light roasted caramel malt, some flowery hops, a touch of roasted walnuts and fruit. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with a more caramel malt than hop bitterness or character. Finish is semi-sweet, with a nutty and fruity malt aftertaste.
pericles35 (24) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
light brown ale with a malty flavor (esp. after all the hoppy others from the multipack). Significant bubbles and sweet finish. I wouldn’t go out of my way to find it; but if in Denver I would ask for it on tap often.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@Home. Malty and perfume aroma. Reddish amber, beige head, good lace. Sweet, malty, fruity, bitter, light perfumey. Sticky with a thinnish finish. Ok, not exceptional.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Thick and sweet nose, fruity (strawberry and peach) bubblegum and hop resin. Cloudy amber, thin white heady with lots of bubbles. Mild lacing. Interesting flavor, a good deal of honey and pine at the open, finishes with a nutty crystal malt earthiness. A touch harsh on the palate but smooths out at the end. Highly unbalanced.
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light brown that borders upon amber in certain light. A great effervescence that rises into the thick tan head. Nose is of nuts and caramel malts with faint whispers of hops. Nutty and malty flavor with bitterness in the background, finishing slightly nutty. Medium-light bodied with strong carbonation.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. From a multipack that I bought. Pours with a decent head that leaves as quickly as it developed. Great color and clarity. Interesting nose of malt sweetness. Flavor is more roasted and slight hops than sweet malt. Not a bad brew, but surely not a great one. Overrated in my opinion.
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper with a dense, creamy, beige head with patchy lacing. The nose is malty, nutty and peaty, almost like a Scottish ale. The light side of medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is slick with a toasted, dry finish. The flavor is a lightly sweet toasted malt front with backing notes of nuts and peat. It reminds me a bit of GD’s now retired HotShot ESB, but with added nuttiness and an amped up flavor profile. Despite the general consensus, this is now one of my favorite ambers.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is malty with earth notes especially potting soil with some nuts as well. Solid roated nuts flavor with some earth notes. Decent malt body with a light somewhat dry finish.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light amber with a decent looking 1 cm thick off-white head. Mild lightly biscuity malt aroma with a light touch of hop aroma. The taste actually has a hint of bitterness in the profile, but the finish is mostly a lightly sweet malt flavor. A quality offering of an unexciting style.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber brown in color with a white half inch head the dissipates almost immediately. Malty aroma with hint of caramel. A woody taste with strong hop sharpness.