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RATINGS: 558   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A malty beer with a notable toasty flavor derived from lightly roasted malt. Slight fruit and hop accents add to the overall complexity. Available Mid-January to late March


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
starewich (167) - - FEB 1, 2015
Thin gray head that dissipates rapidly though with a fair amount of retention. Clear dark orange color. Crackery malt. Floral, slight resin from the hops. A little cheap maybe, but tasty.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
walrussell (162) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Skunky and bad. Funky maltiness. Off flavors galore. Great leakes makes both good and terrible beers - why?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Had this as a draft at a local brewhouse. Very nice reddish color. The aftertase did not over power you. All in all, really a pretty good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2005
The color shines from the glass with a reddish brown glow. It has a nice white head that slowly disappears. You can smell a fruity/nutty aroma. The first sip gives a mix of fruit and nuts and honey. It feels very creamy in the mouth (almost too much so). You can detect a nice fresh hop-bitterness in the finish. The mix of flavors is nice. I would like to try this one again.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2010
copper in color, malt and hop aroma. complex flavors, perhaps some fruit and caramel, not bitter. smooth with moderate carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayseppi (155) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
Light red in colour and some strong toastiness on the nose. there seem to be some faint chocolate notes floating around as well. Flavour follows the aroma. It’s lightly carbonated and goes down smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGenius (154) - Pittsburgh, PA, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2005
This was a very smooth, sweet tasting ale. It had an initial sweet taste followed by a nice slight aftertaste. Very malty and hoppy

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle: Light red/orange color with thin pinkish head. Aroma features chocolate, peach-like sweetness and cherry like tartness, all while still reminding me of a toasted English muffin with a heavy dose of butter. Very sweet in the mouth. Starts with doughnut flavors and some building cherry tartness. Very little toastyness, but the spicy hops do dry this beer out quite nicely towards the end. Lingering peach-like fruitiness after the swallow. Not bad, but I feel like it was to fruity for its style/intention...

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Bottle, best by May 1, 2006. Sounds pretty fresh to me! Looks like a really clear amber ale to me. Not much aroma. Nice lacing, but not much head even when I pour the beer down the middle (like the Bud Light commercial tells me to!). Surprisingly medium- to full body. I tend to go for beers on the malty side, so this is very appealing to me. I can hardly taste/smell any hops! This is just the kind of beer I would reach for a second time!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Precept53 (147) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Aroma of caramel, nuts, and hops. Very nice copper coloring with modertae copper head that slowly disipates. Taste of strong hops and alcohol. Moderate mouth feel with livlely carbonation. Overall well made beer but not as good as many of Great Lakes fine offerings.


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