luttonm (2272) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh Hop. Dry hopped esb, tasty but a bit off. Big ruby with lasting off-white head. Amber malting is balanced with interesting fresh hop/dry hop addition.
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color is dark and murky. The flavor is fresh and floral. The flavor is hoppy and dry. Great find in the bargain bin.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: O’Brien’s Harvest Ale
Date: September 08, 2009
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, earthy hops with a touch of woodyness, light fruityness from the caramel malt, light citrus
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, dark caramel sweetness, touch of candy, balancing earthyness with a light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Snegurochka (389) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle conditioned. 355 ml bought in Seattle for Superpower beer session part II, 29.01.09. Pours a cloudy dark amber colour, with small beige head. Aroma of hops and straw. Caramelized fruit and floral hops in taste. Bitter coffee-like finish.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an Amber? Oookey. Pours a rich, cloudy mohagany color with just a trace of a head, but leaves a bit of a lace. Smells malty like an Amber, but it has some fruit/spice presence. Flavor is very hoppy for an Amber and almost reminds me of a fruit beer -- almost. Malty with dark fruits (raisins), but some spices I can’t quite peg. Also, lots of both bitter and floral hops that balance it well and give it a nice finish. The palate is crisp yet thick. I usually don’t like Ambers, but if you insist that this is one (and I rate to style), then it’s exceptional!. Still too sweet to be my go-to, but nicely paired with the crisp air outside.
Hoser (368) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had to this baby at the Great American Beer festival out of plastic glass well not the ideal situation the ale exceeded my expectations and a well hopped amber ale that borders on an Ipa. Look forward to having a full pint of this some day. The beers in this Michael Jackson book are getting harder and harder to find and 141 left.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at fremont oktoberfest. hoppy, big time dark orange color with fizzy bubbles. Not a great palate.
boFNjackson (4152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Poured deep amber with an off-white head that dissipated immediately. Aroma of fruits, mild hops and a malt dominance. A little overly carbonated for me as it over powered some flavors. Noticeable hops, but the malts seemed a little off. A funky acidic, syrup quality to it.
nuplastikk (4570) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Highly filtered copper-orange colored. Nice and steady off-white head. Mild sweet malt and noble hop aroma. Smooth and creamy, with a solid earthy hoppy backbone. Very well balanced and clean, this is certainly an excellent Amber. Syrupy hoppy finish, with some subtle fruity Amber malt. A great seasonal, well done.
neepsntatties (1221) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colour... dark garnet-amber with no head. Nose... sweetly piney hops and some malt. Palate... light C02, very hoppy (for the style), but a fabulously sweet, malty backbone with toffee and caramel and a looooooong finish. Quite different than most of the harvest/autumnal/okto ales I’ve tried which tend towards the marzen style. Nice change of pace!