YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a big fan of amber ales and this did little to change that. Hazy copper/amber color with a thick white head. Sweet nose, some pine, caramel, straw. Some creaminess in the mouth, medium body. The flavor was rather unimpressive.
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light to medium red color with a thin tan head. Heavy hoppy aroma. Light yet robust taste with light to medium hop sweetness.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Low intensity aroma is grassy and slightly smoky. Rich amber in color with an attractive thumb thick off-white head. Toasty malts in the fore, very creamy mouthfeel for this style, something almost spicy in the finish. Smooth caramel malt backbone throughout the entire range. Has a great overall feel to it...a heft if you will. Very freaking nicely done amber ale-a style you donít see much innovation in.
Scubatrip (609) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the tap, pours a dark amber with a light white head on the edge. Smells malty and fruity, some hops. Tastes of malts and light hops, lightly bitter at the end.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in Knoxville Mellow Mushroom: Great reddish amber color. thick creamy tan head. good lacing. floral hop aroma. full mouthfeel with great bitterness. It was very nice.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep amber with frothy tan head. Nose is malty with a subtle smokiness and hop notes. Flavor is dry and malty, a faint hop btterness follows it up. Good, but a little drab.
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a rich amber with low to medium head. Aroma hard for me to tell it seemed to me like most beers Iíve tried it smelled alot like it tasted. Toasted not burnt malt taste that was smooth. Hops that I enjoyed not hardly as much bite as I like but really good. A beer I could drink regular @ 5.8 I wish it was available in Tenn.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, slightly hazy red-amber color, medium off-white head. Light aroma of caramel malts and some dark fruit. Malty flavor with some bite to it. Decent hop bitterness. Lighter bodied, finish is malty with some dryness. Decent beer, but not "exceptionally balanced".
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aquird in trade from quiver. pours amber to carmel in color Aroma were mild with simple notes of carmel malt. Flavors were mild with a buttery carmel mild sweet fruit like finish.
sneakyalien (2) - Brevard, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great, great, great ale. Maybe not Highlandís best, but itís their most marketable. Perfect for a wide drinking audience (not to meantion a concert) This is a VERY popular beer around western NC. I think the perfect balance is the key to itís complexity.