ericnixon (743) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice malty aroma over a beautiful ruby color. Clean malty flavor with a light smattering of teh hoppy. Surprisingly good from a state with a 6% limit.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fine amber color with an off-tan head and large bubbles from the carbonation. Toasted, sweet, rich caramel aroma with woody, tobacco and citrus aroma when gently swirled. Taste of strong, fresh-crushed caramel malt with a light but complementing citrus. A great balance and creamy mouthfeel. Even though American hops were used they complement the malt instead of heavily contrasting it. This beer shows finesse and power at the same time.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a full, light brown head that sits atop a clear deep amber-ruby beer. The aroma is sticky with malt notes and a hint of herbal, grassy hops as well. The aroma is quite intoxicating, with its sweet caramel malt notes. The taste is malty as well, though it is not as sweet as the aroma suggests, and it has lots of toasted malt notes. This is almost quite dry in its maltiness, perhaps there is a hint of smokiness as well. The finish is quite drying with its mix of toasted, cracker, roasted, and smoke malt flavors. This is a solid enjoyable beer.
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper pour with off white head and a robust hoppy aroma. Malty sweetness with hop bite. Balanced very well. Creamy and smooth for a very good mouthfeel. Bitter aftertaste but not much. Looks and tastes great. Definitely worth a second try.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Redbrown with dense beige head.
Spicy aroma with tones of roasted malt and citrus.
Citrusy flavour with notes of malt and chocolate. Long nicely done citrus bitterness.
omhper (23320) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, thanks SpringsLicker! Copper colour, rich head. Medium dry and lightly raisiny. It is fairly light bodied with average bitterness with a touch of ashiness.
ss315 (14) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellent offering from HBC. While a little light on the aroma, the appearance and flavor of this ale make this a favorite. This beer increases in complexity as it warms offering a nice balance of malty sweetness and hops bitterness.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful chestnut color. The aroma is a mix of cedar and caramel. I found the balance off, with the malts being a little sour. Add this to the bitterness of the hops and you have something a little "puckering". One sip seems watery, the next dense...hmmm.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I picked this up at a little pub in the Smokey Mountains, not expecting to find anything good...This is a very nice amber ale! Dark copper color with a thick, creamy head. Malty with caramel, wood, citrus/fruit, and hopped nicely, too.
drewdogg (62) - USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Probably my fourth favorite of the Highland brews, but very good nonetheless. You will not find a better amber brewed in the region, but there are many that are better in the western sates.