brokensail (15774) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a deep, dark, brown color with plenty of red notes. The head is minimal and some spots of lacing are left.
S: The smell is very rich and malty. A lot of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a mild roasted quality.
T: The taste follows the nose. Big sugar, toffee, and caramel, flavors. The roasted malt is not as noticeable here. The flavors are quite reminiscent of a barleywine.
M: Low carbonation, medium body, and quite smooth.
D: I generally like a hoppier red/amber ale, but this was actually quite good. I think the flavors were bold enough to make this beer something more than a sugary mess.
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deeep amber, nice frothy head. Smell was a approachable malty nose. Taste was a light amber malt, nothing standing out but a pleasant light amber lager. Overall a very palatable beer, but nothing that really stands out. This is quite drinkable but nothing that is going to make me search it out and find this to pound a few with my friends.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber with a sizable off-white head that recedes very slowly to a thin, creamy cap and a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet with caramel malts dominating with a slightly roasted character to it. There is also a slightly grassy hop aroma.
The taste is more earthy with some grassy hops and a light sweet caramel malt backbone. The finish is bitter with a combination of hops and toasted grains.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and borders on watery with the flavors seemingly muted.
This is a fair amber that’s pretty drinkable but doesn’t have much depth to it. Not bad.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thank you Jak, from work....Pours a slightly cloudy amber hue with a frothy head that fades slowly with nice lacing. Aromas of a touch of cumin, hay, a little touch of hops, a little caramel and a mild touch of pine. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a mild hop bitterness. Flavors of pine, mild carbonation, and a touch of ketchup/cumin. The cascades aren’t as noticeable as the amarillo hops, maybe because I am from so cal which is a cascade haven. Very well balanced for the style that I’m normally not a big fan of. A definite session ale.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a deep 2 toned amber brown with a small off white head. Caramel, malt, and a mild hop bitterness in this one. Nice lite amber with some flavors.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sunburnt orange, long-lasting head. Very, very faint aroma - but what’s there is good. Sweetish balanced roastiness. Flavor is moderately sweet and seems to have some spiciness - cinnamon-like. Subdued, but pleasant enough.
alexanderj (3531) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a dark, reddish brown color. Aroma of caramel, earth, citrus, and fruit. Flavor was actually quite solid and nuanced. Caramel, nuts, fruit, earth, citrus. Palate was close to being creamy and worked quite well. After taste isn’t the greates, but oh well. Solid beer overall.
Ratman197 (13106) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of Odeed poured a clear dark reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, light earthiness and light fruitiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, carmel, earthiness and black cherry with a smooth lingering malty finish.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep Ruby, almost brown, thin white head. Aroma is malty, light caramel, plums. Taste is fairly hoppy with a mild background hoppiness, faint chocolate.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
5-2-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to Odeed
Brown red amber in color with an okay head. Sweet doughy smell with perhaps some citris in there too. Flavor is bland and watery with a hint of hop residue - but nothing big about this at all. Super thin with lackluster carbonation. Not a horrid beer by any means - just nothing very bold about it.