JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark amber in color with a medium-sized white head. Thick lacing. Caramel, juniper, rye and raspberry aroma is rather light. Definite berryness in the flavor, along with more rye, chicory and a fair amount of butterscotch. Medium-high carbonation.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: transparent amber with decent head. Decent bready caramel aroma. Flavor has lots of caramel, nuts and some peach. Decent amber.
ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Beautiful amber color. No visible carbonation as is the case with most of Moosejaw’s beers. Ring of off-white head. Roasted malt flavor with some caramel notes. Very soft. Too soft. No bite. Easy drinking. More alcohol and a hoppier bite would help.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transparent caramel brown with an admirable tan/grey head. Aroma is honey bread, brown sugar and hazelnuts, although it’s fairly reserved. Irish red-like nuttiness and malt complexity. A pleasant surprise and nice deviation from this brewery’s paler beers. Caramel, toffee chews, pumpernickel bread and a mixed bag of nuts round out the flavoring. Well-executed and modest beer.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber with no head. Nose is rusty but barely present. Lots of malts and an almost formaldyhyde character in the alcohol presence. Drinkable but nothing interesting really.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber color with a small off white head. Again serve near sub-zero temperatures. Very light toffee and mild fruit aromas. Flavors of toffee with peaches and cream. Somewhat interesting, but like most ambers unremarkable. An easy quaff.
PorterPounder (5540) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub/restaurant in the Wisconsin Dells. Light copper pour with a decent sized, off-white head, good lacing. No apparent aroma that I could pick up. Flavor has some traces of caramel, mint, and cotton candy. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Had much better ambers.
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Darker amber color with a thin head. Light grain and malt aroma and taste. Slightly bitter. A pretty good and simple example of an amber, although there really isn’t much here.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber to Brown Coloring with White Ring. Light Grain..Sweet Malt Aroma. Sweet Malt to Begin With...and Quickly Gives Way to Hops and a Buttered Toast Flavor...Drinkable Enough for an Amber.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 6, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at the brewpub. Dark amber. Lightly smoky malt nose. Very sweet: candied apricots, caramel; somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Good flavors, but overall too sweet and thick.