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 (5104) - 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 (4354) - 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.