nearbeer (3840) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Copper with a crunchy lasting foam. Light nose of dry spice, caramel and white pepper. Taste is the same, with a toasted nut and ginger note. Light-medium body is very sessionable, dryish and watery, with no notice of the 7.2%.
SSSteve (3824) - - SEP 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. a clear dark orange under a large, creamy, white head. aroma has a bit of nuttiness in the malts with some bitter hops. the flavor showcases a nice nutty, bready malt with a balanced amount of bittering hop for the style. drinks like it’s 5% abv. medium body. really good stuff.
beernovice39 (3156) - Montana, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a semi cloudy orange/amber beer with a thin off white head. Scent is malt and fruit. Taste bready and hoppy.
PorterPounder (5695) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverages - 22 oz bomber. Dark orange pour, slightly murky, soft pillowy off white head with good lacing. Aroma has a hint of spruce, some sweet cherries. Flavor has a nice subtle bitterness to it with some citrus accents, a hint of caramel and of course some nuttiness. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Overall, decent.
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 26, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
too big to be sessionable, and not good enough to want to sip on it for an hour. would have preferred a hoppier, much lighter beer to this grainy caramel fruit hop contraption.
ContemplateBeer (1580) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of pine hops, caramel and grapefruit. Appearance is translucent red\brown with tan head. Flavor matches the nose with a slight imperial booziness. Palate is creamy.A pretty nice Amber Ale.
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle from Valley Isle liquors in Kihei, Maui. Poured an orange amber with thin head. Aroma featured caramel malt and some earthy hops. Taste was rounded with good malt and hop balance although the taste and finish were thin for a beer of this strength. Decent effort but really came off as a less than stellar American Strong that got re-classified as an amber to save it from a ratings beat down. Still, I did like it for what it was.
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to bhensonb for this one - pours a turbid straw color with a thick, frothy, lasting head - this one should probably be classified as an American Strong - fairly yeasty nose, some oxidation, earthiness, stale hops, moderate sweetness, toasted bread - flavor is much the same - yeasty/bready, stale hops, medium sweet - quite a bit of earthiness - dusty basement - moderately estery - almost biere de garde-ish in some respects - a touch spicy at the back end - hard to classify, but pretty good.
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Decent amber ale. Pours clear, amber orange with a medium, white-yellow head. Caramel malt aroma with some cereal and earthy hops. Flavor is sweet with more caramel, grains, light fruit with mild citrus hops in the finish. Light to medium in body, with the alcohol blended in nicely. Not terribly dynamic, but quite good.
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer pours a significantly lighter color than expected. While I don’t really care all that much about color, Napa Smith put "Red Ale" right on the label. Lacing is pretty good. The aroma is a bit yeasty with some biscuit malt and not a lot of hops. The flavor is enjoyable and balanced, if not malt-forward. There’s a fruity, vinous quality to the malt, which is nice. A hint of bitterness in the finish. Ultimately, it’s just a bit too sweet.