manuchampions (1244) - 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 (5671) - 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 (17802) - 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 (1879) - 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.
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy). Poured a peachy gold. Aroma was of cherry and cinnamon. Flavor was of spice, brown sugar, and grass. Nice beer.
alobar (3432) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish amber color with aroma of cereal, hops, and caramel malts. Flavor is comprised of mostly caramel malts, and grain with a decent bitter hop ending. Decent beer.
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber pours deep pure gold with loose white head. The aroma is earthy, sort of spicy with hops, some tart grapefruit and a bit of malts mixing with a dash of roasted malts. The taste is similar with notes that are sweet with sugary malts quickly picking up grapefruit and tangelo. It then slides into the finish with added notes of spiciness, earthiness and a sliver of roasted malts.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a mostly clear reddish amber with a frothy off white head, nice lacing. Nose of muddled herbal hops and some cereal grain. Flavor was much of the same with a slight metallic tinge to it.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Pours hazy amber with a good sized off white head and good lace. Smells malty and metallic with some dish towel and slight caramel. Tastes caramelly and malty and metallic and hint of citrus and slight fruit. Medium body, good carbonation.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured orangish amber, smooth, caramel malt, earthy hops, little fruity, clean dry finish.