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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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A full-bodied amber ale with a rich, smooth flavor, just the right balance of hops and notes of caramel and toffee.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle on 09/01/2008. Clear amber body with a large frothy tan head that quickly diminishes. Caramel and earthy malt aroma with some earthy and floral hop hints. Sweet caramel and earthy malt flavors, some cherrios and some earthy and floral hops and a very mild bitter finish that rapidly dissipates. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maugus4ever (123) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Pours amber with a small white head and decent lacing. Aroma of caramel and malts. Nice caramel and toffee flavors come through, with a good balance of malts and hops. Lighter mouthfeel than expected but not necessarily in a bad way. Good amber ale.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy of Butters shared with Maniac. Caramelized malts with slight fruitiness, cereal grain, and floral hops. Mostly clear amber golden with small white head. Nice tea like hop flavor with light caramel, cereal, and no fruit in flavor. Light body and mouthfeel. Dry finish with touch of residual bitterness. Nice example of an amber.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arventresca (564) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2008
TAp. Amber with white head. Another at the PGA Event on Greensboro. Pretty good. A little like a Boston Lager. Better than the other Natty I sampled.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3787) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Another pleasant surprise from these guys. I had never even heard of them and here they are making some decent brews. Clear deep amber pour on draft with thin head of light tan color. Malty and biscuity. Good medium body was not overcarbonated. Very enjoyable amber.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2008) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2008
12 oz bottle. Better than I had expected. Decent malty nose, that carried over to the flavor. Thirst quenching and actually not half bad.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3774) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 12 oz., bb Aug 08. Clear dark copper with a ruby tinge and a small, creamy head that lasts and laces well. Aroma of earth-spiced molasses, tea leaf and caramel. Flavor is grain, molasses, tea leaf, biscuit, light apple, toasted nut and some slight resin on the finish. Light-medium body is smooth and lightly hop-tingly. This is a very good example of an English style premium bitter.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2008
12oz bottle thanks to jrob_21. Pours a copper color with thin off-white head which dissipated almost immediately. Smell is roasty malt and nutty. Taste is malt and nutty with a little sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-to-thin with some carbonation and a slight bitterness to it.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EithCubes (5000) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle (from jrob_21, iirc). Musty, woody funk aroma, I’d have called it hops if I didn’t know the brewer’s house flavor. Lesser caramel and toffee, and medium-strength waves of this great tea leaf tone. Mahogany pour with a soapy tan head. Malty, toffee-heavy taste, lightly sweet and earthy with mild carbonation on a medium-light body. Faint (macro-level) bitterness. Flourish of citrus (lemon) toward the end. Little bit of a chalky residue, but not much. Nice little toasty session, nuanced and gentle and corresponds well as the American session to the English bitter - you learn to appreciate it more with volume.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2008
On tap; amber in color with a medium sized white head. Aroma of caramel malt and flowers. Flavor was similar; toffee and caramel with a slight hop finish. Some sweetness and grass also. About average for the style.


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