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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A 2001 Silver Medal Winner at the North American Brewers' Association competition. A deep-copper colored medium - bodied ale. Its fresh flavor is smooth and carefully balanced with a nice mellowness and hint of caramel malt balanced by medium hop bitterness. It is an all malt beer that is naturally carbonated. A very drinkable beer all on its own and pairs well with all kinds of foods.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Re-rates: This thing isn’t that sweet, despite lacking any hops. It has a nutty, almost amber lager type twist, pretty crisp, somewhat dry, with a firm malt presence. Original rating: Nothing bad to say about this one, other than the fact that the hops were underplayed. The aroma was of strong caramel, somewhat sweet. The flavor was much the same, although the caramel got to me after a while: too sweet (theme here w/ OC). The mouthfeel wasn’t as sticky and the sweetness wasn’t really cloying.... just overdone, but drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2006
12oz bottle and the last of my tour tonight of Oak Creek provided via trade with cbkschubert - Thanks Craig! - Pours amber with a short white head. Aroma of caramel malts and grassy hops. Flavor is caramel, and some frosted flakes. Oddly enough this tastes nutty too. Very similar to the same flavor as the nut brown ale I had earlier. Palate is creamy and medium bodied. A little less roasty than the nut brown but very similar in flavor. Not much hop presence here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a faint head that faded. Has a light grassy hop aroma. Flavor is also a slight grassy hops with just a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Medium body. Not too bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KUEric (946) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2006
12 oz bottle: Tiny little 1/8" head that fades away in a matter of seconds. The color is a nice amber-brown color almost a copper. The aroma is fruity, carboard and very mild to non-existant. The flavor is sweet malts up front (only on the first touch of the tounge/lips) then fruity, cardboard, wood, and socks with a bitter (not necessarily in a good way) finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Very unusual beer. Pours very dark mahogany with a tan head. Aroma is nutty and caramel. Flavor is the same, but with a sour finish. I don’t know how this can be called an amber. Not sweet, not transparent. I’d call this a stout, and not a very good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (7425) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Shared this with Aurelius who brought it back from Arizona. Medium copper-coloered pour, decent off-white head. Aroma has some fruity and floral notes to it with some nectarines. Flavor has a profile of citrus and caramel with an odd celery back end. The finish has a sweet, biscuity maltiness to it with a hint of nuttiness. Thick mouthfeel, decent amber. Actually had this before on a trip to Sedona before my RB days.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Muddy effect. Hops fruit, light diacetyl, a bit doughy. Mild lingering bittering. Kumquat, green pecan. A bit astringent. Fairly acidic. OK label, good bronzy beer. Mild freshwater aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Pours with a frothy amber-tan colored head that is held up by a fair amount of carbonation. The color is a pretty, only faintly hazy, bright ruby red color when held up to the light. The aroma is faintly citrusy, with a mild spicy hop aroma. The taste is dry and spritzy up front and then moves to a lightly sweet, fruity, almost strawberry like note. This beer is pretty light on the palate and has a soft, lightly buttery type note to it as well. This beer is far less flavorful, and a tad lighter than I was expecting. There is a bit of malt complexity here with notes of caramel being dominant, and the hops have a light spicy note to them, as well as a balancingly bitter finish, but this beer is just lacking in character. There really needs to be more of something, be it malt or hops, to make this beer interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
antibeersnob (29) - Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Nice amber color, thin head with a sweet aroma. Smooth and drinkable. Slight caramel initial and then finishes with a little bitterness. A good amber.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Somewhat of a camel aroma to it. Copper body and good head on the pour but was gone quick. Flavor of some hoppinees and smooth on the palate. If this beer would of been cool and crisp on the palate rating might of been a different story.

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