Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy copper with lots of rising bubbles, some fine sediment, and a sizable, frothy, ecru head that diminishes gradually, leaving no lace. The nose is an unexpected, sweet, anise note up-front, like black jelly beans, followed by a touch of a caramel malt note; very candy-like. Light to medium-bodied and slick with a sweet, clean finish. Wow! This is unlike any other amber that I’ve had: a sweet, rounded malt front, black licorice (much like on the nose, only more pronounced), and a light mint note, in support. Hops play absolutely no role whatsoever in the flavor profile. I tend to dislike ambers unless they pack a solid hop bitterness to support their malt bill. I also tend to get a distracting metalic note from many beers in this style. I get neither from this brew, and surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. It’s fairly sweet but very quaffable. Scanning the other reviews for this beer, I have to wonder if Oak Creek has an issue with consistency or their bottling line. The reviews are all over the place, and I found this one to be far better than its score would indicate (a rarity for me). I’ll have to have the in-laws, in Sedona, send me some more of this one to see for sure.
soren2007 (8) - USA - MAR 1, 2008 does not count
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2008 Smells like an amber ale missing the hops. Amber/caramel color. Starts off sweet and dry, ends malty and bland, like its missing the hops. Its pretty heavily carbonated and not smooth on the palate. They claim the following: "balanced by medium hop bitterness", "an all malt beer that is naturally carbonated", but I didnt see either of those elements.
doubelknv3 (1016) - Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear amber with no head. Mild floral and malt-honey aroma notes. Honey, carmel, and very sweet flavour. Bland and sweet finish.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JAN 30, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to cbkschubert. Pours a copper color with decent white head. Hints of hops and roasted sweet malt. Light hops at first, then followed by a sweet roasted almost nutty malt flavor. Body is light, as is the finish. Very clean and quick.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly cloudy copper colored pour, with a flimsy white head. Nice aroma of hops and malt, with some fruity sweetness. Flavor is dominated by the hops, but with some notes of malt and caramel. Easy drinking BBQ style beer.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle vai Hellbilly (thanks!). Pours a semi-hazy copper with a tiny head. Nose is sweet & malty. Taste is ice tea, biscuits, and subtle earthy hops. Carbonation is high, body is medium. An ok backyard bbq type beer.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz brown bottle courtesy of my parents, who recently went to Sedona. Pours a copper-amber body with a thin film of offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Smells sweet and malty, siimilar to malt extract. Tastes toasty buttery sweet. Smooth medium mouthfeel makes this a pretty drinkable ale. Not the best beer in theworld, but a really solid sessionalbe ale that I’d get mopre often if it was local here. Good beer!
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with small white head. Aroma is mellowed caramel. Flavor is low caramel, biscuit and victory malt. Floral hops as well. Easy drinking, nice crispness and biscuit touch. Not bad.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a mostly clear amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is malty and toasty with some biscuit notes. Mild citrus as well. The flavor had a mild tartness to it over a toasty malt.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
clear amber, wispy head, sweet bready caramel malt aroma with stinky floral hops, creamy body, lightly sweet bready malt flavor, light balancing hops, very faint bitter finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20