Goodgrief (1720) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Feb. 2007 - Amber ale? Pour was dark brown, very little head, some lacing. Aroma was of rotten cardboard. Taste was somewhat better. Well, if tasting like nothing is better than rotten cardboard, then itís better. Very faint flavor of roasted malts, sweet malts and very mild hops...oh yeah, and just a tad of rotten cardboard. Man, these brewers and their winter ales...bad.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear amber with a thin beige head, light carmel malt aroma with a touch of floral hops, solid dry carmel flavor, nice lasting bitterness, touch of sweetness in the last quaff
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Aurelius (3437) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh, toasted buttery citrus-grain aroma. Smells like a piece of breakfast toast with jam. Good cap, fair label, murky orange-brown, big head. Over carbonated. Good sweet toasted caramel flavor, medium light bittering. Finishes sweet and with an English PA character. Not bad, but too fizzy.
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with tan head. Aroma of malt and spice. Flavor matches aroma and is fairly well-balanced. Could use a little more spice or hops to thicken it up, but not bad at all.
3fourths (6933) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear ruby orange colored body with moderately thick white lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Sharp malt nose, coarse burnt hops smelled as well, and a scent that almost resembles some sherry or amaretto, only with a bit of a burnt quality. Medium to light body, slick up front and a bit chewy, then more coarse on the back. Centers mostly around a burnt cereal grain flavor with outside hints of bran and oranges. Finishes a bit watery and plain.
Lubiere (8239) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A reddish amber ale with a thin off white head. A murkey grainy malt with gravy notes (???). In mouth, rather unpleasant rye malt, raw mash and butter. Not very good. 11th Annual CNY Brewfest, Feb.5 2007.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color was a deep golden/orange with red hues. The head was white, fizzy, and thin. The aroma was citrisy and a little hoppy. The flavor was tangy and slightly bitter. The palate was smooth and nicely carbonated. The finish was warm.
emacgee (3429) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark copper with a medium head (poured aggressively). The aroma is sweet, mostly sweet malt and hop. The flavor is sweet too, not bad. Light hop bite. The palate has some bubbly carbonation.
Headbanger (2468) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle- A light amber body with a nice off white head and it has an aroma of malt with a little hops. Taste of malt with some hops thrown in. Not a bad amber but a little hoppier than others which is not a bad thing.
DrnkMcDermott (2620) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, bottled 10/25/06. Amber Ale. A catchall style that might be something good, might be something bland. This one pours amber enough, all right, with just a few clumps of bubbles. Sweet malty smell, fair enough. Taste is pretty straightforward. Decent caramel malts, a sharp, mostly European hop spiciness. Everything in a nice balance, although the balance is tenuous: a bit cloying here, a little to bitter there. Wheat does soften it up just a little it. Nothing off about it.
Loose bottle at Samís Wines, Downers Grove, IL