kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear dark red, wispy beige head,
dry dark caramel aroma with light earthy hops,
rich malt flavor, lots of dark caramel sweetness, lots of earthy balance,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub on 4/9/07: Transparent dark copper amber with a nicely-lacing frothy, off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel malt and some graininess. Smooth, fairly full, sweet body has nice bittering hoppy balance with some fruity esters. A good amber ale.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 Draft at brewpub. The only one of the nine beer sampler that I did not like. Pours amber red with an off white head. Very faint aroma of malt grains and hops. Flavor of toasted grains, caramel, tea with only a small amount of sweetness. The spicy hops and combined with the malt flavors seemed to struggle for harmony on my palate. Perhaps I need to try this fresh, because others (except for Cheapdark) are enjoying this one.
cheap (4172) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clearish red ruby color with a dark honey appearance. Lightly fruity aroma. Hints of hops on the first taste but not overwhelming. Interesting variation of complex flavors. Good low to medium carbonation. Well balanced malt and hop combination. Building bitterness during the session. Finish is medium bitterness and hangs for a while.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler, same day. Pours a brilliant, reddish-amber color; fluffy, off-white head with great retention and lacing that coats the glass. Chewy, wet malts and caramel in the aroma; hints of red fruit. Above average carbonation. Medium-to-full, malt-dominated mouthfeel: crisp, floral hoppiness with a slightly viscous dried red fruit and caramel maltiness; nicely integrated red ale, with a pleasant fruit character. Lengthy, wet malt and light floral hop finish.
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery a few times. Dark red body that is clear with a good size head that stays. Flavor is a nice smooth blend of hops with a little hop character making this very drinkable. Possibly the best amber I’ve ever had.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5045) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 Sampled on draft at the brewery this beer poured a reddish-brown color with a small white head. The aroma is sharp citrusy hops and nice light malts. The flavor is malty, nutty and has a sharply bitter fruity hop presence. The finish is sharp and biting and rather long.
3fourths (8216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 Draught at the brewery. Dark yet bright ruby red body with a creamy white head. Has a sweet sugary marachino cherry hop flavor, crisp but very light on the tongue. Some lactic flavors are present, with a light biscuity malt flavor as well. A bit light on the tongue, a bit lacking a depth of flavors. Moderately hopped and sweet overall, but lacking depth.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was actually surprisingly good. Very well done Otto’s!
Appearance: Served an amber read color in a pint glass.
Smell: Hoppy amber caramel aroma, with hints of fruitiness and bitterness.
Taste: This beer was similar to how I remembered St. Rogue Red with sweet malts through the center, and crisp edges with a bitter hop kick.
Mouthfeel: The medium body it thin-ish but zippy enough to feel bigger than the body would suggest.
Drinkability: This is a very easy sessionable beer!
Hope this is helpful.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
firkin friday casked ale: Big carel malt aroma hops are dectectbable with a hint of pine. Deep reddish brown color, a little cloudy from the cask. lots of malt, some pine, grapefruit aftertaste. the biggest draw back was in the mouthfeel. felt thick, but didn’t have a lasting impression. good lacing on the glass. For a red ale its awesome