kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, from the brewery. Pours a clear ruby red under a small covering of beige head. The nose is husky grainy toasted malt with a moderate floral hop nose. The flavor is mostly husky heavily toasted malt with a very lightly bitter finish. A little thin maybe. Mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side with a somewhat watery texture and soft fizzy carbonation. Overall, nothing special, but drinkable.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Aroma is a piquant, rich sweet grain, light honey, browned toasted and almond liqueur. Gentle, nuanced and suave. Pours a deep mahogany amber, ruddied in florid delight. Rim of clay-colored head. Flavor is a rich, delicate malt, dappled with toothy grains, fresh bread, savory herbs and a full bouquet of ranging tree boughs. Hops seem to back up and look inwardly at this beer, great balance especially considering the really dry, beautifully attenuated finish with delectable freshness and tingling mineral qualities. Yeast settles into the beer and gives an undertone of elegance. All around nice. One of those expertly crafted recipes, brewed to perfection and exhibiting all its glory in a style that’s so unoriginal that good work really stands out.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub. Pours rusty red with quick ivory head. The aroma is caramel with some fruit blossom notes, little bits of toast and some distant cedar. The flavor has a little bit of toast, some caramel, and a prickly hop presence. the finish is slightly woody and carbonic. Decent.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma of faint citrus and malts. Taste is faint citrusy with hints of malt. Not bad.
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 (7133) - 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 (5309) - 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 (1834) - 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.