BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured a deep amber-brown color with a thin off-white head that left some light lacing. Sweet, toasty aroma with soft hints of caramel paired with some lightly piny, earthy hops. Brash, toasty entry dominates the flavor for the most part with some caramel trying to peak through before the moderately bitter, earthy hops take hold and linger into the finish. Moderate carbonation and average mouth feel. Overall, this beer is probably decent, I just really am not a fan of the abrasive toasted grain flavors found in this beer.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted in Colorado (Colorado Springs). Tasted at Phantom Canyon Brewing. Dark copper colour. Caramel aroma. Same caramel is present in the flavour. Slight hop finish.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JUN 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the tap, this beer poured slightly hazy, amber in color with a very small white head that didnít last long and left almost no lacing. There was good floral hop aroma here with little if any malt noticeable. The body was light with good carbonation. The texture was thin and the beginning was hoppy. It had a slightly bitter middle and a long hoppy bitter finish.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ported from one of my early BA reviews.
Itís, well, amber. Fairly clear and on the reddish side if you look at it facing a light source. A ring of bubbles around the glass, but otherwise no head.
Sweet, almost like a kind of caramel candy. Thereís a tiny bit of hops bitterness in the background when you really take a whiff, but malt dominates for sure.
Semi-sweet, very much makes you think of something in the 50-60L crystal malt range. The malt flavor really dominates, with the hops subtly adding a slight bitterness and filling out the back end.
If you close your eyes, ignore the flavor, and just think about texture, the first thing to come to mind is milk. Not quite as thick as cream, but fuller than a standard ale.
Reasonable. I can certainly drink one of these, I could probably drink two, but the flavor is complex enough that I might need a break. Oddly enough, I feel like my break could be heavier as easily as it could be lighter.
p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In taster from brewery. Looks like hazy amber. Smells like cascade. Tastes like cascade on the front palate then warm amber malts on the sides. Overall 7 of 10.
Vikingbrew (193) - Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a really good smooth amber with a fair amount of hops to please me. I had this one many times with my dinner and itís always fresh and satisfying. I recommend this one to all amber lovers.