Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked up single 12-oz bottle from Cellars Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear burnt copper amber brew with a thick fast dissolving off-white head. Leave a fair lacing. Aroma of rye type grain, some hazelnuts, sourdough bread and sweet barley malt. Taste is complex with a clean dry malt flavor and a bitter hop finish. An average brew but better than the most macro beers.
jcp23 (54) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2007 12oz bottle. Pours dead on, deep, actually classic amber color with requisite off-white head and no lacing. Very strongly aromatic, with sweet malt and caramel dominating. This one is all about the malt and it is quite flavorful, indeed. Sweet, smooth, rich and a bit creamy, this beer is a mouthful of flavor, like it or not. I like it. A little too sweet for me to have more than a couple, but thatís OK. This beer has the feel of something that had some thought, care, & technique put into it. Substantially better than expected. The Russian Mob strikes again!
bigcat03 (263) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - APR 21, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Hy-Vee poured into lager glass - Pours amber with a very minimal white head; Watery hops, light caramel, apple juice, and pale malts to the nose; Bland with really pale malt and some kind of funky tartness on the initial taste; Cardboard aftertaste; Wateriest body Iíve ever had; Very little carbonation; So blandly inoffensive that itís offensive. This beer has no substance to it. Who drinks this swill?
Strykzone (6718) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sometimes you get a beer where the malt and hops flavors balance and work together to make a great beer. However, in this one those two seem to work against each other and that makes for a disappointing beer drinking experience.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2007
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a sexy amber with ample head and thick lacing around the glass. Aroma is wet hops and soggy leaves, with touch of honey in the background. Flavor is weak strawberry with roasted nuts. Watery mouthfeel. Not disgusting, but not worth selling your soul for, either.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Poured a clear lighter orange with a short fizzy cap of beige head. The aroma found caramel sweetness along with dried fruits.. rather weak.
Flavor was rather bland with semi-sweet caramel and some lighter fruits at the base along with a mild earthy bitterness.. very faint hit of citrus on the tip of the tongue and in fleeting moments on the finish. Decent amount of carbonation and a dry feel to it. Rather blah, but certainly drinkable.
crazydiamond (48) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer is nice & clear and well (but not overly) carbonated. Has a nice, malty aroma. Color is more akin to a light brown ale, perhaps a bit too dark for an Amber. Flavor profile similar to a classic American Brown as well except it finishes dryer and cleaner as most lagers do. To me, lagering takes away from what might be a nice beer here, all complexity gone with that standard, smooth finish of a lager. To me, a smooth finish isnít always desireable. But, Iím sitting in an airport waiting for a plane, so itíll do....
cheap (5305) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2007
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 12 oz brown bottle with a twist off cap. Popping the lid yields a yeasty beer aroma. It is darker than a yellow american beer and there is a froth on top. Pour reveals a dark cream soda appearance. There is no head except a ring around the side of the glass. Taste is medium strong with more malt than hops. An alcohol bite seems apparent. Good smooth carbonation which is almost creamy on the back of the tongue. Seems to be enjoyable and not too offensive, lacking excessive personality. Not quite as good as Dos Equis XX Amber but much better than Great Lakes Eliot Ness, Schell FireBrick, Saranac & Adirondack Amber. Finish is a little alky and there is a taste that lingers shortly which it is medium bitter.
Littleboob (25) - Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2006
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Point made a beer that doesínt look like ginger ale for a change. Tases abit sweet to me. Goes down a bit nice too. Point made a beer i can live with.
bigboob (9) - Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2006 does not count
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Although this beer claims to be "Hand Crafted", it reminds me of stale Budweiser.