mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very raw malt and grain aroma. An unusual aroma. I have been smelling this beer for half an hour and and I finally remembered where I had smelled it before. It was at the Barley wine fest at the Toronado. Itís like a Barley wine light! I really didnít expect that from a amber ale. It kind of derailed my brain. I hope I donít get a headache. A bit of red ale in there with scant sweetness but not much amber character. Pretty good finish with tobacco. Props to being Unique!
I went to the brewery a few years ago. I had a few of their beers and had massive headache afterwards so consequently I havenít wanted to try their beers again till now. Reason is I got them cheap at Grocery Outlet.
Bule (526) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap pours a coppery brown color. Strong malt flavor with a good balance of hops.
brian60625 (722) - Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. This one fell flat on me. It was sweet, mellow, and generally uninteresting. The convoluted hop blend unfortunately combines into the palate equivalent of a grade school art class paint mush grey. Amber-copper color, good carbonation and a hardy, medium bodied mouthfeel.
GIJOE (443) - Monterey, California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper, thin tan head, good lacing. Aroma is hops. Taste mostly hop bitterness, but some toasted malt comes through. Medium body, potent carbonation. Good brew.
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crossovert (6119) - Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great poru for an amber. Amber body and a nice tan head. SMell is mild. It is bread, lgiht cocoa, and light hops. Flavor is caramel malts, light smokiness, medium to low bitterness, some spice.
tmoreau (2061) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to "on the rocks" samplers with a clear, amber hue, and modest, light tan head foam. The nose was somewhat musty & stale, with soapy and metallic notes in the flavor. Caramel and light sweetness were the only redeeming factors. A second "past itís prime" bottle from one brewery in a single sampling session?
Frank (2304) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The first thing that strikes me about this beer is itís lovely copper red color but it unfortunately goes down a bit from there. The nose has a nice floral hop presence but nothing too vibrant or striking. This is a bit on the sweet side and well balanced but the finish is a bit metallic which really diminishes the overall experience. The texture is nice and creamy and not too thick as not to be drinkable but because of that harsh bitterness it is hard to enjoy fully.
beerandbeyond (608) - ISRAEL - MAY 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Clear and gorgeous deep reddish amber color with a decent tan head.
Nutty nose, with earthy and piney hops, dark caramel and toffee.
Sweet juicy caramel malt flavor, med-hi bitterness, almonds, and marmalade.
Medium bodied, rich, balanced and somewhat wintery in character. Cool.
vtafro (2302) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Amber pour with tan head. Light hop with malt aromas. Flavor is light with hints of hops, and light caramel and other malt tones.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rated 3/31/13. 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a dark reddish-brown color. The head is a two finger heavy cream shade. Retention starts off quickly, then seems to slow down as the bubbles in the head get smaller. Attractive lacing, too.
S: This has a LOT of caramel malt in it, with a slight candied tone thrown in there as well. But the more I whiff it, the more a grassy, lemony hop character comes through. Not bad.
T: Initially, this opens up very caramel-forward. Underlying all the caramel are hints of chocolate, and it finishes with some light Centennial hopping. The flavors here balance out too well - they seem to cancel out the interesting qualities they could have otherwise brought to the table. In other words, a typical amber ale.
M: Thereís too much sweetness on the palate, and itís too thickly textured. The lack of flavor and unctuous palate feel - combined with the slightly-too-strong carbonation - makes this one really difficult to drink.
O: This is the first offering from Speakeasy Iíve had, and Iím not impressed. Itís the poor drinkability combined with the dreadfully boring nature that kills it for me. Others will like this, I donít - like I said before, a typical amber ale.
It does improve once it warms up, at least.