Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pony Bar. Nice brew here. Would make an excellent sessioner. Pours a nifty amber-red with a crisp, white head. Nose is moderately hoppy. Flavor is a nice mix of rich malts and bitter hops. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Solid.
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, 2009 vintage, courtesy of travita) Pours a golden body with a small white head. Aroma of herbs, grass, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, pine, herbs, caramel malt, and grass with a dry, bitter finish.
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish pour, off white head. simple nose of honey and some herbal/citrusy hops. Flavor shows the alcohol, some toffee notes, toasted grain, and hops.
DocLock (9857) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft notes from 4Q 09. Pours coppery ruby with off white head. Nose is c malty, with big resiny hops, some dark fruit. Tastes rsiny, hoppy, with a solid c malt bill and some red wine grapey flavors. Well balanced as usual from Stoudt’s.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Beechtree. Pours a clear ruby orange amber with a nice clean beige head. Sweet toast and malt on the nose. Crisp and malty with some sweet malt. Nice and sessionable, if not a little dull. Good spicyness and toast, with some spice bitterness on the finish.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramelized cereals and lasting herbal hop bitterness make up most of this Amber Ale’s friendly flavor profile.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the translucent amber.
-This is very drinkable due to the body’s leanness and the soft bubbling.
-The hop bitterness is bolder than I would have expected for such an approachable brew.
-The malt profile is pretty linear.
-This starts as though it is in the Sam Adams line of Winter brews (quenching and easygoing), but that finish is definitely geared towards craft beer lovers. A strange idea perhaps, but very well executed.
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to travita. Pours with an orange body and a white head. Aroma of caramel, dryness and some alcohol. Taste is caramel, dryer sheets, and something that I cannot read from my notes. Creamy bubbles, dry mouthfeel.
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 12 oz bottle. An amber color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is malty, with notes of caramel - definitely not the porter unless friends switched glasses on me after pouring. Sweet, malty, not overpowering, no real notable hop character outside some bitterness. An okay beer, but nothing spectacular.
vtafro (6535) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet malt aroma and flavor with some spices and fruit notes. Kind of light on the spice, What hops?
blutt59 (6501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to travita, clear amber with white foam, hop and caramel aroma, bready malts and caramel flavor, slight bitter finish