Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.
The color is a clear amber with a finger and a half of brownish foamy head and some nice lacing left on the glass.
The smell is malty with some slight maple aroma in the nose and some interesting sweetness that makes me wanting to move forward to the first sip.
The taste is has a nice smoky flavor that comes out in the first sip. There is some maples flavor there as well and reminds me slightly of a London porter. There is some nice dark malt-like flavor that is a little charred-dough with some sweet maple and the smallest amount of bitterness toward the end.
The feel of this beer is bigger then i had first anticipated. There is a nice complex flavor here that is interesting and helps amber ales shine a bit in my mind. This is certainly a beer that is early in the day big beer and something that could be something to have even at breakfast with an omelet or some eggs.
katrinaez (402) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 The maple was a little light. The smoke/oak was just enough to get you through as noted. Beer itself was quality enough. I would have again but don?t need to run and grab it just to have. Bottle
alexanderj (3392) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; poured a reddish amber color with an off white head. Aroma of smoke, maple, caramel, sweetness, and wood. Flavor is more mellow. Some band aid elements, touch of maple and caramel. Better in theory.
McGarnigle (576) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler from R’s Market. I like that this has a good amount of smoke to it. Not too much maple comes through, but it is generally sweet. Sweet and smoky works well. The downside is it doesn’t all meld together well for some reason. I suspect it needs better base malts to hold it down.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a good amount of head. Sweet spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.
chucklemation (691) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark amber with a foamy white head. Aroma is heavily smoky, and there is also some wood. He combination is a bit strong and reminds me of tobacco. Flavor is similarly heavy on the smoke, but here is also a light hit of sweet maple and caramel. Again I get tobacco from the blend of flavors. Perhaps a bit too heavy on the smoke, but this is nonetheless interesting.
Bulk_Carrier (2571) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice hazy amber color with a soft one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing.
The smell had some light caramel malts.
The taste was semi-sweet leaving just a tad to be desired as far as it seemed like it just needed a bit more perhaps an edge of more hops.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a slight sessionability about it.
Overall, this was just okay, it wasn’t anything special but it wasn’t anything bad.
alliance100 (932) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Derby Station - pours reddish amber . Faint smoke aroma with a bit of maple . Taste has a prominent smoke note , mild herbal hop bitterness , slight caramel finish . Pretty good . Interesting mix of flavors .
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milewide (1696) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent head. Solid body and deep amber color. Nice balance between hops and malt, but really modest smoke.
gripweed57 (903) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a massive foamy, rocky beige head and thick clinging lace. Aroma is both smoky and mapley, like maple cured bacon. Sweet toasted malt flavor, again more smoke and maple syrup flavor. Slightly medicinal, but the smoke is dominant. Subtle bitter finish with underlying notes of vanilla and raisins.
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy ruby copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apple skin, pear, toast, light caramel, light smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Poor aromas with overly estery notes and light malt presence. Taste of caramel, toast, smoked meat, brown bread, brown sugar, maple syrup, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, smoke, light chocolate, brown bread, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of dark malt, smoke, and maple syrup flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall, other than the horrible aromas, this was a very solid smoked amber ale. Well balanced dark/bready malt, smoke, and maple syrup flavors; and very smooth to sip on. This was quite enjoyable.