marcus (8820) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This amber ale poured with a nice fluffy off-white head and a root beer aroma. The flavor is quite hearty, filled with smoked malt followed by tasty hop bitterness.
robforbes (2152) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a semi-cloudy amber with a small white head, and some lacing.
smell is of pine, caramel, some malts, and finishes with some spice.
taste is of caramel, some malts, slightly metallic, touch of spice, some pine, and ends a little on the bitter side.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from S&K Beverages in Plano, TX. Pours a slight hazy amber with off-white head. Aroma of some caramel and hoppy grapefruit spice. Flavor is malty, caramel, hoppy grapefruit, nice bitter. Mouthfeel is medium body with high carbonation....Overall, good stuff, warming, good winter beer.
BelgianBeerGal (3708) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Man was this a nice surprise. Easily one of the better amber ales I have ever tried. Very dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Awesome blend of sweet malt and bittering hops. Complex flavour with a clean finish. Great winter warmer.
soyorganic (305) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a burgundy red with a piney hop, sweet almost pepperminty malt aroma. Nice beer that tastes like the aroma with the taste leaning towards the hops. I thought this was too hoppy for a winter beer, maybe I have burned myself out on hops. But it is very drinkable with nice carbonation and the alcohol is not noticeable.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Redish amber, smooth, sweet, malty, hoppy, citrus, caramel, fruity, bready.
spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours full amber with a small off-white head. Fair amount of lacings.
Taste is like a malted-up IPA. Very smooth and tasty. Alcohol (7.2%) is well hidden. Palate is very smooth.. Drinability is good considering the 7.2% abv.
kidmartinek (4447) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours multi colored like a black and tan with a small but holding
off-white head. Aroma of full bodied hops and bitter and sweet malt.
The flavor is like a good ipa with a nice malt backbone and a tinge of
sweetness. Really superb beer. Texture and body are full without being
too heavy. Body is mild and a tiny bit creamy. Lacing is heavy and
intricate. The beer finishes with a becon for the next sip.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from BevMo Mission Valley. Pours a clear medium amber color with a 2 finger off white head. Nose was quite hoppy and had some sweet malt in the back drop. This is by far the best beer I’ve had from Widmer.....good stuff!
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Poured reddish with a white head. Aroma was spicy with herbal hops. A little bolder than most amber ales, but the taste was somewhat off. Seemed very unbalanced with an awkward sourness. Cracker malt flavors with tangy hops that seemed not fresh.