Allthatisevil (48) - alabaster, Alabama, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Nice dark brownish red colour. Small brownish head. It could be a little less bitter. However, the slight chocolate/ toffee flavoures balance it out really well. Light after taste. And a very light malty smell. Really good beer! I wish I could get more. bhensonb (15498) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Strong malty aroma backed with a lot of citrus hop. Dark, mostly mahogany, color with a white head that flattened promptly. Medium bodied with creamy, chewy carbonation. Starts with a lot of roasted malt, and not enough citrus hop to really balance it. On the plus side every flavor is very strong. There is some light stone fruit in the middle, and the finish is not really all that sweet. There is some definite bitter at the end. The hop profile is probably a lot more complicated than my nose. It is really amazing. More of a malty IPA than an amber? BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Thanks to Skyview for sharing. Brown color with minimal head. Pine and citrus hop on the nose. Roasted malt, peat, chalk, and citrus hops in the body. Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Traded a single bottle during ABA’s beer bottle swap in Portland, OR. Pours a clear dark amber brew with a thick and lumpy off-white head that hardly goes away. Most excellent lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, some peat, roasted nuts and a touch of flowery hops. Taste is slightly chalky, medium bodied with a dry carbonation. Flavors has characters of sour dough biscuits, some citrus zest and caramel. Finish is slightly dry, with a burnt sugar aftertaste. A good balanced amber ale. Ratman197 (15109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, biscuit, earthiness and a hint of citrus. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit rind and light earthiness with a lingering bitter finish.
marcus (10473) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 13, 2006
This amber ale poured with a small off-white head. This is a unique brew that has a rather complex flavor that is hard to nail down. Although the flavors (spice, chocolate, hop bitterness, etc.) are interesting, the balance normally found in a great beer is missing. zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2005
pours a dark amber color with a small head and just a little bit of lacing. the aroma is strong with alcohol and chocolate malts. Tastes much stronger than 6.2% but manages to maintain it’s smoothness. Slight burnt tones to the aftertaste. Pretty good but I wouldn’t drink more than one in a sitting. blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of GregClow. Pours a clear reddish-brown with a small off-white head. My first thought upon smelling this was "wow, that’s different" -- the aroma is complex and hard to pin down, I detected roasted malt, hops, caramel and chocolate but there’s much more. The flavour follows the aroma and adds spices and alcohol to the party and ends with a nice hop bitterness. One interesting thing is that each time I took a sip it would taste slightly different to me. Very good and a huge surprise, I was not expecting this at all. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2005
Shared with blankboy, GregClow and HogTown Harry, bottle courtesy of GregClow. Dark amber, small tan head. Some sort of candy brown sugar aroma - very interesting. Bubble gum taste again? Some malty, butter like sweetness to the taste. Some harshness too - not quite well balanced. Hints of chocolate as well. Thin mouthfeel. Slight hops at the end. A nice beer, just not quite balanced enough to be considered excellent. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle from Trader Joe’s, San Diego - shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry and tupalev. Ruby brown colour with a small tan head. Both aroma and flavour are surprisingly complex - notes of burnt sugar, cocoa, roasted malt, peat smoke, and a smooth & robust hoppiness to round things out. Like the lager, this was a completely random purchase, and one that I’m glad I made.