bhensonb (15352) - 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? Ratman197 (14976) - 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. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Clear copper body with medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, chocolate, some earthy, nutty. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, chocolate, nutty, finishes with some earthy and grapefruit along with chocolate. Light-medium body. This would make a nice "transition beer." hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2008
12oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!). Poured a medium and cloudy copperish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, caramel, and toasted malts. Tastes of caramel, floral hops, some citrus, and lightly fruity. Nice bitter finish. Some lacing left on the glass. A very nice Amber Ale. slowrunner77 (12155) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"a little nutty and malty, with a slightly hoppy, slightly dry finish. enjoyable enough, but not something i’ll buy again. kinda boring in the grand scheme of things."
marcus (10346) - 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. bb (9525) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. Ruby-mahogony color with a beige head. Big caramel aroma with light hops. Rich malt flavors with caramel and chocolate. LIght citrus bitterness. Fuller bodied but easy enough to drink. Nice balance with malts showing nicely. 3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Failr good regular amber, the hops are there. Rich and solid bodied, flavors of light wood and some caramel/pine hops with a roasted nut quality. Thanks to beerguy101 for the bottle. blankboy (7714) - 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. HogTownHarry (7012) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2005 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Tupalev, bottle courtesy of GregClow. Poured clear reddish brown with a small quick-diminishing tan head. Light roast malt aroma, with interesting melange of resiny oil-based paint, mushrooms, hops, milk chocolate and peat. Flavour started with burnt toffee malt sweetness, faintly of chocolate, then an almost harsh hop bitterness muscled in - also musty damp wood, roasted pine nuts; not as sweet as I must make it sound, a wonderfully complex brew, quite a surprise. Mouthfeel is constantly shifting - hoppy/malty/chocolate back to hops, then caramel - it’s a decent bodied brew, but with all the flavour action it seems somehow it should be fuller-bodied. The reminded me of a youthful, lighter version of the aged Elizabethan (Harvest) Ale we sample a few months back, just not so syrupy-sweet and more hops (less alcohol too). Very nice - highly recommended.