bboven (103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
As with all beautiful things, this was a fleeting beer. Definetly one too remember and cherish. ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 2005 bottle from SuIIy sampled on 10/27/2005. Pours a nice and unfiltered amber-beige with some deeper coppery-red hues and with minute bubbles rising. The small, but tight off-white head is very well retained and provides for ample lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted grains, sweet caramel and dough, hints of floral hops and some orange fruits (nectarines, cantaloupe, apricots). Flavor and mouthfeel are the real show here, though. The mouthfeel almost overwhelms my senses. Itís a juicy, creamy, tight yet expanding texture, smooth and fluid. Hard to describe but just so fresh and wonderful feeling as it goes down. The flavor is ample caramel malt, with toasted grains, light bread and some more light fruitiness. Hops stay out of the way, for the most part, imparting a slight dryness and touch of floral flavor. Sugar cookies, fuzzy peaches and nectarines and light toffee gently grace the palate as the beer finishes. Low carbonation. Just a spectacular example of the style. Nice and full in the mouth. I think thatís one of my favorite things about a good beer; a substantial, thick mouthfeel. While weíre not talking imperial stout thick here, itís definitely one of the best mouthfeels on an amber Iíve had, and it dosent achieve this through huge amounts of cloying sugary malt. Such balance. . . . . . . tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Cloudy dirty orange in color with a small head. Medium body with a well balanced malt / hop ratio. Clean refreshing taste, has an initial sweet caramel malty flavor with a hop bitterness at the end. This is a great summertime brew, one of my new favorites, this is at the top of my list for ales. Tastes great with pepperoni pizza. JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Nice looking pour. Dark murky amber, just like apple cider, with a nice layer of thick frothy tan head. Gotta love bottle conditioning. Aroma is toasty, with caramel malts and herbal hops in the background. Mellow taste. Toasty again, with a nice caramel malt note. Lightly bitter hops round out the finish. Medium bodied, and very smooth going down. Yum yum. Could be a nice nitecap brew, or go the distance for a nice session or two. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 Pours a cloudy orange/amber whue with a frothy white/yellow head. Aromas of light pine, a little cereal, some more herbal-ness as an ipa, and some apple. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a very very light bitterness.... probably less than 20 ibuís. Flavors of, again, pine.....some peaches, a little smokiness, not with a leathery finish, but as in a little age. wow.....this is amazing. ..... most amberís bore to the point of mediocrity....this blows everything away... The creaminess of the mouth feel, along with the light delicate flavors, yet so there, make this an incredible brew. Itís not an oak aged 12 % percent brew, aged in your mothers trousers that havenít been changed in 2 weeks, but it is a perfect session ale.....probably the best that I have tasted yet.
DocLock (10652) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2006
Huge props to OhioDad for this bottle in a trade. Pours turbid dark coppery (crayola orange through direct light) with 1-finger white head. The aroma is heavy corn flakey roasty malt, citric and fruity, with some nuts and toffee, and a little bit of sour fruit. The taste is roasty toasty Wheaties dipped in honey, topped with pears, mangoes, honeydew, and walnuts, then given a small immersion in cacao powder. The palate is very smooth, on the dense side, and complex. I get more toffeeish nuttiness and more roasty Wheaties as it warms, plus some more tropical fruitiness, with massive complexity due to the non-filtration. This one is great. In fact, as far as Iím concerned, it might be the best damned amber ale Iíve ever quaffed. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Hazed amber appearance, beneath an adequate layer of fuzzy froth.
Dense and sweet fruit in the nose, plenty of noisy hops, as well, but mostly a malty thing. An amped-up amber is in the offing.
Big entry onto the palate, a thick, swaggering brew that lands wherever it likes. Sweet and delicious. Good, sturdy, full bodied, with a hoppy buzz thatís always hovering below the dominant malt factions. Very warm and friendly. Yum. Iím liking it...
Thereís only one bottle at my disposal as we speak, but Iíll pick up more, for sure, as this is a brew thatís so tasty, Iíll not want to stop at one bottle in a session. This is tasty stuff, and an excellent way to celebrate two decades of Kalamazoo brews!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Pours a cloudy amber with a nice head. Fruity aroma with tinges of noble hops. Sweet and malty, caramelly like sticky buns, with a light balance of hops so it isnít too sweet. Crisp and bubbly. Enjoyable. Thanks to Brad! temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Bottled, Batch 7040. Pours a hazy orange color. Aroma is fairly mild, some subtle grassy hops with more caramel malts and some fleshy fruits. Flavor is quite good, lightly toasted malts, caramel, minor hop bitterness and, itís just really tasty. Somewhat dry finish, great balance. I donít want to sound like Iím mimicing the last review, ClarkVV, but we are much in agreement on this beer. I think, and I may be wrong, the fact that this is a 20th Anniv beer, is what is keeping this down in the lower 3ís. People are expecting a huge barley wine or imperial stout and I think may be rating it harsher for that reason. Itís good. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - DEC 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 nice cloudy red tan pour with a good nicotine stained head. sweet aroma with some caramel and apple and a bit of lemon. nice flavor that is well balanced. a bit of lemon creme pie happening here. great sweet flavor. the bitter is nice at the end and lingers just a bit. some orange notes in this too. i love a good amber, this is a good amber. thanks santa.