vyvvy (6481) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2010
While amber ales aren’t my favorite, Charleville has definitely made improvement to what this used to be, so I’m glad I held off on my rating until now. Pours dark amber / copper with a small beige head that leaves quickly. The aroma has lots of nutty toasty malt, light dough and a hint of hops. Medium / light body that’s a bit rough and has moderate sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with clean toasty amber ale malt, hazelnuts, some spice and is a bit drier than most ambers. The finish has a hoppy spice bite and is crisp. Not my favorite style, but this is good for what it is. theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - SEP 22, 2010
22 oz bottle purchased at The Wine and Cheese Place in St Louis, Missouri. Pour is a slightly hazed darker amber golden with a one inch off white head that is fully formed, and falls slow with pretty lacing. Aroma is fresh and clean malt - mild nuttiness, along with baking chocolate and a citrus in the back. Taste is the malt up front, full and nutty, sweet and finally a touch of citrus. Nice balance and blend of flavors, though nothing terribly complex (which made it smooth and drinkable). Palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation and a sweeter lingering finish. Unfiltered for certain. Nice amber. JoeinDahlem (1521) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 7, 2010
Pretty darkish amber color with lots of body evident. Very much on the caramel-malty end of the spectrum. Lightly sweet with the impression of more. Not exactly refreshing but chewy and tasty enough. Not so useful if you’re thirsty but probably nice with all sorts of food. phaleslu (10274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Draft at Enigma in St. Louis. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small off-white head. Notes of caramel malts, earthy hops, nuts, overripe fruit, grass, and mild spices. Light-medium bodied, with mild carbonation and a light malt mouthfeel. Decent, sessionable amber ale. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
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wwwdottom (47) - Breese, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Name: Toronado Alley Amber
Date: February 20, 2010
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, light chocolate, touch of breadyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, caramel sweetness, touch of tartness, vegitable
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 2/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 4/20
Score: * /4
22 oz bomber - pours a dark though fairly copper - nice hop aroma for an amber ale - goes down smooth and dry with light carbonation - good amber ale ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Appearance: Pours out a well-hazed, dark amber body with a thin, whitish head.
Smell: Modestly malty notes of toasty bread crusts, caramel, and cocoa. Some scant herbal, earthy accents as well as a noteworthy background tart scent.
Taste: Initial malty taste of toasted bread with lightly sweet hints of caramel and cocoa. Curious tartness creeps into the taste. Lightly herbal, citrusy hop character and bitterness. Drying finish with that slight tartness enduring into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: That’s it? Well, it’s definitely not the best amber ale to be had out there by any means. OzarkElmo (319) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2009
On tap in tasting room at winery/brewery. Medium clear amber with moderate head, mostly diminishing. Mild aroma of medium-roasted malt, caramel - light on the hop side, which was expected. Overall a well-balanced amber ale with good, somewhat crisp and dry finish. A good beer IMO - cheers! Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
22oz bottle 12/2/08 (Wine and Cheese Place-St.Louis)-Pours a medium amber with a small ring for a head. Aroma of malt. Taste of roasted malt and chocolate. This medium bodied brew was not bad but had a bit of a funny taste. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 5, 2009
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear orange body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, toasted bread, and grain. Flavor of caramel, light cocoa, roasted malt, and nuts.