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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Our flagship amber ale is brewed with English malt, hops and yeast. The extra malt lends a lightly toasted, chocolate flavor, a tawny color, and a smooth, rich character; it's perfect for sipping one or enjoying many.

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2.3
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Bottle from Marcus. Clear amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is sweet with lots of caramel, toffee and tea, some citrus in the back. The flavor is all tea and astringent caramel. Medium/light body is thin and lifeless.

3.4
mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottled. Pours a dark amber color with quite a bit of sediment floating about. Aroma is malty with some caramel, some hops are present as well. Mildly hoppy right up front. Fairly hoppy for an amber with the right amount of maltiness for balance.

3.7
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) While not as good as their basic IPA, which is outstanding, the amber proves to be another solid, very flavorful and enjoyable beer from Drake’s. It has a strong, dominant maltiness that’s a bit roasty, caramely, moderately sweet, quite earthy and woody. Overall, I get a bit of "Old Ale" type of maltiness. I can’t distinctly detect the hops, but there is a mild bitterness to this beer, though that may be partially a result of the lightly roasty malt too. Earthy maltiness dominates the nose. Medium to full body provides for a substantial, round mouthfeel. Dark amber in color, and slightly hazy, but the light tan head is on the small side, facing to a rim after awhile. Lace is almost non-existant. Yet another winner in Drake’s lineup.

3.5
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
12oz bottle from Bevmo Carmel mountain. A great amber! Deep amber in color, clear body. Aroma’s of roasted toffee, milk chocolate and some molasses. On the pallet it was very creamy with some hop notes. Finish was slightly sweet.

3.6
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2006
12 oz. bottle via trade with IrishBoy - Pours a deep amber/reddish color with an average size off white head. Light lacing. Has a toasted malt aroma. Flavor is also a toasted malt with some residual sweetness. Medium body. A very nice Amber. Thanks Richard.

3.3
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
12oz bottle. Rating #112. Hazy dark amber pour with a huge tan head. Light sweetness and some caramel. Smooth, more caramel sweetness with a touch of toast. Not bad. (2072)

3.3
ABUSEDGOAT (2760) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Hazy darker amber, moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is English style, cool. Caramel, wood, with fruity hops, higher level of alcohol than usual. Sweet aroma, medium to light body and finishes slightly sweet as well. Some alcohol in the finish though. A cool take on the style, but I would have preferred a cleaner (no alcohol) finish with more hop flavor.

3.7
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
12oz bottle courtesy of IrishBoy. Pours a clear copper orange with a one finger light yellowish head. Aroma of some toasted cereal grain, caramel malts, some citrus hops. There is also some light nuts and lighter yeast. Much more nutty and toasty in the taste with some biscuity malts emerging towards the finish. Mild bitterness at most in the middle. Soft moderate carbonation with a medium body. Ambers usually bore me, but this one’s all right. I could drink a few of these in a row without being bored.

3
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2007
Bottle. Reddish amber colour with a little white head. Sweet malty aroma with notes of caramel and some toffee. Flavour of malt and caramel, that ends up little bitter and with notes of hops, chocolate and fruity, very nice and lightful.

3.4
Dorwart (2590) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Thin head of fine bubbles. Good carbonation though. Sweet caramel aroma with some dark fruit and molasses. Looks and smells like a nice english barleywine. Color is a murky mahagony brown. Sweet flavor with lots of roasted grains and plenty of malt for body. Pretty thick and chewey. Some earthy and peaty notes in there also. You up the alcohol content on this brew and you have yourself a decent barleywine. More raisins and prunes. Finishes oily and roasty with more lingering earthy notes. Very surprised with this brew. Plesantly surprised.


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