mintzmeet (457) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Deep malty aromas. Delicious but simple malt with oaken flavors. Lightly roasted with some subtle hoppy undertones. Cory (372) - , California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle. Aroma of dried apricot and molasses, dark amber color, light crisp and short sweet/savory taste. Lingering brown rice finish. Solid beer that’s complex enough to be respected and light enough to be pint worthy. slowrunner77 (12162) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"typical or slightly darker thn avg for the style. fresher and better balanced than others, with a lean towards the malty side. some nuts & toffee in the aroma, toasted malt flavor. "
rouhlas (3628) - GREECE - FEB 24, 2017
From tap at Drake’s Dealership, Oakland. Clear amber color with small light beige head. Malty and light hoppy aroma, caramel, bread, grassy. sweet and bitter taste. Light to medium oily body with soft carbonation. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Deep tea-brown, with average, concentrically-arrayed head forming in glass. Aroma is hazelnuts, dark bread (pumpernickel) and charred coffee along with a general undertone of sticky malt. Tastes initially slightly sweet, then a big sweet slice of fresh baked bread dunked in some slightly overroasted coffee. Finishes a bit too clean really. Little hops character, but it’s to be expected for the style. Well done, but not as distinctive as other Drake’s beers I’ve had.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Clear amber pour with nice orange and yellow outlying hues. Thin but sturdy cream colored head, easily roused up. Looks quite oily on top, looks very tasty. Pleasant malty aroma. Light hops present do not deride from a soft and sweet bready malt approach. Light to medium intensity notes of cinnamon, leather and a smack of potpourri round out what seems to be a well constructed aroma. Flavor has signifigant hop bitterness. Somewhat spicy malts and perhaps an inadvertant spice level; tastes Autumnal. Toffee readily discernable keeps this from spinning wildly out of control and ties in nicely with the malt. Finishes moderately dry, light, with an accentuation on the malt backbone that keeps this quaffable, despite bold shortcomings in the flavor. Palate is unorganized, light-to-medium in body, syrupy, static. Quite a nice amber until mid-mouthfeel. I would like to revisit this. pinkzambia (1933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Bottle: Clear amber color with a small off-white head. Roasted malt aroma of light chocolate and mellow coffee notes. The flavor is iced coffee with a bit of sweetener, but the kind where you can taste the grounds. It makes this a not too sweet amber ale and closer to a porter. Not bad. Thanks Jordan. Ratman197 (14978) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2007
On tap @ Drakes poured a clear dark amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel and light fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, bread and light fruitiness with a crisp lightly bitter finish. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Slightly floral, citrus nose, a little lemon. Hops in the flavor are prevalent but there is a decent chocolatiness that is pretty nice. A little hard to put down, but a well balanced beer. BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Bottle courtesy of the very generous aspidites! Thanks Mike! Poured a nice amber color with a beautiful creamy head. Smelled like malts and apples. Taste was sweet malts, citrus, and caramel. I enjoyed this one. Very drinkable.