garthicus (2962) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 3, 2009
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Nice orange amber with a slight haze, small white head. Aroma: Sweet and malty, slightly floral and yeasty. Nice. Flavour: Floral, caramel and subtle fruitiness with slight pepper in the finish. Very enjoyable. Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3/2/09 From 22oz bottle. Aroma is almost all malt with sold roast, light caramel, very low sourness and only the lightest bit of earthy hop flora. Appearance is clear copper with a very well maintained off-white head. Flavor is dead on with the aroma, only the sweetness and roast are an even balance. Bittering is very low, and again just slight with earth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carb texture and light creaminess. Overall, an excellent example of the style that doesn’t incorporate the PNW hops that so often make the American examples a bastardization of the style. darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2009
smells like caramel apples. sugary smell like honey. pours cloudy brown/orange, nearly non-existent head. tastes very sweet (like honey and water), light on hops and a little fruity (can’t identify exact fruits). flavor starts strong, but drops off quickly. a tad boring. very carbonated. light and crisp mouthfeel. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a thin-moderate off-white head that lasted through two sips and left virtually no lace. Mild aroma of malt, apples, brown sugar and some faint citrus. The flavor is malt up front followed by an earthy flavor that reminded me of dead leaves in the Fall. There is also some unsweetened orange pekoe tea in the flavor. Dries out a bit towards the finish with some mild bitterness. Medium bodied. Probably not something I’d look to pick up again. Nebulor (109) - , California, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bready caramel malt aroma and a copper tan color with a minimal off white head. A breadt caramel malt taste with a hint of oak and tea. Medium to light bodied with a somewhat resony feel. Good for one anf then continue with something else.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a glowing dark gold/light amber with a one finger off-white head and spotty lacing. The nose is caramel malt and mild floral hops. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma… sweet malt with a very light hop finish. Medium fairly flat body. emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Poured an amber copper with a frothy light tan head. The nose was earthy, piney, on the English side, caramel malt. Flavor is erathy, corny, mildly piney and herbal on the hop end. BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
A- Pours a deep ruby red/tawny brown hue with slight transparency, head is white, soapy, and mostly diminishing, light lacing on the glass
S- Smooth and crisp aroma characterized by a blend of light caramel malts and floral hops, a touch of tea and oak in there too, underwhelming
T- Initial taste is roasted and caramel malts, but entirely too subtle compared to other ambers, followed by some light hops, nuts, and tea, the finish is slightly sweet and dry, no discernible alcohol presence
M- Light-bodied, thin and watery, not much texture going on at all
D- This is easy-to-drink at 5%abv, however there is nothing exciting or bold about the flavor; this definitely tastes more like a brown than an amber ale due to the watery mouthfeel and thinned out caramel malts, the Reserve was markedly better and I will not pick up this version again in the future. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2009
bottle from my cousin Sam. Amber pour. Nose is full of malt, fruits and nuts. Flavor has some caramel, hops and a slight nutiness. Ok for a pretty mundane style. Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Pours hazy amber. Flavor is all caramel malts ending on a slightly dry note. Notes of fig and pears in there. Not much hops - but some tannins from the barrel aging show up.