ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Bottle from Liquor Depot. Probably the most interesting amber I have ever had as it smells and tastes like a barleywine. Same tart hops, same nasty fruit undertone. I pegged it at 6 or 6.5% so that is also surprising. Not for everyone, but a very interesting specemin. jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle, Pours an amber color with a light head, decent malts some chocolate and light touch of roast, some hops, a nice easy drinker but nothing extraordinary. bhensonb (15235) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bottle from D&J Liquor in St. Louis, MO. Reddish amber color with a decent beige head. Rather malty aroma. Roasted malt. Medium body with smooth carbonation. Flavor seems to be nutty chocolate. It’s hoppy, but the flavors sort of make the hop indecipherable. Finish is really like chocolate. With something else. Cinnamon? A very interesting and tasty ale. They certainly didn’t skimp on the ingredients. Daughter says it reminds of Mexican hot chocolate! And apple cider. How is this not seriously underrated? dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a darker brownish red. It has a decent head. This is not like an amber ale. This had hints of roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate. It had a smooth dry finish. Decent beer PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours ruby brown. Aroma roasts and nuts. Taste was malt, some roast, nutty, a little dusty on the finish. Piney hops. Quaffable, nothing spectacular.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2008
12 oz bottle purchased at Frugal MacDoogal’s in Nashville. Poured a clear ruby color with two fingers of head. The aroma was caramel and nuts primarily, but some ripe fruits at the end. Medium body with average carbonation. Flavor was nutty with some piney hops. This beer was better than I had hoped. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2008
12 oz. bottle via Lubiere, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. July 2008thefederalist (311) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - AUG 10, 2008
App.: Clear ruby amber, fair off-white foam.
Aroma: Some nice caramel and nuts, decent earthy, slightly piney, leafy hops, an odd peppery-leafy-vegetal note, musty, a bit tangy-fruity.
Palate: Medium-ish body, sparse carbonation.
Flav.: Musty, dusty, earthy hops, only a touch of malt, some nuts, something of an odd funky note; dry with some bitterness, a touch of nuttiness to finish.
Has a very British character which doesn’t do much for me.
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small lasting head. Aroma is distinctly of roasted barley. Flavor is moderately bitter, slightly salty. More roasted barley in the aftertaste. This is not a bad beer. It was fermented well, but it doesn’t really fit into a style category for me. It is amber in color, but ambers, IMO should be colored with caramel malts and not roasted barley. In other words, this is a watered down stout. thornecb (5918) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Pours brown into a shaker. Tan head with minimal retention recedes to skim surface. Caramel aromas. NIce full malt with a slight hop finish. puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2008
A very dark amber to brown color. It has a nutmeg and caramel aroma to it. The flavor reminds me more of a brown ale than an amber. Somewhat sour with nutmeg and grapes present. This is a pretty good session beer.