RATINGS: 1183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Deep Amber red color, with a fragrant malt aroma. Flavorful notes of rich caramelized malt and noble hop flavors harmonize on the palate leading to a crisp clean finish. Named after one of Clevelands most respected safety directors, who frequented the brewpubs bar during his tenure from 1935-1941 and, according to popular legend, was responsible for the bullet holes still evident today.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Interesting beer. Has a sweet malty taste, with a little hops balance. Overall gives a thin, sweet impression. Not one of my favorites, but a smooth drink nonetheless. So far my favorite Great Lakes varieties are the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and the Dortmunder Gold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2003
This has a subtle malt aroma dominated by German hops. Glowing copper with a thin nougat colored head. The mouthfeel is fizzy and lacks complexity and balance. The finish was a sticky, stale bitter one. I'm wondering if maybe I got a bad bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Deep amber with a malty, caramel aroma with a definite sweetness. Hops present at end; very dry. Slightly stale sample, doesn't measure up to the other beers I've had from Great Lakes. Lots of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Pours a perfect amber color in my book. Thick beige head. Nice lacing.
Deep malty aromas, almost like there's some biscuit malt in there. Roasted malt is evident in the aroma too.
The noble hops (Saaz?) really shows through in the flavor. The caramelized malts sweetness balances out the nitter hop bite nicely.
Has a very smooth drinkablity. The touch of a lager. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2003
2/10/03: bottle. medium head when poured, lessening to a medium to small ring of carbonation. evident lacing. deep, sexy reddish- brown colour. sweet, malty nose. impressive palate. malty with some hops and subtle hints of floral. nice amount of carbonation left on my tongue. i’d love to find this one on tap. a good example of the reason for me falling in love with Amber back in the day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Nice overall taste and it very smooth. Lots of flavors with each sip. I look forward to trying some other Great Lakes beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 Brilliant. A deep orange amber color with a nice light tan head. Aroma is very malty along with the taste. Slight caramel that blends perfectly with the malt to give the impression you have just eaten a piece of bread right out of the oven. Along with Lakefronts Riverwest the best Vienna you can get in America.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyj80 (22) - USA - JAN 8, 2003
Good beer, but this really didnt stand out to me. The flavor is very good, but not anything groundbreaking. Definitely worth trying if you see it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
Extremely enjoyable Vienna Amber thats worth the search to find it on tap. I regular drink the Eliot Ness and Dortmunder Gold every time I visit Cleveland, but have yet to try either (or any other Great Lakes) brew straight from the bottle although they appear to be readily available citywide. Sadly, these brews are near impossible to find west of the Rockies. Pours deep red with a real beefy head. Nice blend of hops and malt providing both an enjoyable smell and even better taste. Enjoyable all the way round.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4942) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Bottled. Just a notch below the porter, this is very malty-sweet on the nose, spectacular-looking like the other 2 GL brews I tried, creamy, caramel and oaky on the tongue. Cant wait until this brewery is more available to me.

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