StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2006
Pretty pour to a translucent amber-rose color, with a big tan ice sheaf on top and a creamy doily rung around the edges. Aroma promises with sweet maple dinner rolls, gentle grass, cherry toffee chews, brown sugar, cinnamon coffee cake and a touch of red hot licorice. Somewhat shearing acidity strikes the flavor chords with a curt caramel vibe. Aluminum steel twang with a wholesome whole wheat meets sourdough complex. Bran flakes and a lick of hickory twigs stored in wet, rusty herbicide tins. Harsh palate opposition, effervescent and twanging at the back. When I think of balance, I think of something’s that just not right - maybe it’s the ill-advised alpha acid hop breach and the over boiled caramel malt. Finish winds down to whole wheat bread covering milky toffee chews and piney brazil nuts. Uninspiring. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours amber with white head. Faint aroma of cascade hops and malt. Flavor has some toastiness , along with a flavor of carmelized sugar and fruity hops. Nice spicy bitter finish. This is a very solid amber. One better beers from Highland. Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2006
splotchy lacing. off-white creamy head. deep, ruddy color. high carbonation. smells sweet and fruity, like oranges. tastes of orange, light hops and lemon. Has a "far away" aftertaste. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Not a big fan of amber ales and this did little to change that. Hazy copper/amber color with a thick white head. Sweet nose, some pine, caramel, straw. Some creaminess in the mouth, medium body. The flavor was rather unimpressive. Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Light to medium red color with a thin tan head. Heavy hoppy aroma. Light yet robust taste with light to medium hop sweetness.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Low intensity aroma is grassy and slightly smoky. Rich amber in color with an attractive thumb thick off-white head. Toasty malts in the fore, very creamy mouthfeel for this style, something almost spicy in the finish. Smooth caramel malt backbone throughout the entire range. Has a great overall feel to it...a heft if you will. Very freaking nicely done amber ale-a style you don’t see much innovation in. Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2006
From the tap, pours a dark amber with a light white head on the edge. Smells malty and fruity, some hops. Tastes of malts and light hops, lightly bitter at the end. ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2006
On tap in Knoxville Mellow Mushroom: Great reddish amber color. thick creamy tan head. good lacing. floral hop aroma. full mouthfeel with great bitterness. It was very nice. TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pours deep amber with frothy tan head. Nose is malty with a subtle smokiness and hop notes. Flavor is dry and malty, a faint hop btterness follows it up. Good, but a little drab. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Poured a rich amber with low to medium head. Aroma hard for me to tell it seemed to me like most beers I’ve tried it smelled alot like it tasted. Toasted not burnt malt taste that was smooth. Hops that I enjoyed not hardly as much bite as I like but really good. A beer I could drink regular @ 5.8 I wish it was available in Tenn.