JohnnyZ (90) - Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Finally had some. Pricey 6 pack cause IL is not friendly to brewers. Delicious and a drinkable favorite. Hop character and malt is balanced smoothly. I give it a good review. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2008
On tap at the empty bottle, thanks to johnnycorkscrew for spotting me. Dark amber with fluffy, creamy biege head. Aroma is very nice hops with a lot of citrus hops, biscuit, some yeast. Flavor is a well balanced but nonetheless hop forward amber with caramel and biscuit malt coming out over this very nice beer. Medium bodied and creamy. This is very nice, now I have to try it out of the bottle. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Pours a deep orange brown "amber" in color. Nice fluffy orange brown head. Aroma is very sweet and nutty with some fruity malt aroma. Flavor starts with the fruity, kind of spicy notes. Very bready in the finish. Some sweet notes linger but all around a very smooth beer. 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Pours a murky orange brown with a large creamy beige froth. Buttery toasty aroma with a touch of hops. Sweet toasty biscuit malts, some pepper and some bitter. Might be a bit of citrus in there also. I would almost call this an ESB if it weren’t so sugary. Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2008
12oz bottle(batch 8388)-A hazy orangish amber body with a huge white head. An aroma of citrus, bread, yeast, and malt. Taste is of citrus, malt, hops, and a little caramel. A little hoppy for an amber but very tasty and drinkable.
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2008
12 oz bottle. pours more arange than amber with light off-white head. Aroma is citrus, bready malts and a touch of hops.Flavor is citrusy with malts,a touch of hops and some caramel notes. Nice session ale and hell of a deal at $5.99 a sixer at Binny’s in Orland Park. 49markan097 (9) - USA - MAY 11, 2008 does not count
From bottle, poured a vanilla colored head that was a deep amber. Opaque with yeast. Rich floral aroma. Taste smooth and toasty. Minimal bitter finish that was short and not overpowering. Thank you Mr. Larry Bell from Chi-town!!! heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Thanks for sharing a bottle, iowaherkeye. The body was hazy dark orange amber. The aroma was bready with some sweat adn pears. The taste was weird bread crust with some walnuts. Are their any hops in this thing? iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Batch 8388, bottled March 21, 2008. Clear amber copper with small yellowish white head, low retention. Golden brown toasted biscuits with a touch of sweet caramel. Dunno where the hops are. Flavor is much the same up until 1/2 way through and then bitterness appears and follows through to the finish. Dry finish with bitterness peaking at a 3-4. Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. An OK amber--pretty darn similar to Bells Amber. Skyview (6076) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2008
Sampled from 12-oz bottle at Dark Lord Days 2008, and shared by a non-RB’ian in line. Pours a semi-clear amber brown brew with an average off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and thin white ring. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, some earthy herbs/spice, a touch of multi-grain biscuits and some flowery hops. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of roasted caramel malt, a touch of white pepper and some sweet and flowery hops. Finish is slightly metallic with a roasted caramel and mild bitter aftertaste that quickly disappears.