SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 7, 2009
12oz bottle. Dark copper with a lasting off-white head. Light grassy hops, light alcohol and some toasty malt in the aroma. Pretty balanced between lightly toasty and caramel malt and lightly bitter hops. A bit thin in the mouth with prickly carbonation. Definitely the best of the Kirkland pack, but still not great. SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Clear deep amber color pour with a nice lasting and lacing head. Lots of roasted malt in the aroma, along with some light fruit and hops. Flavor is mostly malt, with a surprising amount of citrus hops on the finish. Not bad at all. rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2017 Nothing overly wrong with this beer just not very exciting. Darkish amber, slight minerally taste and smell. Slightly thin. Mild flavor. Serving: Bottle markas101 (2499) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2013
33 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada. Light mahogany colour. Metallic soapy aroma. Sweet caramel flavour, herbal hops with a slight breadiness. Finishes with a mint hoppiness. StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a small off-white head that has fair retention. The aroma is sweet grains, caramel and a bit of bubble gum. The flavor is front-loaded with caramel followed by piney hops and a bit more bubble gum. The palate was just a bit thinner than I preferred and the carbonation was lively. Finished short and dry. Overall: Better than BMC, but that is scant praise.
arkurzynski (2463) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Copper-amber in color. Sweet caramel malts and fruitiness. Borderline juice. Taste is bland and dry. Plenty of carbonation and average palate. illidurit (2458) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Clear light amber color with an ecru head and a little lace. Aroma is toasted wheat bread with some nuttiness and diacetyl. Flavor is not much different except for vague notes of caramel, iced tea, and metal. Thin and watery mouthfeel, drinkable but not very good. Not exactly a big surprise. SDalkoholic (2424) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle from Costco: Poured a dark amber hue with a delicate layer of frothy head. The aroma is sweet with syrupy caramel like malts but at the same time smells watered down. The flavor is somewhat toasty and has a minor taste of caramel and other assorted malts. I’m not a big fan of amber ales to begin with but this is just boring and nothing special. VertBaconStrips (2402) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - SEP 2, 2015
fossil review dying on my notes on the phone. Pretty sure Brad brought these. Or not. Very malty, dull bitterness, medium caramel, for whatever reason it’s a disappoint beer to follow up a St. B ABT12 on tap. Average boring beer with no issues. Smells: see above. I’m hot and forgot to get to it. Realistically none of this matters cuz it’s a Costco beer. redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Caramelly malts on the nose mild hints of spicy hops. Pours a clear amber. Caramelly malts, hints of toffee, bready, drinkable.