Onslow (1495) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. medium amber brew with 2 fingers of off white head, very frothy an persistent. Light aroma of malts and floral hops, hints of toasted malt. Taste is great - modest malitness at the start mellowing into a very earthy, wood chip, dry finish. It is earthy in a great way - doesn’t taste like dirt, but really unique. don’t have high expectations for most ambers or browns, but this one really delivers. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Lightly sweet caramel malt with light bitterness to finish. Smooth, lightly fruity, and sessionable. But, ultimately quite bland. shrubber85 (11390) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Bottle. Cherry, caramel malt, and grass aroma. Dark amber color with small head. Lightly sweet caramel malt and moderately bitter grass/quinine hops. Nothing much here. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle from Cavie. Red pour with an off-white head. Aroma is nuts, spice, and dark malts. Taste is musty, veggies, and roasted nuts. Zane_Hilton (11) - USA - AUG 7, 2010
citrus, bitter, lively, full body, spruce, very bitter, medium sourness, light sweetness,
It’s not bad for a domestic ale. I would certainly pick it over bud, coors, or miller, but I’d take a nice micro brew lager above it any day...even in the winter.
Cavie (4717) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Bottle from Sprinkle. Clear heavy red-orange color. Bubbly head. Aroma is caramelly sweet with peet moss. Flavor is dry and caramelly bitter. Finish is bready and dry. TheWife (20) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
While in Indiana visiting family, I had a bottle of this. It pours a clear reddish brown with a medium head. There is a strong after taste. MeadMe (1661) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2010
A: Pours a nice dark amber with a tall tan head. Okay retention with some lace.
S: Aromas of sweet caramel malt, and doughy bread.
T: Candy malt sweetness for sure. The bread is there with notes of sweet fruit and a dash of citrus.
M Medium in body
D: Okay brew Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2010
12 oz bottle
bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
A pick up from a recent run to Kentucky/Indiana I grabbed several different releases from Oaken Barrel. I hope they are all as well thought out as this amber. It blew away my expectations in almost every way and it would be very tempting to buy a sixer if I were ever back in the area. Don’t pass on it for being "just another light beer".
Aroma / Appearance - The short lived beige head collapses into a carbonated blood red body. Vibrant orange edges glow brightly in the sunlight. The nose is a mix of stale sawdust and chocolate dipped cherry bites. The oaky hops give this a nice presence without overwhelming the eager nose.
Flavor / Palate - Wood chips, melted cheap waxy chocolate, and noble hops ground this as a solid sessionable beer. The hops definitely make themselves known but do not dominate. I could easily have finished two or three of these while kicking back. Oaken Barrel seems to be a brewery worth keeping an eye on.
12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a red/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. It smells mostly like caramel malt, along with some pine hops and a nutty aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, piney hops and a bit of a fruity taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it’s easy to drink and enjoyable. It wouldn’t be hard to drink a few of these at a time. I think this is a good overall brew, I’d pick it up again in the future. It’s definitely worth a try if you come across it.