jtclockwork (16955) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle thanks to GCurlow. Pours reddish brown. Nose of caramel malt, hops, resin and bread. Taste of same with some cherry and dark fruit. Medium body. Short finish. Onslow (1513) - 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 (11508) - 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 (4760) - 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 (1672) - 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 (3710) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2010
12 oz bottle
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.