maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2006
"Late harves" bottle. Gorgeous pumpkin-copper color with the brilliant clarity of stained glass. Small ecru head recedes to a lace-leaving film of foam. Aromas of candylike malt, German hops, lemon zest, marigolds, baked potato skin, toasted wood chips. Flavor is juicy and fruity...cranberry, green apple, grape... nutty, grainy. An impression of smoke appears intermitently. Finishes with a broad, roasty bitterness. Palate is not heavy, yet still rich and faintly oily. Cleanly bitter resiny hop and black coffee aftertaste. Very nice amber; I would also say it’s a far better bitter than the ESB. KellyL (7) - Wichita Falls, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2006 does not count
Bottle. Amber in color, off white head. NIce aroma reminds me of hazelnut. Taste starts off malty with a mild hop finish. Slightly warming mouthfeel. A nice mild autumn ale. molsonfan9000 (59) - geneva, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
good beer. amber color. faint smell of malts. finger thick head. taste is coffe or toffee ish. finish is mildly hopsy on the sides of tonge. mouthfeel is crisp with mild carbonation. Take a drink and rate the shit yourself, its a pretty good beer. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2007
A deep amber orange pour. Malt and spice on the nose. Malt flavor with a solid but subtle bitter. Semit sweet on the front. Mouthfeel is solid with good carbonation. A good beer not like most seasonals in that it is almost the plate of a good IPA without the hard bitter. I was surprised to find that it was an amber ale. Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2012 Bottles. 2007 and 2008 respectively. Clear amber with lots of fine suspended particulate, and quick fading light head. ’08 was a little redder, and had no particulate. Nose is floral and some caramel. Flavor is a bit astringent on both. The alcohol was more pronounced in the flavor of the ’08. Wasn’t all that impressed with either year.
2011 fresh bottle. MUCH better fresh. Clean balanced hop profile with good caramel undertones. Could have drank a sixpack of this no problem.
Reid (2673) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Slightly hazy dark copper ale, lovelly eggshell white head..kinda thick and chunky.
Aromas are mainlly slightly toasted malts.
The taste again is quite nicely toffee type maltiness, then semi sweet,earthy, a little hop near the end to balace the thing up..and i also get a touch of pleasing smoke at the back of the throat.
Good smooth palte.
Overall..I have to go against the grain and say this is a rather nice ,satisfying amber for the season. BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2005
This is a fundamental mix of pumpkin-spice flavors with an extremely healthy dose of malt (the latter of which is missing in many seasonal spiced brews). Aroma is subtle but tends more towards the malt than the pumpkin-spice. Deep orange, seasonal color with no bubbles -- but in the mouth the carbonation is slightly more noticeable. Really pretty good overall! 6re99 (19) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Smooth taste, not too hard.. much like an expensive brown finsh is very short.. b+ thegreenrooster (4626) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Pour is a amber with a fluffly white head. Aroma is a nice does of bready malts. Flavor is decent with caramel malts and a slight roastyness. I was expecting this to be pretty poor but i was pleasently suprised. Quite flavorful and crisp. mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 12 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful amber with a 1 finger foamy, white head that dissipated quickly into a thin layer over the top. Roasted malt nose with caramel and a hint of hops. Good flavor! Subtle hop presence along with some nutty tones to complement the malty. Crisp, abrupt finish. Quite a surprising brew!