Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Has Dry Stout-like characteristics, but far far more rich and slightly sweet and hearty than other examples of that style I have had (I should mention I’m not a big Dry Stout fan). A deliciously oaky, malty, slightly sweet...ummm...stout. Interacts strangely with various foods. I made the mistake of having my second sample after some Swiss cheese, and I got the funkiest chemical interactions on my tongue I’ve had in a really long time. Bizarre. But my second favorite beer from a great small brewery. ANd I liked calling them on the phone and getting the home number of the brewers. That was cool, and I was nervous! Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2003
This beer has a deep-copper color. The big aroma and flavor are hop-dominated but not by much. Ends with a fairly dry finish. Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Mmmm, nice, thick beer.
The beer is not filtered so it has a nice thick look/taste/mouthfeel. The scent and taste is malty, but with enough hops to keep it from tasting too sweet. The bottle states that they use seven different malts and three hop varieties which explains the complexities of the taste. This is a great beer.
This is my second bottle from this brewery and it won't be my last. God I love living in the PNW. AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2003
This poured a murky amber / brown, with a light tan head that diminished quickly. Slight alcohol aroma in the nose, mostly overshadowed by the malt aroma. Malty, sweet, with a slight alcohol flavor....not sure of the ABV, but i would imagine 7%? Actually rather smooth palate, and a nice overall brew. Seems much closer to a English Strong Ale to me, much heavier than a normal amber. Probably hard to find outside Oregon, but worth a try. TChrome (1472) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2003
If this is amber ale, it is the best I have ever had. Aroma is nice, primarily malt with a little caramel. Appearance is a strong point. Beer pour nice amber color with fully retained off white head and lots of lacing. Flavor is where things really start popping. Flavor is initially sweetly malty, the finish is has a light hoppy bitterness to it. Palate is fully perfect. Good stuff.
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
(22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with derekarent, thanks Derek!) Pouring the beer, I’m hit with the strong aroma that immediately snaps me to attention and heightens my anticipation. The inviting nose is malty and very earthy, with the wonderfully pungent aroma of dried mushrooms soaked in soy sauce. Everything in the nose also comes out very clearly in the flavor. And this beer has a lot of flavor too. Robust earthy, mushroomy maltiness dominates this beer, and it’s moderately sweet, but that is countered by a fair amount of sourness throughout, which along with a moderate bitterness, becomes quite assertive in the finish. But this is a good sourness, adding complexity to a fine beer, and lending a feel of barrel aging. Full bodied and fairly rich on the palate, but not sticky. Deep brown in color, dark enough that it shows only a bit of translucence when held up to a light, at which time, the cloudiness of the beer becomes apparent. Tan head pours on the small side and fades away to just a thin rim with a few random wisps scattered about. This is great stuff, and I hope to get more of this in future trades. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany color and just lightly opaque. Very modest whitish head forms and fades out to a slight broken layer over the center and a fair ring around the edge. Minimal lacing. Aroma is richly malty with a very healthy dose of "C" hop citrus nose. Full bodied, moderately viscous. Flavors of rich malt and a citric/piney hop presence blend nicely with a lingering hop presence at the finish. Quite well done. 3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2006
22oz bottle. Cloudy dark rusty tea colored body witha very small head. Semi-sweet grassy hop cones, rich marachino cherries and a strong whiff of cedar wood round out the nose on this brew. Moderately thick, and fizzy as well. Some bubble-gun sugars and more cherries and cedar flavors. Palate is significantly dry and rough, and the finish is sour grapefruit and cedar wood. The yeast has a bit of a funk, something I didn’t like in their other beers, especially their imperial porter, but in this beer it’s more interesting and blends better with the barley wine-like flavors. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Pours a rich milk chocolate brown with a thick frothy light tan head. Soft bready chocolate chip cookie dough aroma mixed with caramel toffee and roasted malt, well balanced with a moderate hop presence. Body is rich and robust with a nice roasty sweetness and dry finish. Good complexity and fullness. A very nice winter warmer. Thanks TChrome! GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2004
tight chocolate brown head topping a somewhat fuzzy reddish body. Dry grainy, chocolate, lightly roasted, toast and some noticeable alcohol. Caramel, ripe fruits, musty malty with some undertones of cobwebs and cream. reminds me faintly of a sammy smith taddy porter. chocolatey and smooth, a distinctive yeast character. sticky and roastey chocolate finish in a full bodied, smooth presentation. a SOLID beer!