CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2012
12 oz. bottle from QFC. Has a lovely, vibrant amber color. The head is relatively fluffy, and staying so. Quite the fruity hop aroma! Touches of caramel malt are hitting my nostrils. The taste of caramel malt is covering my mouth, and it’s pretty good. Fruit flavor backs this all up. Not very bitter, but there is a tinge of bitterness in the background. A little on the dry side, but a very solid amber, indeed.. ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2012
16 ounce pint - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Appearance: Served up a clear, reddish-amber body with a slim, near white head. Light lacing on the descent.
Smell: Steely resins, crystal malts, some modest notes of toasted bread and grains given a good shake, a good toss with an additional hint of fruit and alcohol.
Taste: Amply sweet crystal maltiness with some toast, some graininess, and a hint of light-colored brown sugar. Moderate sweetness overall. Resiny hops, some pithy-accented citrus and fair degree of bitterness. Tiny flourish of berry. Finishes bittersweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess within.
Overall: Reminded me a bit like a long-lost, equally illegitimate second cousin to Stone’s Arrogant Bastard.
12 oz bottle: Straight out of the bottle at a party. Aroma is mellow but has some nice malty and a small amount of seasonal spice to it. Taste is smooth and malty, kind of like a spicy oktoberfest. Easy to drink and not too spicy, good offering. sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2012
On draft at Lyon’s Pub in Minneapolis. Pours a deep, amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, cereal. Medium on the palate with smooth carbonation. Flavor is sweet, bready, cereal malty, with a light hop finish. A decent amber ale. Livid (49) - - JAN 17, 2012
12oz. bottle. Pours a clear copper red, off-white head, good lacing. Floral hop aroma - pine, grass, little bit of citrus. Medium body with a hop-heavy flavor, slight malt sweetness, but primarily pine and citrus with a faint sweetness at the finish. Though I prefer big brother Brrrbon, this is a nice seasonal winter IPA.
Chudwick (3439) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2012
12oz bottle - pours amber with beige head and limited lacing. Nose is pine. Aroma is the same, but the sweetness in taste leads to me to think there are base malts. Good balance in the taste, but the hoppy bitterness wins out. Medium body and thin texture. A winter hoppy fusion. Not bad. nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2012
12oz bottle split. Ruby amber-brown, filtered. Thin, oily head. Interesting candied amber malt aroma. This is a pretty solid Amber, in my opinion. Medium bodied, quite well balanced. Mild hoppiness and a toasty amber-vanilla thing going on. Incorporates the alcohol quite well. Really solid Winter Ale, well executed. improvjock (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours a medium brown with light off-white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel malts. Flavor is of sweet malts and piny hops. One of the best ambers I’ve had in awhile. halfonit (1412) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2012
This has a nice reddish amber color with a thick white head. Aroma is of malts, hops, rye, some leaves and perhaps a little nutmeg. Flavor is of malts, caramel, hops, rye, toffee, and ever so slight nutmeg. Leaves a big hop/rye finish. nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2011
The aroma is very nice with caramel malt with both astringent and citrusy. There is also some cardboard. The appearance is amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a decent beer but nothing more.