hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper orange color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toasted malts, and on the grainy side. Tastes of caramel and toasted malts. Thinner body. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: William Brennan’s Dark AmberDrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Source: Tasting, Ticker Tasting
clear amber, fine off white head, bits of lace,
sweet candy caramel aroma,
rich caramel flavor, touch of sweetness is balanced by earthy hops,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
12oz bottle, picked up from Brennan’s in Madison during my stay for GTMW. I didn’t realize while I was there that this may be a house brand... My bottle is labeled "Special Amber", otherwise it looks the same as the one pictured. Clear orange color. Thin off-white head. Leaves a few decent ropes of lace, but it’s mostly loose. Flavor of what you’d expect from an amber lager (even though I was going into this thinking it’d be an amber ale). Caramel malt, some dark fruit. Bit of spiciness. Light bit of brighter fruity hints, maybe hop? Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter, a bit of a rough bite to it. I heated up some Skyline to pair with it, thinking maybe some food would help it go down. But no, it’s not really helping at all. Very rough, not easy to drink. Really disappointing. Better texture, but worse taste and flavor than a yuengling. Is it really old, or just terrible? Either way, a real failure, considering I got it straight from the source... Brennan’s... Or is it just a coincidence that the supermarket has the same name as the brewery? None of this was explicit... I’m honestly not sure... could barely get through 2/3 of this. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Bottled. Poured a clear deeper orange with about a minutes worth of white head. Nose found a solid dose of sweet malts (caramel and toffee) as well as dried apricots. Caramel and toffee were a tad roasty in the flavor... the apricots showed up again and were paired with hints of cherry and orange. Only bitterness found was in the floral form at the finish. Drier on the palate with adequate carbonation. Nothing exceptional, but certainly tasty and drinkable. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Not sure whether this is the same as Capital Amber or not. Brewed by Capital for Brennan's grocery store. Clear light copper body with a thick, but short-lived beige head. Don't know why it's called a dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty but overrun by the typical American standard hop presense. Some caramel malt flavors are present and the finish is dry, yet sticky. An average beer at best. I expected a little more.
ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2006
2005 bottle from the illustrious StewardofGondor, consumed at about 3:00 P.M. on 5/19/06. Strong head at first is somewhat of a tease, as it quickly recedes to light lacing and a partial cover. Yet it never disappears. Head is butter colored while the beer is a clear orange-melon-amber. As much as I didnt care for the pils, this came across husky, dry, but not too much so, with some barley and even a light caramel-breadiness. Crisp, like crackling burnt autumn leaves, and yes, even a smoky, rye-seed sort of spiciness and dryness on the end. The flavor was quite full of caramel, with an oily, but not thick bread and liquid caramelized sugar mixed amongst dough. Sweet, but yet husky and drying perfectly with lightly engaging carbonation that brings things to a final, clean ending. Ok, nothing to get overly worked up over, but still very competent and defintely drinkable. nuplastikk (6252) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2009
12oz bottle. The bottle now states "Special Amber". Recipe change? Macro brewery malt aroma. Filtered orange-tan color. Frothy white head. Rather insipid amber malt taste, medium bodied and dirty. Mild soapy bitterness balances it out. A touch of crystal or dark malts gives it an inkling of decency, but overall this is sub par swill.
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Clear amber color with a moderate ecru head. Clean light hops and malt aroma, nothing intoxicating, just clean. Clean and dry in the flavor area as well. A solid, but not not stirring, vienna style. JK (6146) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Not very good. Plain dry malt. Thin body, and unprocessed grain flavor. No hop presence. Light red color. Skyview (6020) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Picked up single 12-oz bottle at Brennan’s Country Farm Market in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Pours a clear light amber brew with a fast dissolving creamy white head that has some good lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, some toffee, light apple, and flowery hops. Taste is light to medium bodied, light carbonation with some light caramel malt, light fruity and a touch of apple peel. Finish is semi-sweet with a light apple bread aftertaste. A drinkable brew but nothing spectacular.