MaBeer1972 (2143) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 A very well-balanced, tasty brew! Deep reddish-orange color with a great malty, somewhat fruity aroma. The flavor is very nutty like a decent brown but a little sweet like a Vienna, with a very good overall hop balance. Nice stuff! RE-Re-rate: Still my favorite Amber of all-time! RE-Rate: R.I.P.! Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2002
A wonderful light ale. Warm buttery aroma, great malt flavor with just enough hops to make it good without offending our European friends. Carmel-like finish. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2003
An excellent Amber ale in every respect...the body has a tad higher level of carbonation than expected. Hops are there, but left to subtly bite your lower lip after the toasted slightly sourish nutty malt presence has finished rocking your world. Earthy. A nice balance between English type elements and pure Americana. Lovely. Lemon, plus earth, plus fresh watermelon, plus nut meat, in liquid form. Sweetens up soooo nicely when warm. My 2nd fave Amber ever (second only to Ithaca's). Mmmmm...Oh, and BTW VENOM nailed the Vienna resemblance right on...I miss that guy, for one. Braudog (6803) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Bottle. Poured a rusty shade with quite the big poofy head. Nice aroma of caramel malt wafts thru the barrier. The beer delivers with a nice toasty, sweet maltiness. Just a glimmer of bitter kiss at the end to balance out with the maltiness. I agree with their blurp, this would go well with a burger. (#3149, 10/21/2007) VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 21, 2001
Quite toasty with a nuttiness as well. Very Vienna like in malt backbone with a nice crisp hop balance. The malt profile of this brew is superb.
goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Pours a medium red, smal off-white head mostly lasts, leaves strong amounts of lace. Aroma is nutty, caramel, some other maltiness, and a good whack of hops in the back. Flavor is mostly nutty, slightly caramel, and a great hop finish. Medium in body, very drinkable. Too bad Z Street is no more... argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2007
(12oz bottle) Pillowy medium beige head with good retention and nice lacing, atop lightly hazed copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, toffee, nut, caramel, orange/floral, some cherry/bread, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, tea, caramel, some orange. Medium body, light chewiness, acidity. A top-notch amber. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2004
Color here is a lovely uburn, and the head is generous, creamy, honeycombed with tiny bubbles, and cast in a nearly pinkish shade.
Aroma: puzzling at first, minerally, dry, and dull, but soon showing itself to be vigorously toasty, malt having a hammerlock on this, but not to any extreme.
Nice hoppiness, warm and fuzzy, medium bodied, nicely textured.
Flavor arises again and again, never quits, delivers malty, toasty tones that are a joy to sip with each meeting between cup and lip!
There's a spicy, zingy kick in it...I like, I like...
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Bottle (contract from Concord). Brilliant rust color and medium head. Has an interesting aroma of berries, malt, low hops. Smells and feels like a Belgian ale, if that means anything. Flavor is initially spicy, toasted malt lingering above mild sweetness, medium weight body. Simply a well made, flavorful and generally interesting beer. JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Pours deep amber with a medium head. This beer shows notes of yeasty maly with nice notes of carmel. These flavors show on the palate with decent amount of light bitterness. One of the best amber that I have had in a long time.