Nightwatch Dark Amber Ale | Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Nightwatch Dark Amber AleNightwatch Dark Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2002

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 56
Photo of corby112
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby red color with golden amber edges and a half finger off white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma with subtle earthy hops.  Hints of rye, caramel and toffee as well as some hazelnut and grassy hops.  Kind of bland really.

Medium bodied with a crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the sweet malt notes into a slightly dry finish.  Spicy with subtle dryness.  Decently bitter but nicely balanced by sweet malt backbone that has hints of caramel, rye and toffee.  

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep ruby amber with a thin tan head and light lacing. Brown ale aroma of toasted malt. Looks quite nice. Flavor is somewhat thin. Dark malt, hops, dark fruits, but all light flavors. Finishes dry and abruptly. Would be quite good with a bit more body and flavor.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Galway Arms on the ave in the U district. Appearance was pretty dark but not thick. Carbonation present, and a tiny head. I thought it was interesting that the head seemed to grow as time went on. There’s a nice lacing as well. Aroma was sweet and almost milky. Lot’s of fruit presence, both sweet and dark. Honey and caramel. Taste wasn’t at all what the aroma leads you to believe, it’s a bit bland and pretty heavy carbonation. It seemed a bit too bitter for my liking. Palate was decent. Pretty drinkable. Lots of carbonation, but there’s little lasting tastes. Overall its something I would have to be in the mood for. It’s not bad but it’s nothing great either. It’s like the girl you see, think she’s pretty and start to talk to her, and you realize there’s nothing about her that interests you besides her looks.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a dark opaque, cola color. Pours with an average sized cream colored head that dissipates into a thick soapy lacing. Lacing clings well to the glass. If this were black it'd look like a stout.

Smell: Full of rich caramel malt, buttered biscuit & toasted malt.

Taste: dark roasted malt, buttery biscuit, caramel, a bit of chocolate & rasins. Floral and dark fruit notes sticking out like a thumb from hops.

Mouthfeel: Stout like sweetness, Low carbonation, low hop bitterness.

Drinkability: This has the feel of a well crafted beer and is sort of interesting how this falls under the amber ale category. It really has the chocolate roasted malt characteristics of a stout. Its a rich and complex beer sadly the flavors clash together making it a bit awkward of a brew. You may like it, I'm not so keen on it.

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Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a dark ruby-brown with less than an inch of khaki colored head that dissipated semi-quickly and left moderate rings of lacing.

The aromas were typical, a sweet malt foundation that supported a nice hop scent. The taste followed along very closely to the aromas. A bit more of a hop tang than the aroma suggested. Surprisingly dry finish.

Body and drinkability were both as expected for the style. Overall, an average red ale, certainly worth trying if you see it about, perhaps worth having someone bring you some back from Seattle.

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Photo of olmatty
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a low, fizzy cream colored head with poor retention, beer is a very dark brown with hints of amber at the edges.

Smell- Bready yeast and lightly sweet malts.

Taste- A bit roasty, some sweet maltiness very mild hop presence and a dry and slightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated and moderate bodied.

Drinkability- Goes down easy and very sessionable.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared ajsdad.

Poured a clear brown color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasted and had very good lacing. Good roasted malty and small hop aroma. Medium body with slick smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate well balanced smooth flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Good complex session brew.

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Photo of Floydster
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with SuzyGreenberg, thanks for the opportunity Ben, also drank tonight, poured into my Lost Coast pint glass, color is a dark brown with some darker red tint, big 1 1/2 soapy vanilla colored head that lasted over five minutes, not much retention though, aroma was roasted malts, Northwestern hops, mild vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel, and light sweetness, taste starts off sweet with some vanilla and light cocoa, caramel and other malts in the middle, finish can be dry at times but mostly remains sweet and has a weak aftertaste, does not change much as it warms, overall just a lot more malty than hoppy and I think its drinkability and feel suffer as a result of that, thin bodied, sweet, slightly chewy and dry, also watered down mouthfeel, too much carbonation, could not drink too much more of this and barely finished the bottle after giving a few sips to my dad, did not go down too easily, not a bad introduction to the Maritime Pacific brewery, have not many ambers this color before either, would drink again, worth trying

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Photo of Nixon
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you're in the mood for a Dunkles style beer then grab one of these and see what it's really supposed to taste like!

This is Maritime Pacific's version of a German dark beer. They've used ale rather than lager yeast but other than that it's pretty much right on for the style. And man is it good! Nightwatch is very dark red...about like a cola...and it produced a rocky, light tan head that stuck around. It has slightly sweet, delicious carmel malt flavors. The hops are present in perfect balance but malt is the main attraction in this very good beer.

If you like beers like Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel, Michelob Amber Bock or Henry Weinhard Dark Lager then seek out a Maritime Pacific Nightwatch. It'll be a real eye opener.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chalice. Minimal head and spotty lacing. Clear see-through dark brown. Nutty brown/amber tint colouring.

Sweet Chocoalte, caramel, burnt maltings, decent.

Tastes like singed caramel, with a good malty backbone.

Medium to light bodied dark, so not too bad, would prefer it to be a little heavier.

Drinks fine

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Photo of erikm25
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: On tap. Poured a rather heavy chocolate brown with creamy walnut head. Hints of amber tinting as it sat in the glass. The retention was decent and the lacing was moderate with a tanned coloring.

S: Hints of coffee with toasted chocolate aromas and caramel malts. Slight hops in the nose but overall this one has a smoked and burnt toffee quality.

T: Light roasted caramel and subtle pecan tastes. Reasonable sweet malt quality with just a dash of hops. Ripened dried fruit with a smoked mocha finish. No taste of alcohol.

M: Pretty close to medium bodied.

D: I really enjoyed this beer for lunch on a weekday afternoon. It was not exhausting in anyway. The type of beer you could easily have a few of at the pub but still has delicious, warming, and filling qualities.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This "dark amber ale" approaches porter territory with flavors of burnt bitter chocolate. But a continental hops regimen from Saaz and Hallertau-derived Mt. Hood adds a distinct spiciness and/or attitude. Maritime serves it with a thick'n'creamy, pitted tan head of worthy sustain yielding a strong aroma of dilute coffee. It is clear but dark in a crimson-brown similar to rootbeer.

I like the appealing notes of vanilla in the smell and taste and the individuality of the recipe. In a word - hearty.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark with a very dark ruby color to it. Whatever head is there after a very firm pour quickly goes away. Nose is firm wood, nut, and caramel. Lots of deep red wood mostly though. Flavor is a faint, but noticeable nut on top of a robust leafy and woody character with a strongly pronounced sweetness. Feel is fairly syrup like on the liquid and low on the carbonation. Overall very drinkable. A good brew. A bit lacking it seems in certain areas, but still pleasurable.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottled poured to a pint glass; my first taste of a Maritime Pacific Brew, picked up at By the Bottle. Bottle label has some coding along one side, meant for indicating month & week of brewing, but nothing is notched. "Brewed in the Northwest with Imagination".

Listed at 5.5% ABV on Maritime's website.

A: Deep auburn-brown with about 1/2-finger of fizzy tan head, settling to a thin splotchy film. Much deeper, darker color than a typical amber/red ale.

S: Smells like a richly roasted brown ale, laden with lots of caramel, cocoa, & toasted nuts. Almost buttery with subtle coffee aromas, too.

T: A dark, husky roasted grainy flavor - definitely more akin to a brown ale. Lots of caramel malt, burnt toast, smoke. Finishes dry, quite spicy and with a little bit of sour zest.

M: Dense and zesty, crisp and biting. Well carbonated with a clinging dry roasted bitterness, this packs a terrific long-lasting fuller-than-expected mouthfeel.

D: Quite good. Really enjoyed the full-roasted flavors in this and the sweet/spicy/bitter interplay. Definitely worth picking up and a beer that I'd have again.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it is what it claims, a very dark ale that isn't quite opaque liek a stout or porter. tall head of tan foam, but not as fine as those styles.

smell is dark too, with rich roasted and stoutlike aromas. noticeably bitter scent but not a specific hop variety.

taste is initially bitter followed by dark dry stout aftertaste. Enjoyable, like a stout made easier to drink.

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark amber, almost brown in color. A one finger head slowly fades. Some mild lacing develops during the session.

Smell: the aroma is soft, as only some nuts and chocolate are barely detectable.

Taste: nice malty backbone with a milder nut, chocolate, ripe fruit sweetness, and very mild dry bitterness. The malt levels and fruitiness were mellow enough to not be too sweet.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry from start to finish. The maltiness lingers briefly on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: a simple session beer here that has a nice full flavor. This beer was very fresh on tap, making this a nice pint to have mid-afternoon.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean dark brown ale with ruby highlights. Has a nice creamy beige head and a little lace. There is a sweet malty character to the aroma with hints of coffee in the background. A roasted malt character dominates the flavor. Gives pleasure from both a sweet maltiness and a roasted coffee bitterness.

I remember when I had this at the Jolly Roger Tap Room thinking " This tastes more like a porter than just a dark ale.
thanks skyhand

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Photo of beertaster13
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brownish with black tints. The off white head pours to about a 2inch thick head. The smell is of roasted almonds and toasted bread. A hint of light caramel butter. The taste is light with just a small lingering of dark caramel taste. Medium bodied, not a bad effort.

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Photo of kolbe
1.98/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I god ahold of this beer hoping for something along the lines of 1554.

I was not impressed by this beer. Actually, I was unimpressed by this beer.

The nose was boring and simple, and the taste was actually poor enough that I was unable to finish the bottle. I returned the rest of the 6-pack.

Perhaps improper storage or batch inconsistency led to some of what I experienced, but this is one beer that I don't plan to approach again.

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Photo of zacharius
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark amber brown color with a thin off white head. Smell is of hops and esters. The predominant taste is of fruitty yeast esters with a hint of roast malt and caramal malt but just a hint. The aftertaste of hops and a mineral water taste. Thin bodied but refreshing beer. Kind of boring so I wouldn't want to drink too many.

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Photo of woemad
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $1.25.

Poured a very dark reddish amber color. If not held up to the light, it looks black. Big, off-white head. Lots of lacing

Smell is not very noticeable. There's a vague smell of caramelly sweet malts, but that's about it.

Taste is rather subdued. There is the caramel aspect noted in the smell There's also a rather metallic/antiseptic flavor I found unappealing. The finish ends on a lightly crisp note. This makes me think of an unfinished brown ale.

Mouthfeel was rather thin. I'd have liked this to be a little thicker.

Drinkability is ok, better than macro swill, but I was hoping for a lot more from this beer. I had this on tap a little over a year ago, and was much more impressed with it then. Perhaps this is a bad bottle. I'll come back to it later, and if warranted, I'll alter my review.

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Photo of freed
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Standard, clean label. Pours a deep amber, mahogany liquid, with no head. Still, a slight lacing is left on the edge of the glass.

Aroma is heavy of smoke. Peat is heavenly, but its somewhat one dimensional. The taste, likewise is fairly simple. Nice, but simple. The peat flavor is wonderful, but somewhat overwhelming. Something I 'd never think I'd say. Could be a wonderful scotch if they distilled it. Sadly, it doesn't make it the most drinkable beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, large white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Medium bodied amber ale. Roasted malts, nice malt sweetness. Some hoppyness. Mouthfeel is thick & smooth. Nice balance. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty, slightly bitter.

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Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep garnet to almost brown color, the head light tan in color, pertinent in size with a frothy in its texture, which culminates in fine lace that clings to the glass sheets. Decent malt nose, slight hints of caramel, with a sweet start, skinny top. Finish is potently hopped, minimal carbonation, dry aftertaste, and a drinkable beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark red ale with low carbonation and head, some hoppiness, the brewer describes this with a "sweet candy-like aroma" but it has a malty smell to me. The ABV is 5.5%.

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Nightwatch Dark Amber Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
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