neepsntatties (1088) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Baileys Taproom. Colour...very murky reddish brown with no head. Nose...very fruity, especially dark raisins, dates and currants with funky bits here and there. Palate...a funky, musty hit gets things rolling and then the dark fruits make a strong appearance. The musty flavour carries across the palate and then prunes and prune pits show up. This is an interesting ale!
ReggieDunlap (2894) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear ruby/amber with a thick tan head. aroma has notes of fruit and chalky nuttiness...a bit like a pb&j sammie. flavor follows suit...decent hoppiness but cuts through that pb&j sammie abruptly...almost muddles it...boozy. mouthfeel is medium and silky with fruity/nutty/earthy dry and bitter finish.
thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml thanks Jaime) clearish ruddy amber, fine deep amber. Nose of barrel, cream, berry, raisin, rum. Taste of raisin, cream, barrel, complex and tasty.
joeneugs (2765) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. It pours a very muddy, orange/brown color with an orange/tan head. Looks like swamp water. The aroma totally reminds me of a PB&J sandwich. Is that what really killed Elvis, or was it the drugs? Anyway, it has light toasty malt with some nuttiness and lots of sweet dark fruit, almost jammy. Belgian yeast spiciness is present but not overpowering. The flavor has very strong alcohol and rich dark fruit, toffee, and toasty bitterness. Lots of fruity, spicy and alcohol esters. Subdued nutty and cocoa notes. A little dried apricot and caramel as well. Needless to say, there’s a lot going on here. Kind of messy, but that’s the whole point with this one isn’t it (going by the name)? I would have preferred less bitterness. Too much hops for a beer like this.
bhensonb (10158) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark ruddy amber with a creamy beige head. Aroma of reddish berries with a hint of dark chocolate. Med body. Smooth. Fruit, malt, not quite dry - flavor. No heat. Excellent for enjoying in the evening.
marcus (5855) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer, Sacramento.pours caramel with a thin beige head and a fruit and honey aroma. There is a slightly harsh, but tasty treacle flavor with some dark fruit and a bitter finish. No alcohol heat.
ineedbeer (509) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Beer Revolution.
Aroma is not good. An odd putrid fruit note mixes with grain to make an aroma similar to rotting banana bread. This smells bad, and then the alcohol aroma hits and make it worse.
Pours an almost still burnt amber color with just a thin light tan head that quickly recedes. Looks better than it smells.
Flavor is slightly better. The fruit notes are still really odd and arguably off. The malt is way too much Vienna and doesn't mix well with the fruitiness. Sweet, but also moderately high astringency. Bitterness is moderate.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied. Carbonation is very low. Astringency is moderately high. Alcohol warmth is moderate.
I have a hard time finding a redeeming quality to this beer. I really wished I could like this brewery but I still haven't had a good beer from them.
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bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Amber-brown beer with a cream head. Sweet malt and light pine aroma. Malt and earthy flavor with light pine and light grapefruit. Medium bodied. Malt and earthiness lingers with light caramel and light pine. Messy and underwhelming. Disapointing.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark red-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel, vienna, and honey malts, with some light dark fruits, a faint hint of cocoa, some Belgian yeast character, and a hint of spices, with a touch of booze.
T - Sweet dark caramel, vienna, and honey malts with some dark fruits, some spices, some Belgian yeast, berries, a bit of red licorice, some light resiny pine hops, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch thick, with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Nicely balanced and complex. Interesting blend of malts that does really well.