FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at 11th anniversary. Opaque black with a thick tan nitro head. Heavy hazelnut and bakers chocolate aroma. Mocha, chocolate flavors up front. Prominant vanilla, liquor character combines with rich malty sweetness. Nutty sweetness lasts in the finish, with hints of coffee and the last vestiges of the barrel characters. Mouthfeel is heavy, slick, and smooth.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried from tap at Ballast Point’s 11th anniversary celebration. Bourbon barrel on nitro. The most popular with the crowd. Pitch black color. Great tan microbubble head (of course with nitro), but reduced aroma from the nitro. When tasted, the aroma is more apparent..some bourbon, sweet malt, and some vanilla. Sweet. delicious. Super easy to drink. No roastiness. My second favorite of the event.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Stone for "Meet the brewers of CA" night (on nitro) - IMO, the best beer of the evening. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy light tan head that lasts to the finish. Nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak/bourbon. Flavor was exactly the same. No one component overpowered the other. A very smooth, medium to full body beer. My wife really liked this one too. An excellent beer.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewery’s 10th anniversary celebration. Love the nitro display for this pour. Aroma of roasty malt, coffee and a hint of bourbon. Flavor follows nose with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the 10 th Anniversary party. Had it on nitro. A beautiful black pour with a creamy white head. It was very smooth and tasty, definitely a well down imperial
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - OCT 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at 10th Aniv. Poured like tar but disaponingly watery when sipped. Way too much bouron and oak in the flavor, i think they even poured some bourbon into this. Lots of fruits and mollases too. I drank this side to side with the Marlin Porter witch was much better. Not very Stoutlike flavor lots of fruit, vannilla, bourbon and honey, and lacking in roasted malts, smokeyness, chocolate ,hops and a strong body. Its a low quality stout with some bourbon poured into it. The aroma and appearance fooled me though.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Direct from the barrel at the Brewery opening. Poured viscous and black with a moderate creamy dark tan head. Rich dark malts with hints of chocolate, coffee , dark fruits, herbal notes and bourbon in the aroma. Flavor is also rich with roasty malts, more of the chocolate, a bit of molasses and coffee with nice bourbon and oak notes from the barrel aging. Full body and gently creamy carbonation. This alone was worth attending the opening for.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap(nitro)@the new Scripps Ranch Brewery: Pure black color with a generous cocoa froth head. Aroma is light sweet dark chocolate. Flavor starts rich dark chocolate followed by a lightly bitter coffee and cream finishing long and dry with a hint of whiskey. Full body and smooth with moderate carbonation.