JohnnyJ (4040) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the SD Strong Ale Fest 09. Pours a hazy amber. Sweet malt, caramel, a bit of spice, light grape notes, vinous, and some sweet fruit. Its decent, just not as good as a lot of the other ones that day.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 2009 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest, this beer poured a hazy golden color with a small head and vinuous notes in the flavor
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at PP Strong Ale 2009. Little bit of hoppy aroma. Lightly sweet. Nice low level of wine barrel character, Mellowed nicely. Orange color. A bit of booziness. Nice.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB. I saw this beer was made with split peas and I had to give it a try. I actually couldn’t really taste split peas, but the beer was interesting nonetheless. Pours murky brown. Little bit of spices in the beer, but it had heavy sweet caramel finish. Well hidden 10.5% ABV. I liked it.
HonkeyBra (3058) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at FoBAB 09. Awesome name. Also had no idea this had split peas in it. Hazy murky amber pour, some head. Aroma is caramelly and a bit wheaty. Kind of strange. Flavor is pretty strong and caramelly also. Really not sure what to make of this one, but it was aight.
Cornfield (5326) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
FoBAB 2009. This was recommended to me by a friend from Champagne, and I still like him anyway because it may be the only time in my life that I can say I had a beer brewed with split peas. Actually, it wasn’t too bad. The body was a hazy tarnished bronze and and the smallish head was off-white in color. It had an aroma of orchard fruit and vanilla and the flavor had a fruity liquer taste to it. At no time could I discern the presence of peas, split or otherwise, but in my heart I know they were there.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest in Hayward. Hazy medium amber color with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma is floral with sweet malt and caramel, oak, fruity notes, and peas, oddly enough. Flavor really showcases the split peas, which I found really interesting and different. Also some slight vinous notes, oak, wheat, sweet caramel malt, and mild floral hops. Medium body with soft carbonation and high drinkability, especially for the high ABV, which is very well hidden.
bhensonb (10162) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Bistro BA fest. Hazy amber with a 1 finger beige head. Mild fruit aromas. Medium body with mild, foamy carbonation. It’s fruity,oaky and a bit spicey. Really good taste. More like a non-sour Belgian than anything I can think of, but English Strong Ale fits. Very good. Mild sweet finish.