fordest (2137) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at OíBrienís. An awesome spicy aroma off this dark brown beer. What were all those spices? Not really sure. Very complex. The flavor was similar, although not as fun to drink as it was to smell. There was corriander, cinnimon, nutmeg, clove.... or was there? A very interesting and complex brew.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ BJís Pasadena in a labelled íGrand Cruí tulip glass. Nice bready, fruity aroma. Cloudy copper color. Mouthfeel is rich, carbonated. Complex, changing flavor - starts foamy, followed by a sharp acidic bite, than changing to a spicey, Chimay-like bready maltiness with a little hop essence blended in. Finished dry, sharp, a little sourness. No lacing. I approve.
IrishBoy (4023) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 On draft ar BJs Bakersfield; Nose of caramel and spices; lightly hazed alight amber with a medium beige head; Flavor of caramel and spices with a small alcohol finish. 6/3/7/3/14 3.3 2/1/07
Draft at BJs Oxnard. Nose of banana, cloves, ginger, and light yeast. Hazy gold with a nice cream head. Flavor is spicy, light sweetness, bananas, and caramel. 7/3/7/4/14 3.5 12/28/09
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap @ the brewery.cloudy orange with a nice thick head.as the head sat it left nce lacing.aroma and flavor was of caramel malts and heavy on the spice.pretty average actaully.
troopie (2290) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer looked wonderful, with a amber body and a nice malty aroma. The flavour was disappointing. It was all malt and alcohol, with the alcohol predominating. Ot had a rough finish. The alcohol is only 8.3% but it tasted more like a glass of whisky.
ChazMania (661) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2010 Tap at Monrovia, Ca location. Had a nice sweet spice aroma and orangey carmel color. The flavor was malty with a good amount of spice (not able to identify a particular spice tho). The alcohol was well hidden in the flavor, but I could tell it was high abv as I "felt" one beer.
Rerated on 12/16/10. This years version says it is 10% and it tasted bigger and more assertive in a good way. Very enjoyable, bumped it from a 3.4 on 1/29/07 to a 3.8 today.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at BJís Desert Ridge in Phoenix, AZ. Amberish color with a bubbly off white head that left some lace on the glass. Estery aroma with a touch of yeasty bread dough. Spicy and sweet on the tongue with a touch of acidity. Tasted of dried fruits, molasses, and toasted bread. Medium bodied with a slight medicinal note.
Ratman197 (12142) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ BJs Westminster poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering light amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, carmel and brown sugar. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, toffee, brown sugar and a hint of cherry with a warming lingering bittersweet finish.
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 Brewed at the Bjs Chandler location
A frothy, amber tinged, tan colored head sits atop a dark red colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear reddish amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma is strikingly of rich fruit and a touch of phenolics; a mix of raisins, sweet plums, a touch of fig, some notes of clove and perhaps a hint of bubble gum.
The taste is definitely sweet, though not sticky, and the finish has that characteristic earthy spicy note that I associated with a Chimay derived yeast strain. The fruit notes are in the flavor as well, found up front, I get notes of sweet plums, raisins and apples. The finish is dominated by that earthy spiciness, which leads into an astringent, slightly phenolic (a mix of smoke and plastic), lingering finish. The spice notes remind me of cloves, a touch of ginger, perhaps some coriander and perhaps even something like cardamom. I can see this beer really appealing to some, to me it seems a touch out of balance though; it is just a bit too phenolic in the finish.
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DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft: OíBrienís in San Diego, CA) 2006 release. Mmm, spicy! Reminds me of a saison, both in flavor and nose. However, the flavor is showing more darker malts and more sweetness than I expected based on the nose. Medium body, very clean on the palate, moderate carbonation. Light red-brown color, fairly clear, topped by a small, off-white head that dissipates fully. Much better than I expected from BJís, but I havenít had enough of their "better" beers to make a judgment. My opinion has certainly been elevated after this one.