illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Surfrider Cafe in Santa Cruz. Pours basically black with a tan head. Cocoa, ash and coffee aroma. Black malt flavor, lightly roasted with some toasted bread and caramel as well. A decent dry stout.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours black, tan head. Aroma of coffee and roast malt. Taste of roasted malt. Pleasing porter.
brokensail (15774) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in color with a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and charcoal notes on the nose. Slight earthiness and a strange amount of caramel and sugar sweetness for a dry stout. Tastes mostly of roast, charcoal, and coffee. Some dark chocolate and earthy hops add a fairly pronounced bitterness. There’s still a pretty heavy sweetness of licorice and sugar.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured very black, sweet, creamy, roasted malts, coffee, little dark chocolate, little hops, slight licorice.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the Surfrider Cafe. Super dark brown (nearly black) color with a tan head. Dark bread crust, caramel, and roasted malt aroma. Coffee-like roasted barley flavor with a nice caramel sweetness for balance and lighter hops. The roasty dryness balances the sweeter malt flavors well. Best beer from my first Boulder Creek experience, and a little more robust and sweet than most dry stouts.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The best beer they had at the time(which isn’t saying much). Pours black with tan head. Aromas of roasted malt. Flavor has a bit of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Nice coffee finish.