JohnnyJ (5329) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap the the SD strong ale fest 09. brown pour. Dark sweet malt, dried fruit, a bit of toffee, and dirty sock. It’s alright.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Pizza Port Strong Ale fest 2009. Pours a deep cola brown with a beige ring. Nose is full of dark, dried fruits with tons of roasted malts and a good amount of booze. Flavor is much of the same.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap at the 2009 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. Pours a cola brown. Slightly empty toasted malt flavors. Hints of chocolate and black licorice. An ok beer.
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2010 2nd rating: Much nicer 7,4,7,4,16. On tap at PP Carlsbad.
1st rating: 5,3,5,3,16: On tap at 2009 PP Strong Ale Fest. Yuck. Some feet in the aroma. Smell is a little like dishrad. Low in flavor. Leans dry. Red black color. Small head. Not good.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL can, purchased from the brewery (these are basic silver cans with stick-on labels, not like the fancy cans of their regular releases). Pours a dark cola-brown color; light-tan head with excellent mixed-bubbled lacing. The nose on this is somewhat muted: mostly dried dark fruits, tobacco, and a hint of alcohol; very relaxed. Solid carbonation is coupled to a strongly inky mouthfeel: lots of dried dark fruits, raisins, cola, and inky chocolate; a very light chalkiness here; alcohol is hidden, though there is some definite viscosity here; breadiness and cereal at the core; ultimately a bigger (and honestly blander, with seemingly less roast and more cola) version of Black Noddy; big, smooth, reasonably drinkable for a beer this big; lots of cola. Lengthy finish: lasting cola, increased roasted maltiness and toastiness at the far end; nicely dry and bitter.