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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Not your traditional brown ale. This is a big, bad, bold brown. It’s the intersection of a cabernet and an IPA. Or, say, 19th and Broadway. A blend of three oaks added during fermentation creates a red wine-like structure. California Cascade hops bring the local flavor that goes from roasted and bitter on first swig to a soulful, chocolate finish. Generally speaking, not for wussies. But who are we to say?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mrmartin (733) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Had this on tap at Lanesplitter. Clear Brown pour with small tan head. Nose was burnt. The malts were burnt throughout. Watery body. Bitter finish. Bad batch? I might have to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Aromas of deep roasted malt, mild coffee, toffee, chocolate and tons of caramelized oak.. Mmmmm.. I love it... Loooong, lingering flavors of caramel, toffee, coffee, roasted nuts and roasted malt truly stain the palate for minutes... minutes!!! Medium-medium-plus bodied, good carbonation, with a nearly dry, kinda bitter finish. Well made. Hits the spot for a local brown ale. Thank you Calicraft!!! You earned my support. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6860) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle from Beer Revolution. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
A - Pours a fairly dark brown with a bit of orange mixed in and a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of chocolate and caramel malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a bit of oak and vanilla. T - Starts off with some caramel and chocolate malts with a bit of dark fruit and vanilla. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some brown sugar and a bit of wood. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, wood, coffee, and a bit of dark fruit. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly fruity finish. D - Very drinkable. A bit light, but the flavors are nice and well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11673) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bomber from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours dark brown with a creamy/foamy slight tan head. Aroma is chocolate over a typical brown roast malt. Med body. Flavor is woody chocolate? It is actually astringently oaky. The chocolate is dark, the oak is present, tho not overpowering, the drink is mostly dry, and definitely astringent. Amazing. I don’t usually like brown ales very much, but dry astringent bitter is a winning combo.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
The pour is a dark brown color with a khaki head. Toasted malt and bread with some strong roasted malt aromas. There is a hint of chocolate, a touch of ash, and some earthy hops. The flavor is far too bitter for a brown ale. Some toasted malt, cocoa, and lots of roasted malt. A hint of coffee, some earth, and burnt nuts. Was not a fan of this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2012
On tap. Dark brown with a fizzy white head. Very faint malty aroma. Malty lightly roasted grain taste with a hint of nuttiness and a light bodied palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Bottle. brown beer with a light tan head. Cocoa aroma. Malt and cocoa flavor with light oak and grapefruit. Medium bodied. Malt and cocoa lingers with light grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3555) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
My favorite of three awesome new brews from Calicraft! It pours a dark reddish brown with a nice lasting tan head. The aroma strikes a great balance of red fruit, oak and roasted malt. There’s also some distinct floral hops. The flavor has the same balance of oak and earthy/floral bitterness that is just about perfect. The roasted malt adds to the rustic feel with some earth, roast, cocoa and toffee. The finish is bitter and roasted with a medium to full body and mouthfeel. I’ll be picking up several bottles of this. Loved it.

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