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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Not your traditional brown ale. This is a big, bad, bold brown. Itís 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10906) - 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 donít 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 (10738) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6851) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6420) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5539) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3175) - 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. Thereís 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. Iíll be picking up several bottles of this. Loved it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (3076) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle - tasting @ Willows. Pours hazy chestnut brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Aroma is nutty, caramel, toffee. Flavor has some oak, but really malty, nutty. Medium sweet, light bitterness. Medium body. Above average for a brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Sampled in a bomber. Chilled. A nice brown ale that was rich and malty taste an aroma. Well put together brew.

   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1393) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
On tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Pour is hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor are both pretty faint with notes of nuts, caramel, charcoal, and coffee. Light to medium bodied.

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