SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at O’Briens. Sits in the glass a dark reddish copper with a thin whitish head that leaves some lacing. Subtle caramel in the aroma, with mor prominent floral and light citrus notes along with a nice spiciness. Rich, spiced caramel malts in the flavor, bitter and astringent spices as well, rich fruitiness, plum, floral and herbal hops. Medium body and gentle carbonation.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at O’Brien’s. This spiced ale pours a medium brown color. Small sized creamy beige head. Aroma is fruity and spicy, touch of banana and clove. A medium bodied spiced ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, touch of root beer, some cinnamon and nutmeg, touch of spruce. Hops are slightly bitter and a touch floral. Nice balance. Very smooth taste. Its a touch crisp and the finish, but mostly fruity and sweet throughout. An interesting winter beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at O’brien’s. Dark amber with a decent head. Aromas were very sprucy with some banana in there. Flavors were actually quite like banana bread. Yeasty with some banana, nuttiness, and some spice too. Spruce was evident as well. Very good.