AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours attractive dark copper with a tan head. Full nose and flavor of dried fruit, caramel, toffee, wood and vanilla. Medium full mouthfeel. Nice dry finish.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Mahogony beer with a dark cream colored head. Big brandy aroma with malt. Big brandy flavor with caramel and dried fruit. Medium bodied. Brandy lingers with caramel and dried fruit.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours with a hazy bronze to mahogany hued body with a minimal head. Aromas of dark fruits, figs, dates, malty, lightly vinous. Chewy, toffee, oak and brandy. Flavors are big, boozy, brandy, figs, tons of caramelization. Oak. Brown sugar. Very warming. Maple syrup. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel, heavy body with light carbonation. Well done.
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The beer pours amber in color, perhaps leaning toward copper, with a small white head.
S: Big brandy aroma with plenty of vanilla and oak. Sweet caramel and toffee malts with some bready notes in there as well. Hints of maple syrup give additional sweetness to the beer.
T: Bready malts along with toffee, caramel, and hints of molasses. Some brandy and vanilla are there along with a little bit of booze. However, the flavor is a touch "flat".
M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation.
O: The nose was fantastic, but the flavor was a little bit of a let down.