DYCSoccer17 (3210) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
8 ounce sample on tap at Toronado. The aroma on this has some vanilla and oaky hints present. There is some barnyardy Brett character, too. Mild booze (bourbon?). Moderately hazy/opaque cola-colored body with a small, off-white head present and no lacing. Starts pretty dry with plenty of woody oak character. Becomes a little fruity, and scantly tart with a weird bugginess. Almost chardonnay-like flavors coming through. Finishes with more vanilla and some warming boozinesss. More oaky dryness to finish. Quite wine-like.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Served a cloudy black-amber color with a thin finger of frothy tan head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lace.
S - The aroma is a mix of dark roasted malts with some sweet port, oak, caramel, booze, and a touch of hops.
T - Starts off with some sweet toasted caramel malts with some dark grape and oak. Through the middle some stronger port flavor comes through with more rich caramel malt and a touch of light booze. The finish is a mix of sweet malt with some booze, red grape, and a touch of hop bitterness.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a nice sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice combination of malt flavors from the amber and the stout and the port barrel aging adds another layer of tasty complexity.
joeneugs (2778) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the barrel house. It pours a dark copper color with a khaki head. The aroma is buttery with wood and light notes of berry fruit. The flavor has toffee, wood, alcohol and big notes of dried apricots. Full bodied and pretty decent.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Mahogony beer with a dark cream colored head. Caramel and earth aroma with light port. Caramel and sweet malt flavor with earth and light port. Medium bodied. Carameland port lingers with sweet malt and cookie notes.
brokensail (9831) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rather dark amber color with an off-white head. A chocolatey aroma with quite a bit of toffee and oxidation. A little brown sugar and dark fruit in there, too. The flavor has an intense jam flavor, almost a bit of fig newton cookie and chocolate to it as well. Definitely some oak as well as toffee and caramel. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Ratman197 (8850) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of carmel, toffee, spice and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee and light spice with a smooth lingering toffee finish.
marcus (5881) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Bistro BA Fest. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a very sour winey aroma. There is a delicious chocolate flavor with some vanilla and a port finish.
bhensonb (10194) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark mahogany. Rich dark vinous aroma. Med body. Very dark fruit flavor. Very vinous. Very smooth.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Bistro -Bal Aged Fest. Cloudy dark amber with a small light beige head that fades. Caramel and toffee with some mild roasted. Sweet flavor with caramel and toffee dominant. Some oak and vanilla notes. Medium full body with average carbonation. Pretty good beer. Nothing crazy, but good.