DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: E.J. Phair Alehouse in Concord, CA) Some wild claims on the beer menu for this beer, so let’s see if it lives up. For a beer with "very little hop flavor", it sure has a decent hop bitterness, especially in the finish. But on the whole, this is a very sweet, very caramely beer, and if less bitter would be pushing a Scotch ale. The sweetness is a bit too sugary for me. Moderate alcohol presence is a bit of a distraction in the finish. Sweet and very caramely nose, with a stronger than expected aroma of alcohol. Sweet and heavy on the palate, the bitter bite doesn’t really cut into the thickness. Deep ruddy amber color, with a full haze for a very murky appearance. Not a whole lot of head when poured, it was light tan in color and quickly faded to a bubbly thin ring. Some droopy lacing near the top of the glass. Contrary to what the menu insists, this is not even close to being "one of the best experiences in malt" in my life, but it is a decent beer. But in the end, the beer has a slight harshness, and thus is not something I could drink much of, so I don’t know how "approachable" this really is.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden orange color with a small off white head. A very sweet yet hoppy aroma. The taste is of mandarin oranges with a semi potent hop bitterness at the end. Its medium bodied, and pretty tasty, yet kind of one dimensional.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pour is clear orangey amber with a thin tan head...smell is sweet molasses and corn?...taste is sour and sweet with alcohol...yuck...
joet (1991) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A creative monster weighing in at around 7.5 ABV. Lots of aroma -- citric notes in the tangerine, tangelo range, some distinct cola aroma, roasty, bready, and a snappy tang. Mild cocoa and molasses flavors as well as some fruit esters. This is definitely a beer for real beer drinkers.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interestingly, I got this beer on tap @ the Bistro In Hayward, not Pete’s Brass Rail. The bar keep said this was the end of the keg, and it did seem a bit flat. The color was attractive ruddy brown with a thick cascading head. The nose and flavor were malty sweet, but as I worked my way down the pint glass, I could finally get a good whiff of the beer, which dropped a point as it went a bit vegital. The flavor was decent, and ended with a fruity influence.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Served a clear copper-red color with a thin layer of white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of rich tasted caramel malts with some light dark fruit sweetness and a hint of booze.
T - Starts off with sweet rich caramel malts with a touch of spice. Through the middle some more malt flavor comes through with a bit of hop and some light booze. The finish is a mix of rich malts with some light spice and a touch of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a mellowing warming and a sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Pretty good balance of flavors but just maybe a touch thin bodied.
pinkzambia (1363) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 12, 2008
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap: I’ve had English Strong ales I have liked way better. The color is a clear red brown color. Aroma is nothing in particular, pretty weak. Initially, it is a real sweet malty flavor with some weird sour notes following it.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark color with a tannish head. Strong aroma. Some chocolate in the taste. Some hops in the taste as well. Very strong! A very good beer.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap only at Petes Brass rail in San Ramon CA. Good carbonation some citrus hop notes a bit of biscuit type flavors. Mild bitterness. Some soft white fruit notes. Mild finish with good mouthfeel.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
EJ Phair Shortys Revenge
Draft. Murky, bright and dark copper/ amber color. Ivory colored wisp. Toasted malt/ cereal aroma. Sweet and fruity with notes of peaches and watermelon. Pretty hoppy, more so than I remember it tasting.