drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great malt taste with a floral finish that is not imposing at all. Nice caramel, chewey palate. Subtle but noticeable hops. Awesome balance. I could drink this for hours on end. This is the best amber ale I have tried to date.
BBB63 (6358) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Houston: Amber hue, big creamy head and excellent lacing. Aroma hinted of roasted malt, coffee, allspice, minor citrus and smoke, fresh hops. Sweet and tart initial taste with a crisp hoppy finish. Hint of smoke. Good balance. Medium-bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel. One excellent amber, balanced enough to enjoy all day, recommended.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Average head with great amber color. Good mouth feel with a nice balace between hops and the malt. One of my first craft brews I ever had back in the early 90s. Took a while to finally rate it.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
nothing special. A bit out of balance. Leaning toward the hoppy side. Way to sweet and not something I want to drink two of.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured out of bottle, purchased at Trader Joe's in Sherman Oaks, CA 7/25/03. Pours to an average head that disappears to a thin whisp. Dull amber body with not much action. Nose is of sweet malts and barley, but not all that special. Smooth mouthfeel with slightly dry malt and fizzle. Grows to a semisweetened dark malty flavor with moderately strong barley taste. Light-to-medium body and all-around satisfying. This is a very drinkable beer and a quality amber, but it's not outstanding-- it just does everything a little bit better than average, and that's where it sits overall for this cowboy.
rockydog (11) - martinsbug, West Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great color., great body Great taste. One of my top 10 beers ever. Not a real overbearing taste or aftertaste.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I headed to Saratoga to visit Big Basin Bistro after I left Stoddard's brewpub in Sunnyvale last Thursday. Thanks again to the peeps in Ratebeer forum to steering me to such a killer Brewpub as BBB was my favorite establishment whilst I stayed in the San Jose area. This brew pours from the tap a dark ruby copper. The frothy off white head is mostly diminishing with fair lacing. The nose is caramel and port. This brew has a rich deep flavor, mostly coffee, and toffee. Much more complexity than I expected. A very pleasant surprise. The palate is full, dry, and soft, finish feels chalky. Excellent.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice head on this one that quickly disappears. Very dark amber color, lots of malt in the flavor, with some mild hop bite on the aftertaste.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
When I was in Oregon everyone was handing me these! Not bad but nothing outstanding. It sure tasted fresh though. Thank you Oregonians!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice ale! Pours garnet-amber with a small off-white head that diminished rapidly. Plenty of aroma, rich malts with a balancing of hops. Prominent hops in the flavor - very assertive. Medium body, moderate carbonation. This is a good, yet unremarkable ale - tasty without being distinctive.