beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Whoa, heavy as heck on this one here (need to watch my language in family-oriented Colorado). Slight smoky and wafty flavor.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - This was my favorite of their beers. A nice malty flavor A sweet smooth taste. Wel made.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Annapolis: Poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was smoked malts and nuts. The flavor was smooth, well balanced, smoke, sweet malts, nuts, and a hint of jerky. Overall, my favorite at this place and starting to be a favorite style of mine as well.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at GB Old Town Pasadena. Pours a clear black obsidian with a very thin tan head. Nutty aroma with chocolate, toffee, vanilla and citrus notes. Strong coffee flavor with a slightly roasted malt backbone and floral, herbal hops. Thin mouthfeel. Crisp finish with some caramel and vanilla sweetness. This just missed the boat along the way because it could be a very good beer.
kathouse (726) - Nevada, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark garnet color with a nice head that lasted all the way down. Malty aroma has a clear hop odor that seems to be the standard for Gordon Biersch beers. Taste was caramel with almonds. Some biscuit flavors were apparent. Body was good, but finish was slighly bitter. Not bad for my first beer here.
ExpendableHero (709) - Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Coke pour with an of-white head with lacing effects. Roasted aromas with some coffee and burnt wheat. Tastes of watery coffee, faint dark chocolate, and some smokiness. Thick mouth feel, fills you up quite fast. Almost syrup-like in regards to the palate. A tasty beer.
mike67 (695) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Gordon Biersch Dallas, TX. Pours almost black hue. Aroma is coffee and some toasted malt. Body is creamy, medium-full. Taste is similar to aroma. Long coffee finish. On the whole, it is nice brew.
BucannonXC5 (666) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a draft into my Gordon Biersch mug. Color was black with a hint of brownish red mug. Reddish tint at the bottom. About 1 Ĺ inches of head. Good lacing on the top. Sporadic bubbly film on the sides.
Chocolate malts on the nose. Also some caramel and toffee.
Tasted more coffee than chocolate. Dark chocolate actually. Pretty smooth.
Medium body. Thin creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.
Enjoyed this beer after two straight bad ones. It may be my non-seasonal-go-to-beer from GB now.
brianprentiss (664) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
one of the better gordon biersch offerings, which isnít saying much. itís pretty smoky and burnt and very dry, but it was the best of what was on tap at the palo alto GB
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at DC location. Color is a cola-like dark brown. Supports a thin off-white head with fairly good durability. No lacing. A restrained aroma of roasted malt, toffee and some chocolate. Mouthfeel was light and spritzy with a slightly watery texture in the finish. Clean, uncomplicated and mildly sweet flavors of dark roasted malt, burnt toast, chocolate, mocha and caramel. Shows a nice balance between the sweeter malts and more bitter, acidic roasted malt contributions. A simple and refreshing beer which is a nice rendidtion of the style.