KyotoLefty (5575) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 4, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draugt at Ryans in Honolulu. Aroma of toffee, chocolate, diacetyl. Flavor of chocolate and caramel with some vegetables. Earthy, bitter hops. A bit off.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Duke’s in Honolulu, HI. Pours a mostly clear, deeper brown colored body with a finger-width, foamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is caramel with some cocoa, toasted nuts, and a light grass. Flavor is light caramel, some grass, a light cocoa, and a bit nutty. Finishes dry and a bit thin with a light bitterness and malty sweetness. The cocoa comes more into play a bit in a medium length aftertaste. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall, an okay brown. A bit thin, but well balanced and easy drinking.
MaxxDaddy (362) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle at Mehana brewery. Describe as their most decorated beer, it pours brown with white head. Aroma is sweet with caramel and nuts. Taste brings a bit of the same, though it’s thin and slightly astringent. Probably the best beer of the lot I tried and the most memorable to rate, as I wasn’t about to rate on the spot at the brewery.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle shared at the "AK to the HB" tasting on 12/30/10: The beer is a clear brownish-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Light body with flavors of sweet malt, caramel and mild hops. The finish is brown sugar and malt. Average overall.
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with tan head and lace. Aroma of roasted malt and some nuttiness. Roasted malt, nutty, with a decent bitter. A tad thin and watery.
kdern (15) - USA - AUG 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really great smooth, dark beer on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recommended. I had this at Cafe Pesto.
VertBaconStrips (1951) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to my fossils for bringing this back to the heat wave that is Edmonton in February....
This deep brown brew hardly produced any head on the pour. What little there is is bubbly and tan. The aroma is pretty straight forward: notable stinky coffee, sweet caramel. Lesser notes: nuts, chocolate, light citrus hops. On quick smells from the top of the glass the coffee is obvious but on long deep snorts the nuts and chocolate are much better. Not too impressive taste when colder, much better after sitting long. Lots of tasty roasted malts, plenty of nuts (in my mouth! What?), light coffee bitterness, light tanginess and I’m out of beer! Damn! Goes back easy enough, Long mild bitter finish. Forgettable.
BillKismet (3164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Browned amber brew that pours a huge head that finely settles down and shows admirable resilience. Robust nut accented malt aroma is quite piquant and shows strong roasting. The flavor is highly kilned malt and nut to the point of bringing in too much tannic bitterness. Somewhat antiseptic nut finish.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap at the Yardhouse Honolulu. Appearance is a deep rich nut brown with a small light tan head. The flavors and aromas are rich with nutty malts and a fair amount of hops. Light amounts of caramel. The hops are very bitter and a bit overpowering but still a good flavored brew.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Scott. Lighter brown pour. Aroma and flavor are toasted old caramel malt. Not a style that I really like and not a beer that I really like.