WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle I’ve had from trade a long way back and shared at the socal tasting, since Chris Q, loves this beer, and I had been waiting to open with him. Pours brown with lots of head, this bottle foamed some which was nice since it’s fairly old. Nose is great, smokey, sweet, rich and full of flavor. Taste is sweet, rich, smokey and wonderful. Fantastic.
alobar (2873) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ye-Ha 08. Dark brown cloudy. Off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts and barley with some smoky notes. Well-balanced flavor of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Too bad its retired.
shigadeyo (3078) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
<b>7/28/2007</b>: Doug’s Colonial Ale is clear honey-amber in color. It has a long-lasting, dense, rocky head that is beige to light tan in color. Fruity malt, toast, and a hint of smoke can be found in the aroma. The flavor has roasted grains and malt. It is also nutty with some dry smoky character in the roasty, coffee-like finish. This medium-bodied beer is tingly on the palate (too much carbonation). Maybe it was served too cold? Overall this is a pretty solid beer despite the overcarbonation.
<i>Sample from 750 mL bottle shared at the "Columbus Tasting: Ate, now with gramatical errors" event. Thanks! Rating #76 for this beer...</i>
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared at toncathers house. Touches of chocolate and nuts of this aroma. Some coffee and more nutty chocolate on the flavor, but still a brown ale. Not a favorite of mine.
hapjydeuce (953) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG ’08 Grand Tasting at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Hazy brown color with average carbonation. Tan ring on the surface. I remember tasting a lot of cappuccino and a bit of tartness on the finish. Sweet palate with a silky mouthfeel. Very nice.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled at RBSG ’08. Pours with a cloudy, deep golden body topped by a thick ehad with some lacing left behind. It’s slightly sweet with roassty and smokey notes as well as a touch of hops. Kind fo reminds me of a stout with it’s flavor profile. Medium bodied and smooth.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2009 Tons of coffee in the aroma. It’s one of the best coffee aromas ever. Not bitter or roasty or burnt, but more creamy, like a cappucino or coffee ice cream. Flavor is dry and not that interesting though. Excellent nonetheless
Retried on 11/07/09: Old and oxidized, musty and dirty, though kind of fun: 6,3,6,3,14
dmruth (25) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
25 oz bottle. The beer is difficult to pour without creating an excess head. Dark molasses color.. The aroma is quite sweet, woody and noticeable. The texture is overly fizz. The flavor is rather complex with the taste of molasses, chocolate, and coffee.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of chocolate, cream, coffee, and toasting. Poured copper/caramel in color with a huge, foamy, beige head that lasted throughout. Clear. Lots of large particles. Sparkling. Medium sweet, lightly bitter flavor. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, sprite, piney hops, sugar, and cream. Medium body. Fizzy texture. Lively carbonation. Sweet chocolate and coffee finish. Over carbonated.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml from zathrus13 - thanks, Jeff! Wow, this is one mighty gusher. It took an effort of many minutes to get this thing settled down, and then only after some spillage. But the massive carbonation lets the aroma breathe nicely as those dregs drop onto the billowing head like cinnamon atop cappucino foam. So yeah, I reckon this is a brown ale, but it’s very complex, with loads of caramel, brown sugar, and a noticeable aroma of smoke in there to give it a quirky aftertaste that I enjoyed quite a bit. Lively hops keep it from being too sticky also. I really enjoyed this.