BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beachwood for the Highwater Release night. Pours with a clear bronze hued body with a large, khaki tan head. Aromas are of cardamom, bready, cinnamon, clove, nutty, spicy, malty, cola. Flavors are nutty, malty, molasses, medium spice that lends a brightness. Dry, low spicy bitterness in the finish. Great, late in the season winter warmer.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beer Rev, pours deep brown with a thin tan head. Full nose of dried fruit and roasted malt. Addition of chocolate in the flavor with some vinous fruit and chocolate. Somewhat dry finish. Hides the 8.2 very well!
marcus (5878) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours black with a thin beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a smooth thick dark molasses flavor with some burnt coffee. An interesting brew.
joeneugs (2778) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at City Beer. It pours dark brown with a thin off white head. The aroma has lots of cinnamon with hints of cocoa and vanilla. The flavor is kind of the same with mostly baking spices and a bit of raisin, burnt toast and very mild notes of coffee toward the finish. Not too sweet, but rich in mouthfeel. Think of a more robust Anchor christmas beer. Spices are utilized well (I’m assuming there are spices used here), unfortunately I’ve been a bit burned out on these spiced ales lately.