papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from the tap in Sorrento Valley: Dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is malty with a wiff of black coffee. Flavor has toffee, chocolate and light coffee with a dry, bitter bakers chocolate finish. Light body is crisp with moderaste carbonation.
BucannonXC5 (1036) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Karl Strauss Brewery in La Jolla, Calif. Color was black. About one finger of head. Bubbly cloudy lacing. Healthy amount of film that was evenly spread out on the glass.
Smelled of toffee and chocolate malts.
Tasted similar to the nose with chocolate and toffee malts leading the way. Also some caramel in there. Good tasting beer.
Medium body. Creamy slick texture. Average carbonation Smooth finish.
I really liked this beer. It was smooth from the get-go and was perfect for my mood.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on draft @ the brewpub in downtown San Diego. Pretty beer to look @ with good lacing. I thought this was a really malty porter when I tasted it. Oats, sweet malt, with little bitterness present.
DenverLogan (857) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown; lingering small brown head. Rich and smooth...easy drinking, rich malts but not overpowering. Creamy, great balance of rich roasted malts, cocoa, grains but with a slight sour fruit finish. On tap at Churchill’s.
hamilton23 (617) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at KnB. Pours black with a nice head. Smells smokey, tastes smokey. Toasty maltiness. Very light and easy to drink.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark brown color with tan head just clinging to the glass. A sweetish aroma with whiskey and malts. Oaty flavor with malts, caramel and a hint of caramel.
AbeerWolf (27) - USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth, rich flavor that tapers off after the first couple of sips. Aroma is slightly hoppy with the chocolate malts coming through after. Body is lively but not overwhelming. Good overall beer that is perfect for a warm San Diego evening.