illidurit (2051) - Petaluma, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle pours darkish brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma is roasty with fresh wheat bread maltiness and some mild banana pith. Flavor is slightly sour with a medicinal artificial grape tinge atop a standard brown-malts-fermented-by-belgian-yeast-strain base. A little nuttiness too. Tastes almost exactly like New Belgium 1554, except with more body. Marginally better than the inexplicably overrated 1554.
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo Arden. Pours dark brown with a nice beige head and a vanilla aroma. There is a rich coffee and dark fruit flavor with a peppery vanilla finish.
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille partagée avec Markwise.
Arôme malt, légèrement grillée avec du caramel, fin nez de brassin et de grains.
Au palais, note de cara malt avec note grillé, blé et orge, un petit fini de levure donnant à cette bière une approche belge ainsi que des fruits un peu tropicaux venant peut-être de la levure.
markwise (4306) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours caramel brown with an off-white head. Nose is tobacco, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and maple. Flavor is similar with brown sugar and Belgian yeast. Light-bodied and very good.
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a Belgian Style Ale? Could have fooled me. This brown has some roasty notes, finishing clean. I’m not a big fan of KS’ beer, but its not like this beer is offensive - it’s just a standard brown
ghawener (1433) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Karl Strauss Brewery in downtown San Diego. Nice bready, malty and sweet. Food Pairing: Rollo Loco.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. clear darker brown with a small off-white head and some lingering foam that leaves a solid ring. Lots of vanilla and almond in the aroma, brown sugar and dates as well. Some dried fruit and almond in the flavor. Medium-light sweetness and low bitterness. Alcohol isn’t really felt, but adds nicely to the body. Soft carbonation. Finishes with slight toasty malt and hop bitterness, but never gets much past mild. Nice enough stuff with some nice aromas going on.
thetmaxx (729) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into 12oz. Karl Strauss pub glass. Color is nice Brown, head is tan and some what creamy helping the vanilla flavour come through. Flavour is toasted and malty, with hints of coriander spice. Aroma also hints at the coriander spices. Overall a pleasant Brown ale.
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured at the speed blogging - Beer bloggers conference
This was a Belgian beer with very little Belgian yeast in the aroma and flavor. A very tasty beer but as for style this misses the chart. Good malts and a nice finish it was like a brown ale to me.
JohnnyJ (4080) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours a slightly hazy brown, with off-white head. Malt, caramel, sweetness, and light nut flavors. This is rather cheap tasting, not that good, but what do you expect from Karl Strauss.