Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a very deep copper color with a frothy beige head that left nice lacing. Nose was lightly spiced with some roasted malts and ground coffee notes. Flavor is also very roasty with some faint coffee and cocoa, finishes with a light hop bitterness.
Earlier Rating: 1/5/2009 Total Score: 3.4
On tap @ Hamilton’s. Pours a medium brown with a frothy off whit head. Nose had some dark fruits and a touch of Belgian yeast funk. Flavor was lightly fruity with again a touch of Belgian yeast.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Numba 4 in bottle - Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber brown with a white pin stripe for head.
Aroma: Fruity Belgian yeast,dry bready malt and a slight sweet cherry note.
Taste: Bread crust, fruity yeast, both of which remind me of a doppelbock. Finishes bitter.
Mouthfeel: Low to medium carbonation. Medium bodied.
Overall: A nice new beer from Karl Strauss. If you were bummed years ago on Red Trolley or Endless Summer Light, its time to revisit the folks who are now making this and Tower 10 IPA.
elguapo47 (13) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on Tap, High Dive Bar
Aroma- malty, coffee notes, hints of vanilla.
Appearance- mahogany brown color. thick off white head that lingered.
Taste- firm toasted malt flavors. peppery quality from the belgian yeast. hints of vanilla, figs, raisins. coffee too.
Palate-medium body, with an almost creamy quality to it. average carbonation. fruity, clove quality to the warming, dry finish.
Overall, a pleasant beer for the winter. nice balance and flavor hints makes it good for a few rounds.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ ks sv. Decent brown ale with slight belgian yeast aroma and flavor. Odd thin soapy aftertast.
jeremytoni (2891) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the tap poured brown with a fair amount of head. Nice spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice thick cream head atop a nice dark stained wood body. Nose is musty, nutty, and toffee like and coats the nostrils well. Flavors spread upon a somewhat thin and grainy body with belgian yeast esters coming to the forefront. The finish is slightly nutty with an american brown ale-like crispness, but the flavors are predominately yeasty.
SrSilligoose (3091) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft in la jolla. sweet, malty, nice foamy head. not a bad beer. would have liked to visit the brewery. some vanilla. bread.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Torreyana Grille, La Jolla. This was excellent. Nice malty body, yet light and refreshing. Sweet, with a little spice. When Karl Strauss wants to, they can make beers as good as any of the top breweries in San Diego.
jb (2023) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at CityWalk in Universal City. This was superb. I’d call this one a dubbel. Clear reddish brown. Heavy lacing. Heavy, pungent brown sugar aroma and malty notes, also dried dark fruit. Palate has the plums, heavy candy sweetness, along with a tartness and a grainy backend. A bit spicy and peppery. Fantastic.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the La Jolla brewpub. Poured a deep dark brown with a thin white head. Nose was heavy bread and yeast. Flavors of Belgium yeast, and burn popcorn with some roasted malt. Full bodied. Decent brew, probably better if I was more into Belgiums.