Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The best of their sampler. A decent amount of hops and a touch of malt. Pretty good for a maligned style often horribly mangled by chain brewpubs.
cmc619 (433) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
About time I rated this San Diego classic. From bottle into regular pint glass. Pours an attractive, dark red-brown. Head is thinnish and dies in a minute, although I’m not confident that this glass is "beer clean." Aroma is doppelbock--hopless sweet malt. Flavor is pretty well-rounded (within sweet overall). This beer feels great on the tongue; palate is perfectly balanced. I think I’ve had this beer fresher before, so this rating might be higher on another review.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer poured a brown color w/ orange highlights; thin lasting head and medium lasting lacing. The aroma had malt, and caramel, but it was thin. The flavor had a hint of chocolate and caramel, malts, and a hint of candy. The mouthfeel was lt to medium bodied, and creamy.
Sask89 (418) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at La Jolla location. Pours a clear deep amber colour with a small tan head. Aroma is largely of caramel malts, with a slight hoppy backbone. Taste is sweet up front with a nice bold bitterness through the finish. Medium bodied, creamy mouth feel, and softer carbonation. Overall this was my favourite of the Karl Strauss brews I tried.
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a redish brown hue with a white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is of dried fruit - mainly prunes and raisins, nuts.
Flavor is malty, musky, and has a lot of toffee in the end note.
Couldnt feel that much carbonation weirdly enough.
Interesting tasting beer - i don’t like the muskiness and maltiness of it though.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A deep amber color with a lacing head barely noticeable on the surface. A Bitter edge right up front with a metallic taste. God...I hate metallic. A little malty in taste and aroma. Hated it.
miyauchi38 (356) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
badhack (348) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red, malty, dark caramel flavor without being obnoxious. Sweetness under control. I thought the aroma was similar. Slightly nutty, mild bitterness.
mattyhennessy (348) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep red colour. Caramel aroma. Currant and Caramel flavor, sweet with little hop finish. Medium carbonation. A good red ale
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It started off good, but as it is with all Karl Strauss beers, they start to taste like ass as they warm. Decent, but I would never buy it for myself