thetmaxx (899) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into my Karl Strauss glass. Aroma is caramel, and burnt. Smells like a amber. Flavor is similar, sweet, caramely, blah. Too much like a amber for my liking. I don’t detect the alcohol. It is thick and oily on the tounge.
bhensonb (13856) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred can fix ya up! Pours dark ruddy copper with no head. Aroma is dark fruit with touches of treacle and light spice. Smooth aroma. Full bodied. No trace of heat. Flavors of darkish fruit, touch of treacle, and a fair amount of grapeish malt. Some warming does show in the finish. Amazingly gracious ale.
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours a nice caramel color with just a whisp of off-white head, very fizzy and thin head. Aroma is dried fruits, caramel and candied sugar. Taste follows the nose with just a bit of dried fruits and some spices. I needed to try one of these now and then lay it down for a year or more.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear deep brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet caramel and vanilla aroma and taste with a toasted grain finish.
BucannonXC5 (1390) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a draft into a tulip at Karl Strauss in downtown San Diego, Calif. Maybe a ½-inch of head. Color appeared to be dark red on the top, but closer to black when looking at it straight on from the sides. Light lacing on the top. Light film on the sides.
Smelled of caramel malts. Also butter, roasty hops and some dark fruits.
Complex flavors that roll of the tongue beautifully. There was a floral/fruity front with a enjoyable smooth finish.
Full body. Average carbonation. Smooth rules the day.
I really liked this beer. The taste is obviously much better than the smell. It just feels so good on the tongue.