Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Woodshop 5.0. Pours medium brown with a small off white film. Nose if candied dark fruits with light oxidation and alcohol present. Slightly hopped and bitter on the finish.
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to lagunitasfan! Pours a brown color with small tan head. Oxidation is present, but not enough to kill it. Dried fruit and citrus hops. Flavor has good dried fruit, caramel, honey and some citrus hops. Good for the age. Thanks Tim!!
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this in a trade from beerman101. I was thrilled just to finally pop this one. And what a pop it was! The cap bounced off the ceiling and hit somebody, but no gush. Golden copper color. Taste is sweet and malt and a light pepper in the finish. Past its prime probably, but still complex, interesting, and good. And yes, it tasted like a Lagunitas beer.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Lagunitas Fan!!
Appearance: Pours a light brown with a modest sudsy gathering atop.
Aroma: Big oxidation notes, dried tropical fruit.
Taste: Bitter hops and dark fruit.
Mouthfeel: Very flat and thick.
Oveerall: Very tasty.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Lagunitas fan at Woodshop 5.0. Porus brown. Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet, rich, a little bitter.
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle sampled at the DC Local tasting. Pours a translucent, copper amber with a creamy, slightly off white head. Aroma is strong with big raisin aromas at the front, leather, brown sugar, booze, port. Flavor is totally sweet, raisins, strong caramel, brown sugar, cookie dough. The finish is sweet and drinkable and not nearly as heavy as you’d think. Holding up very well.
argo0 (12115) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Clear garnet/brown body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous, grapefruit, some raisin, light pine. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, light vinous. Medium body, some acidity.
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t know, I am going to guess they made this once for their 3000th batch and that it is 4 years old and needs to be retired by now. It was shared by beerguy101, thanks Mitch, at the RBSG’09 Grand Tasting. This was one of the few non-sour beers there that I rated and really looked forward to beforehand. I kept bothering Mitch to break it out til he finally did, I may have been the first pour. This is really funny because usually I couldn’t give a rats ass about Lagunitas but I wanted this and I was not disappointed. The pour give me a nice dark brown copper color. Aroma is sweet raisin, not sugary though, just sweet raisin with straight up Russian tea behind that, I swear I am smelling tea that I would get to try on the train in Russia with about 2 cubes of sugar in it. I like it and it really sucks me into the beer and makes me disregard the craziness of RBSG around me. The flavor losses some of that sweet tea and comes off more like a barleywine. However, the alcohol is extremely well hidden, I would have been even more sensitive to it at this point but I could not find it, I loved that part. And the age was not coming through it if was indeed that old. I only had 2 other aged Strong beers that night (HW BAOS and FFTW RB edition) and this was surviving much better than both (almost definitely b/c it is not barrel aged) and was the best of the bunch. It was also not slick or heavy like a lot of Strong Ales, made it very easy to drink especially that night. My first really good experience with Lagunitas in a while.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the grand tasting, thanks a lot. Copper color. Very aged aroma and flavor. Dark fruit with old hops. Getting a little passed its prime, but still pleasant to drink. Lagunitas has mastered the art of making a high quality american strong ale.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, Rating #3400. Poured rich coppery-amber with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up rich toasted caramel, toffee, and brown sugar notes with mild herbal and spicy floral highlights.. rather syrupy with definite degradation (but in a decent way).. alcohol was present only as a tickle on the back of the nose. The flavor was centered around aged caramel and brown sugar with molasses and lesser anise rolling outward.. dry leafy and herbal notes at the edges that probably used to be bitter hops.. tobacco joined at the finish along with some citrusy notes. Heavier-bodied, still with lively carbonation on the palate.. very dry at the end.. tasty, but a bit past its prime.