williamherbert (1384) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Puffy off-white head ahbove a dark, glassy copper color. Massive upswim of tiny carbonation bubbles. Chunky, milky lace.
Nicely balanced bitter-on-bitter aroma. First hops, then toasted malt. Hops are of the California, pine variety. In the malt, burnt dark chocolate and coffee notes. Smells dark; malt wins the battle.
Burnt chocolate malt sets the table for all the other flavors. Some smokyness. Hops come out in the aftertaste. Could use a tad more sweetness for balance, but quite pleasant.
Feels milkyh and leaves a nice malty layer. A good -- if not spectactular -- amber ale. Just a nibble of bitterness in the malt. Smooth and very mellow.
brokensail (13245) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark amber beer with a bit of off-white head on top. There is a nice caramel and toffee sweetness with a touch of cocoa and dark fruit. Definitely a bit of oxidation, but not really the cardboard variety. Just a touch of citrus peel on the flavor to go with some other sweeter fruits like raisins. A bit of chocolate/cocoa, toffee, and caramel. Some subtle oxidation, but like the nose, nothing that really detracts from the beer.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Fitfully off-kilter for a Zappa-inspired ale. The sweetness takes hold as soon as the liquid hits your palate, delving into near sweet-tea territory, before gaining a British fruit/nut/yeast backbone that does nothing to alleviate the cloying flavors piling up on your tongue. The American Brown Ale finish you so desire never comes along, leaving you with a pint much too sweet to savor. (1/09)
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to coleman! Deep amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is tomato juice, sugar malts, and dark fruits. Probably a little oxidized. But it's not too bad.
reebtogi (4819) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650mL bottle poured a deep amber color with a big off-white head that left some spotted lacing behind. Aroma of lightly roasted malts and caramel. Big malty sweet taste with some hints of chocolate and a mild hoppy bitterness in the finish. Nicely carbonated, but the body is a little thin leaving a little disappointing mouthfeel. A good beer, but nothing special.
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one probably got an extra point for the cool Zappa pic on the front of it, but not a bad american strong ale.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Lagunitas fan for this. Believe it was a few years old? Huge Apricot nose. THinnish body with the apricot taking center stage in the mouth. A bit non descript, though still very drinkable.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oh so much thanks to Lagunitasfan for providing this beer from my oh so favorite brewery in the whole world. Pours almost non-transparent, which doesnít make much sense...dark amber...head is weird and ugly, one-sided and stupid. Nose was a few days off, oxidation, vegital, watery caramel. Flavors are pretty watery and non-existent, really. Flavors arent overly off though... some burnt sugar and other things sticking around but everything else pretty much lost at this point. Not offensive though.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still trying to become #1 Lagunitas rater. If someone stumbles upon this while looking over Lagunitas stuff, and you have Lag brews Iíve not rated, hit me up! This was fun to crack open and share, but definitely past its prime. Nose sweet malty. Taste oxidized but drinkable.
Damico (2904) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours copper in color with a sandy head. The aroma has pretty much died at this point, the yeast is mostly spent bringing some raw dough yeast. The flavor brings malts, sweetness has died. There is no hop profile at all either, obviously. The body has remained as it should.
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with jerc & mabel - Dec 22/08. Sunset amber-red with a small off-white head. Fairly sweet aroma - brown sugar and barley candy - with fruity, apricot-accented hops. Flavour is big and balanced, with interesting fruit notes, and a slightly astringent finish. Booze comes through a bit strong as it ends as well.