Fantomasus (216) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown amber with a slightly disappointing off white head. Aroma started out rather pleasant but wound up smelling like paste? I almost wonder if I got a bad bottle? Taste is nice and well balanced. Mouth is slightly oily but there is a nice lingering bitter. The whole package overcomes some shortcomings... Would drink again.
itsamber (18) - - NOV 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is very metallic. Flavor has the sweetness of dried fruit but as the aroma a little metallic. Still enjoyable.
steview (1026) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped by the brewery in Petaluma and bought a growler. Bartender said it’s a brown ale. It is like a barleywine that was aged a bit, but retained a fresh hop presence. I really dig it. Lots of sweet caramel and some juicy hop flavor.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"nice presentation, and i like most of the flavor aspects in here, but together, theres a little too much going on...a slight miss from Lagunitas. It’s got potential, though. i’ll revisit in 09
outlawskies (424) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Julie says nice she likes that. She scores it's a 3.9 nice darkly good flavor almost taste like a barley wine even though it is a strong ale
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Elwood (3332) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: Bottle. Dark amber pour with a small off white head. Nice dried fruit notes in the nose with a little sweet bread and earthy hops. Sweet at first with caramel, date, fig, dried apple, and bread. An earthy bitterness comes in from the hops, but it only provides some balance to the malt. Slightly warming finish.
fitwitchik (360) - USA - AUG 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bomber into a Lagunitas pint glass a dark reddish brown with a tan head.
Aroma is fruity booze like a fig newton with a chaser.
Flavor is incredible! A rich brown sugared malted raisin. The booze edge is subtle yet balanced.
An exceptional American strong ale!
cernjoh (140) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved this beer. It had great dark fruit and molasses in the aroma. Appearance was a dark clear rusty amber color with a huge three finger tan head. The head hung around quite a while. Taste ... well I loved it. Sweet but not too sweet. Dark fruits, molasses and some light hops. Palate is smooth, creamy, with a good balance of carbonation. Excellent brew, reminds me of an aged Rubin and the Jets. Highly recommended. Cheers!
CardsFan25 (62) - - AUG 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour from a bomber with about two fingers of a light tan head. Fig, toffee, and a hint of alcohol on the nose. Taste is fig up front followed by molasses and brown sugar. Overall a decent beer.
reberiii (344) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty dark fig nose, touch of toffee. Hop bitter on the back of the tongue, good malt middle, and finishes bitter. Bit of molasses in the middle.
Darkmagus82 (1781) - - AUG 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-24-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a dark amber color with a two finger white head. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading to give a light level of lacing.
Smell – The smell is a mix of dark fruits (fig and raisin), a bready smell, as well as some hop. While the hops were largely citrus in nature, there were other smells of a floral and pine hop as well.
Taste – A sweeter dark fruit and malt taste greet the tongue. A citrus hop which is on the sweeter side is upfront, but bitters more as the taste advances transitioning more toward a grapefruit flavor toward the end of the taste. With the change in the citrus hop there also comes the presence of a light pine and herbal hop flavor. In the end the mix of the hops , dark fruits, and the nice malt flavors leave a smoother and pleasant taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the creamier and smoother side with a carbonation level that was just below average. The creamy body was quite nice for the sweet dark fruit and lighter hops as it allowed all the flavors to really be detected by the tongue.
Overall –A nice easy drinking brew at 9% abv. It was creamy and smooth with all the flavors working in concert with one another to create a very nice flavor profile.