notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark ruby, with a fair thick, well-sustained lace - nose of earthy, herbal bitterness, some juniper, even a hint of smoke, all on top of a moderately sticky malt base - smooth carbonation in the mouth - a bit of caramel/toffee-ish sweetness, but the hops take center stage from the middle through the finish - a bit of spruce/woody quality - a hint of peaty character - a tad more unique than I typically expect from this brewery.
Nik925 (786) - USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amazing aroma. Great malt and balanced but still nicely over hopped. The Lag. limited releases rarely disapoint and this is one is quite good.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep red with off white head, aroma is some citrusy hops, moving into nice chocolate and caramel flavors with a nice sweet roasted and bitter finish. Good brew, especially for 8%.
Frank (3976) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazed red brown color. Small but creamy head of fine bubbles, lace in patchy rings. Nose is American hops, sweet orange and pine. Flavor follows but is a lot more apricotty w/ the slightest hint of roasted malts. Mild carbonation but slightly watery. Finishes w/ a mild, hoppy bitterness. Overall a nice beer but it has about 5% ABV worth of flavor when itís nearly 8%
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer tastes like burnt toast and red wine vinegar. Smells of pine and prison dust. Iím glad this is a limited release, considering that, from every sip that Iíve had, I feel like Iím pouring shovel-sized quantities of plant soil down my throat. Pretty timid bite and a weird flavor matching makes this American Strong Ale a little...traumatic.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to elnadeau for sharing, bonus points to Lagunitas for a great name.
This is a nice, ballsy brown ale thatís packed with a lot of flavor. I liked it.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Copper brown with medium to tan head. Aroma is very typical Lagunitas with caramel sweet, big floral, a touch of booze, nuts, and tinge of citrus hop. Flavor is easy starting sweet floral and light caramel and touch of sweeter fruits. Great.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This finally showed up in Colorado and for my money I really feel like I get a good value out of Lagunitas beers. This was brown but almost chestnut, light brown. It smelled like a brown ale and nothing special at that but the taste was a real departure. The flavor was super hoppy to me, almost like an IPA or something, very cool.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-01-2010 14:43:01
Tmoney99 (13347) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured dark ruby brown color with an average frothy white head that lasted and produced fair lacing. Moderate complex toasted malt and citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a solid bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a solid complex beer.
Aquilo (622) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a thin brown rocky head. Aroma is orange and tangerine, with a bit of pine, and an underlying caramel robustness. Snappy bitter flavor, with a robust malty finish. Very pleasant all around.