chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am really starting to like this style.
A beautiful beer. Rich dark and red-tinted with a tall tan head and wonderful lacing and retention.
Aroma is all over the place with biscuit, red licorice, prune juice, and vanilla extract. Curiously, I wonder if there isn’t a pinch of Belgian yeast in there as well.
The flavor is not so complicated. But it is very pleasant. Heavier fruity malts (there’s that Belgian slant again.) A strong and balancing hoppiness. (I am so used to drinking hoppy beers that this beer seems normal to me.) Taste is consistent.
Mouthfeel is medium heavy. Couple with the malt is seems to border on syrupy. The only thing that saves this beer from being a little cloying is a medium carbonation that keeps the beer alive on the tongue.
Overall I think this is a really good beer. The label is funny as hell in a political way. Nice job, Lagunitas.
commonshawn (738) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at new bohemia. Short pour. Light amber with medium white fuzzy head. Malty nose. Really nice balance. Malt but well balanced. High sugar. Great body. Liked it.
miyauchi38 (980) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
c1raider (98) - New York, USA - AUG 25, 2015
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Stereotypical ale up front followed by a deep, yet suttle, chocolate and coffee notes. Good but don’t need to find again.
commonmac (762) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Butcher and the Boar in the Beer Garden. Brown in color like the rich color you’d find on a dresser at HOM Furniture. Plenty of head...like a half finger. Aroma has some elements of dark fruit and sweetness but is overall more muted than expected. Taste leans on sugary notes with chocolate, cherry, and maybe prune. Finish almost feels like it has coffee characteristics. Very roasted malt presence throughout. Slight oily mouthfeel with a nice finish. Feels like a starter version of a Belgian variety. There are better Lagunitas options but I still enjoy it more than most.
John25 (1245) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Top notch brown ale. Dark copper color. Chocolate, dark fruit, piney aroma. The taste is caramel and toffee with grains and pine. Bitterness on the finish. Smooth and semi-rich. Really good, drinkable and complex. Highly recommended.
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Forgy (10) - - JUL 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good brown ale; in fact the best brown ale I've had. Sinful' review just before mine is a perfect deScription of it!
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sinfull (1195) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish/ brown color ; medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of malt , caramel , toffee ,grain , hoppy herbal and citrus notes . Caramel malt dominate in taste , moderate hoppy bitterness.
jflopsu (886) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown-amber. Has a light hop, fruit, malt, and pine. Has a sweet malt and hop taste of caramel, citrus, fruits, and some nuts. A lingering bitter malt and hop aftertaste but not overwhelming.
chinchill (3354) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. (from notes)
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep mahogany color with an off-white head that has moderate size and retention. Numerous spots of lacing are left on the glass.
Smell: Clearly loaded with both roasted malts and hops, with piney-fruity-herbal hops dominate. Slight booziness apropos the ABV.
Taste: A good bit of sweetness from the malts hits the tongue first, but this quickly turns mildly bitter and remains so all through the aftertaste. Some sweetness lasting into the finish, nonetheless. Slight earthy, but a bit more fruity with hints of dried apricots. Overall, a nice, rich and complex flavor. [4.25]
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Slight dryness in the finish. The aroma (more than a bit similar to an aged Hopslam) led me to expect a solid hop/alcohol bite on my tongue, but this was not the case with this rather easy-to-drink brew.
Overall: A satisfying and tasty brew. If you think you’d like a brown or red ale/IPA crossover, you’ll probably like this beer.
rdixon77 (1699) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old rating. Reddish brown. Super hopped malty ale. Big citrus and piney bitterness over a caramel body, didn't get much chocolate. Pretty sweet.