Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colour. Big head. Chocolatey, slightly plummy, toasty, grapefruity aroma. Toasty character with light citrus accents. With its blend of subtle roastiness and overt hoppiness, it reminds me a lot of Black Toque, but with more grapefruit and an extra splash of booze.
19Ei8hty (1110) - Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Porter-inspired dry, smokey, bitter chocolate malt base with a pronounced, stale hoppy finish. Dry plums also.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint. and a nitro smaple Draft at the Hedge House, Portland. Medium brown color, hazy, thin off-white head and great lacing throughout the pint. Piney hop nose from arms distance. Some alcohol evident at close range, smelling like a strong Barleywine, with sweet malts even present in the nose as caramel and fresh bread. Big bodied and sweet at first sip. Some peaty/raison notes in the middle and finishes clean and hoppy. A bit fiery at first few swallows but not as evident about halfway through the pint. Rather good!!!
cathcacr (622) - Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 On draft from the Oaks Bottom Public House in SE Portland (Sellwood dist.). LSD, as it was called there. Very ESBy but with a considerably stronger/more intense flavor profile than usual for the style. Quite sweet.
On re-rate from the bottle: Smoked elements very prominent. This almost presents as an old ale.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
First - yes, I checked many times straong, not strong.
Draft. mahogony color with a nice off-white head. Low roasty, slight hop, slight smoke aroma. Balanaced smoke, malt, roast, fruity hops. Lingering fruit, smoke, and malt. Medium body. Nice balance. Well made beer.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is sweet malt forward with caramel, roast and some bready notes. Appearance is dark brown with a light tan head. Flavor is roast and caramel forward, well blended. Overall complexity is low, with a clean finish, but not too dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low/medium carb feel. Overall, very easy drinking, well made, and extremely clean for the style.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Rogue Bones and Brew festival. This dark brown ale poured with a frothy off-white head. The flavor is initially matly with a long bitter hop finish.
thedm (4849) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This draft brew from the brew pub poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a opaque no visible carbonation black colored body. The strong stout-like aroma was brown malt and dark malt. The mouth feel was smooth at the start and mediumly tingly at the finish hoppy aftertaste. The stout-like flavor contained notes of hops roasted malt and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at the 5th Quadrant during ABA Beer Tour 07 as "LSD" (Lompoc Strong Draft). Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a creamy off-white head that has good retention. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, molasses some dark pitted fruits and flowery hops. Taste is full bodied, very light carbonated with flavors of dark bready malt, molasses and plenty of smoked wood. Finish is sweet, a little leathery texture and then a dry smokey malt aftertaste.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Horse Brass Pub. Pours a dark mahogany ruddy brown color with a huge head of pillowy beige foam. The nose is sweet and fruity with notes of plum, brown sugar, and a hint of smokey maple. A gentle grassy breeze blows lazily in the background. Medium-full bodied, creamy carbonated mouthfeel that gives this one a borderline nitrogenated creaminess. Too much residual sugar leaves a ton of chewy caramel melanoidins on the front of the palate. This mingles with some leathery roast characters and more of that smokey maple syrup. A healthy wave of hops drys up the palate considerably, but doesn’t really add much flavor, or other dimensions for that matter, then a blast of white grapefruit rind in the final smack. This flavor doesn’t seem to fit well with the fruity, sweet malt characters, but it definitely helps give it the impression of being lighter bodied and less sugary. Flavors are pretty good, but a drier attenuation with more hop flavor and less hop bitterness would suit my tastes better.