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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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A Portland Classic! This strong ale has a deep mahogany color and is crafted with seven different specialty malts. A touch of smoked malt gives it a complex aroma and incredible flavor. LSD is also generously hopped with six hop varieties to help create an awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15625) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Draft at 5th Quadrant. Aroma of silky, rich chocolate. Taste is smooth dark chocolate. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymurgeist2 (1266) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Massive chocolate and malt aroma. Beautiful. Pours a hazy brown with garnet all around. Khaki head slowly ebbs. Medium-thin mouthfeel up front leads to a full more-rounded finish. Slight cola but otherwise a nice toffee, roasted and smooted taste. Chocolate blends with some coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
A caramel woodiness starts with a faint dark chocolate note. Deep mahogany with creamy beige head. A complex sweet flavor, traces of brown sugar and leather. Medium body but delicate carbonation. Trace amounts of smoke make for an interesting and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Pour is a deep brown color with ruby highlights. A small off white head is present, too. Aroma is chocolate, shitty coffee, and slight fruitiness from faded hops. Taste follows with chocolate, a nice roastiness, and a slight bitterness in the finish. Slightly thin bodied. Very stout-like beer. Wish I would have tried this fresh, but for having never heard anything about lompoc I was pleasantly surprised with how good this offering was.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
28-Apr-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 30-Dec-09 for $4.24 at www.liquidsolutions.net) "Special Draft" doesnít sound all that impressive, but this is a very flavorful and enjoyable beer. Medium-brown in color with slight haze and several chunkies settling out quickly, the beer pours half an inch of tan-colored head that settles to a wide ring fairly quickly, leaving a few spots of lace. Aromas of roast, earth, chocolate, dark toast, beer jerky, and a touch of grassy hops are somewhat mirrored on the palate by flavors of burnt toast, dark-roasted malt, charred wood, and medium-bitter, grassy hops, but the slight ashiness in the finish seems a little harsh after awhile. Medium in body, fairly dry, moderately carbonated. A really pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10655) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Bottle shared by Dennis at Paulís tasting. Pours black. Nose of roasted chocolate malts, brown sugar, light molasses and toffee. Taste of toffee, light caramel, brown sugar and light honey molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3692) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
For some reason the brewer calls this Lompoc Special Draft instead of Strong Draft on the bottle. This poured a very rich dark ruby-brown color with a big tan head with huge bubbles. Nose of roasted caramel malts and some floral hops. Body is rich and heavy and the mouthfeel is creaml and smooth. The flavor is on the malty side with some ripe fruit and hops. This is very easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Tap @ Taphouse Grill. Opaque dark brown pour with a tan head and moderate lace. Start is slick and almost the right weight, but it lightens up quickly. Complex aroma of bitter chocolate, dates, licorice and hints of coffee, cherry and clove. Finish is fairly short and dry, with a slight milky sweetness. Body is only medium weight: a bit heavier and some slickness or oiliness in the mouth would make this ale outstanding. As it stands, itís very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Picked this up at a grocery store in Portland not knowing what to expect. Brought back to Seattle and realized that this is an incredibly complex ale. Pours fairly dark and gives the impresion of a strong london porter. Toffee on various levels, a touch of roast, licorice-like, some diacetyl, and a bit of peat...finishes a little sweet. I honestly could not distinguish the 6 hop varieties used, but could pick up a bit of citrus and some woody undertones. I would love to try this on draft next time Iím in the area.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
light aroma. Pours a dark copper, thin tan head. Burnt malt, sweetish finish. Somewhat oily mouthfeel.

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