Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jtclockwork (8915) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
hayduke (3468) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
22415brewery (378) - redmond, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
light aroma. Pours a dark copper, thin tan head. Burnt malt, sweetish finish. Somewhat oily mouthfeel.
skoisirius (1763) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this! Very toasty and caramel malty on the aroma with a touch of what seemed to be spice. Smooth body feel on the palate as malts swipe over the tongue. Nicely placed touch of peaty smoke inside the body, which transfers over into a wide ranged blend of hops. Fairly grapefruity towards the finish. Mildly complex, and a tiny bit different in general. Dug it!!
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the Horse Brass Pub. Brown with a thick head. The aroma has sweet caramel, light smoke, and pine and grapefruit hop notes. The flavor is malty and lightly smokey with a nice rich crystal malt character but restrained sweetness. Hops are generous and pine/grapefruit, just sticking out over the malt. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a rich texture. A pretty cool beer that gets a nice amount of smoke in a malty and hoppy strong ale.