CheersMate (1337) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2011
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
22 oz. bottle of the "Special Draft". Picked this bad boy up at the local QFC for $3.99. This beer is dark brown, nearly black, in appearance. It had quite the fluffy head, at first, but now itís thin and wispy. Thereís not really much to the aroma other than some yeast, banana, and subtle smoke. Itís kind of an odd combination, but it works. Wow, the beer has a very unique flavor. Iím seeing a drain pour in my near future. I get a smoke flavor, at first, and then it just falls into something rather nasty. This beer has a rotten vegetable and metallic flavor. Very astringent. Tastes like someone broke open a bunch of herbal capsules and put them into a beer. This isnít good. Fucking drain pour. The texture is decent. Nothing in this beer makes sense.
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Color is a shade of dark brown with a good inch of chocolate mocha foam. Aroma is milk chocolate, caramel, smoked malts and a little bit of floral hops in the background. Taste begins with a strong shot of light roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roast malt and brown sugar. Also some citrus and herbal hops notes at the end. Mouthfeel is mildly creamy with average carbonation and a dry, smoky finish with some hops bitterness. Overall, an enjoyable ASA that tastes a bit like a strong Stout with a hops kick.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. from Chuckís. Great dark malty brew. Slight touches of porter. Smells like chai and chocolate. Finishes like an imperial stout. This beer is great!
Travlr (20325) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at 5th Quadrant. Aroma of silky, rich chocolate. Taste is smooth dark chocolate. Very nice.
Zymurgeist2 (1695) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 20, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
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 (3050) - 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 (13508) - , 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 (4484) - 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.