Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Pour is murky red/brown with a small white head. Aroma and flavor are both of sweet caramel, grass, herbal, brown sugar, and toasted bread. Some hints of dark fruits on the finish. One of my favorites from the event.
Windbiscuit (1) - - JAN 3, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
For Godís sake, what is the point of having 5 stars in a rating system if not for a beer like this deep, coppered gem? I found it to be the jewel in the crown of the Magnolia Gastropub. Rich, full bodied, velvety, complex, balanced, and with a strong character of raisins. All the good qualities of a Belgian ale without the yeastiness and wheat overtones. Not to mention the fact that it has a kick on it like a mule! I was infatuated at first sip, and in full fledged love by the middle of the pint.
lusikka (7681) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Magnolia Pub & Brewery. Rated on 15.10.2012.
Pours a deep murky ruby colour with a whitr head. Aroma of sweet sweet caramel, grass and wood. Flavour is really smooth with caramel malts, wood, sourish lingonberries, raisins and nuts. Fairly complex finish with sourish berries and raisins. Dessert, and not a bad one at all. Will improve after aging.
brokensail (15754) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber pour with an off-white head. Floral hops with a slight herbal note. Some sweet toffee, brown sugar, and toasted bread malt notes. A hint of dark fruits on the nose. Some toast, mild roast, and brown sugar sweetness on the palate. A bit of dark fruit, some floral hops, a hint of alcohol, and someone chocolate.
Frank (3971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Though I wasnít aware of it at the time, this is my 2000th rating. I had big plans for this rating and was turning over what Iíd do for it in my mind for months. Just as in life, w/ craft beer sometimes the big moments come about unexpectedly and you just gotta roll w/ it.
I had this on draft at the brewpub. It pours nearly black w/ a big creamy white head of mostly fine bubbles, which is rather long lasting. This one reminds me quite a lot of port wine and w/ a boozy, well-aged sort of character. Subtle earthy hopping and a rich, toasty grain character round things out. This is a pretty nice example of an old ale from a brewery that seems to make some really nice English-style brews in general.
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap @GABF-pours dark copper with a tan head. Aroma is soft medium malt. Taste is sweet medium malt-toffee, some earthy/spice hops. Slight sour. (Told that its showing its age a bit)
pushkinwow (2551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Magnolia. Light brown almost no head but what there is, is light tan. Booze, plum, prune, little sour but also slightly sweet. Over carbonated, taste is actually combination of sweet, slightly bitter and a bit of tang and unfortunately not well balanced. Dry and and slightly sour on the finish. Interesting beer, might have enjoyed more if it handít been at 10am with brunch but still seemed like it needed a bit of work.
galensmith (29) - Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Magnolia. Where to begin with this one? Pours a dark dark amber with a thick off-white head. Complex aromas of roasted malt, hops, butterscotch and caramel. More bitter than I expected, although the sweet tastes of caramel and chocolate still linger. The menu indicates this guy is around 9 percent, and I believe it. Heavy as hell... took me a good hour to polish this off (although I had just finished their Pub Burger, so donít fault me there). Reminds me of a cross between an Arrogant Bastard and Porter... very interesting.
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the brewpub on 8/4/10. Pretty sure this isnít the bourbon barrel version, so I entered as a new entry. Clear copper pour with a medium beige head. Fruity aroma with dank malt and a bit of hop. Caramel malt flavor with some fruity character and a thick sweet finish.