kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Toad in the Hole. Pours a dark, cola-brown color; very light cocoa-colored head with lacing that coats the glass like paint; nice pour. Nicely dry, roasted aroma: cocoa, bitter chocolate, and heavily roasted malts; very bitter, but not necessarily from a hop note; heavily bittered roast. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lively bitterness, minerals, roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate; tastes almost bittersweet, like it could perpetually stand to breathe a little; tight carbonation, sharp bitterness; the juicy mineral and citrus hoppiness becomes more prominent as it warms, outshining the bitter chocolate core. Lasting, bitter mineral hops, bitter chocolate; perfectly dry, as always.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at toronado. Black with a fizzy white head. Faint roasty aroma. Burnt roasty taste with a good bitter bite. Good.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Trappist. Black with a tan head. Piney hops and roasty aroma. Great dark chocolate flavor with a strong piney and citrucy hop flavor as well. THey said this was an English style winter warmer and I have to agree that there was nothing Belgian about it. This walks a fine line of dark malt and hop flavor combinations, but the chocolate flavors go quite well with the hops.
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap toronado. Very dark and malty with lots of hop aroma. Just an ok brew.
Orion1800 (53) - Piedmont, California, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good looking stout. Though strong, the alcohol was masked by the smoky malt flavors. And the hops were quite well balanced, floral and a bit spicy.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(on-tap @ Cato’s) pint is a not overly dense, ruby-tinted black poured in a very full glass so no head, but a tan film hangs in there and leaves good lace. prominant floral hop nose on top of a very pretty chocolate maltiness. flavor is full of creamy dark malt character, blended with a spicy, floral hoppiness. nicely balanced, easy to drink beer.
I would have to say this is not a belgian-style ale in any sense.
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at HopYard. Pours an opaque dark brown with a lasting tan head. Very rich, creamy mouthfeel and surprisingly big body. Rich malty flavor with a slight molasses character. Slightly dry finish and late hint of alcohol. Nice.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma is devilish. white lacing remains on glass walls. flavor is molty, hoppy and bitter. leaves a clear well balanced bitterness on the palate.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Toronado. Black with a fairly small head. Now this puppy tastes intensely of malts and to a lesser extent chocolate. It is medium bodied, lighter than the color would indicate. Again, I could not make out much of an aroma except some maltiness.
marcus (8685) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado. This black ale poured with almost no head. The flavor is of roasted malt and treacle, with a lasting bitter finish. Overall, a very pleasant and rich brew.