SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Toronado during RBSG09. Copper brown color with a creamy beige head. Lots of resiny and herbal hops in the nose with some dark toast as well. Caramel and toasted malt wit lots of spicy and piney hops. This is really hoppy for the style, but has a nice balance. Toronado does cask right and this has a perfectly smooth mouthfeel. Its getting to the point where I don’t even have to ask what kind of beer it is, if it’s from Moonlight it’s going to rock.
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. A hazy amber beer with a lazing orangey head. The aroma has notes of citrusy hops and a bit of malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of hops on a lightly malty caramel back ground, leading to a bitter finish.
Nuffield (3754) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting. I think this was a fine beer but it caught me a bit by surprise at how West Coast it was. Sweet edge, with some British fruitiness, including cherry. Then layers of caramel. Not bad, though more bitter than a bitter should be, in my palate’s judgment. (hand-pulled tap at the Toronado)
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Coppery amber color with a long lasting, creamy, tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is nutty with caramel and maybe a little bit of orangey hop influence. Flavor is deep dark caramel and maple syrup up front which melts into a piney resinous hoppy finish. Moderate bitterness. A little heavy on the palate for the style. Pretty good beer overall.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask @ Toronado. Pours a deep amber color with a lacing offwhite head. Sweet, roasted nut aroma. Sweet, bready body, a little nutty with a bit of a bitter, roasted almond finish. Easily drinkable and tasty, what a concept...
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 On cask at Toronado in San Francisco. Medium-dark brown in color with a white head. Aroma is caramel malt and hops. Flavor is more of the same, with a little malty sweetness and a dry, bitter finish. Palate is average, nothing stands out. I am not a huge fan of the style, but this is definitely a good example.
EDIT 1/24/2010: Had this again, same serving type. This really is a great example of the style. Nice creamy-looking head that lasts and very good earthy hop aroma and flavor. Crisp and drinkable. Upping aroma from 6 to 7, appearance from 3 to 4, and overall from 14 to 16.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado, San Francisco, with Phyllis, 24th Mar 09. A bit murky dark amber. Lots of caramel malt, almost stale and lots of bitterness but the two halves feel detached - you get one then the other (reminds me of another beer that did that, but I can’t remember what that was).
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a liter mug at Gestalt in San Francisco. Nice dark amber pour with a indistinct white head. Decent caramel aroma and a nice bitter bite and very easy to drink in large amounts.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at Toronado. Brown with a fluffy white head. Good citrus hops and grain taste. Quite good.
anders37 (18693) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol, CA. Pours a dark amber color color with a small off-white head. Has a malty hoppy caramel aroma. Sweetish malty hoppy caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish with a slighlty bitter aftertaste.