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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A deep amber ale with pronounced hop bitterness and aromatics, substantial and balanced.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 11, 2009
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2009
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...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4041) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 16, 2009
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
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).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2009
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 4, 2009
On cask at Toronado. Brown with a fluffy white head. Good citrus hops and grain taste. Quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (21898) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2009
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2009
On tap at Flavor in Santa Rosa. Dark amber color, dry bitter, tasty, tho. I liked it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5242) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Deep mahogany body with a khaki colored head. The aroma was caramel and bread. There was also some leather and oranges. The taste was bitter orange peels with some leather and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
On cask at Toronado SF. Damn tasty brew. Well made, very nice overall. Really does well on cask.


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