SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Toronado. Brown/dark amber. Small off white head. Aroma of floral, bitter hops and lightly toasted malt. Similar flavor is a bit muted, some lightly resinous hops on the end. Medium/light body, smooth. Easy drinking, but would like a bit more flavor.
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On hand-pump at Toronado. Pours clear amber a dense and lacy off-white head. Light body, nearly still. Aroma of citrus, herbal hops and what appears to be rye... or maybe not. Light body, nearly still. Taste of cookie dough. Dry woody spice finish, that really gives me a n impression of rye. Hmmm.....
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the Green House Tavern in Sebastopol. Check it out! Psych. Pours dark reddish amber with a moderate offwhite head, good lace. Smells earthy hoppy, somewhat dark as well. Tastes hoppy and dark earthy sweet, slightly bitter, caramelly. The bitterness lingers nicely. Medium body, good carbonation.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Flavor in Santa Rosa. Medium copper-red amber color with a thin, fine, off-white head. Medium malt aroma with fruity malt sweetness and a bit of hops. Some grain astringency with "red" malt notes, a moderate hops backbone with some fruitiness to it, and finally some light roasted grain. Nicely balanced medium body with a nice grain fullness.
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from tap at Lanesplitter an amber color with small beige head. Aromas of woody pine and toasted hops. This beer has low carbonation and flavors of sweet malt then floral citrusy hops that give it a big dose of gratefruit and lingering bitterness. The palate is full with malt and has a nice balance with a slight sweetness mixed with a hoppy bitterness. I enjoyed this one. Flavored much like an IPA with more malt feel.
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the 5th Annual (2008) Triple Rock Firkin Fest. This ESB/Bitter pours a slightly cloudy medium orange gold color from the firkin. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is malty, fruity and sweet with a touch of hops. A medium bodied ESB. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are grapefruity and floral. Touch of oak. Nice balance. Soft round carbonation. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
bhensonb (13522) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Toronado. Very fruity/citrusy aroma. Dark mahogany color with a decent off-white head. Medium bodied with mild, creamy carbonation. It’s a bit of roasted malt, but mostly citrus and floral hop. Very smooth. Finishes nicely bitter. Very good and flavorful.
Braudog (6177) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at Toronado, SF. Ruddy brown with a foamy, airy head. Light body for a cask beer, but starkly woody and easily bittered. Nice British-style Brown Ale. (#3407, 4/11/2008)
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Toronado 1/4/08. Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Nose is muted but hoppy. Taste is sweet and hoppy and a little bitter.
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at the Toronado. 1/3/2008. Aroma of dark crystal malt, fruity esters, and strong green apple (acetaldehyde) notes. Poured dark brown with good clarity. Nice tan head with moderately low retention and good lacing. Flavors of dark crystal malt, dark brown sugar, and yeast. Fruity, citric flavors with a good level of hop bitterness in the finish. Some spicy hoppiness as well. Slight green apple favor in background. Between dark malts and hops, beer was fairly bitter overall. Medium-light body. Moderately low carbonation.