Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is far too dominated by one-sided, unbalanced bitterness. It is dark amber with a big, dense light tan head that lasts and leaves rich lacing, looking very good as is typical for Moonlight. The aroma is mostly grapefruity hops with a hint of pine and a hint of grain. The taste is mostly grapefruity an lemon-pulp hops, very bitter from the start, with a hint pf pine. A hint of toasted grain becomes noticeable, especially in the finish and aftertaste, bit it is too little, too late. It’s very bitter and drying, uncomplex, one sided, and lacking body for the bitterness. It’s like an English bitter with less flavour and much more bitterness. I don’t see the point in this one.
omhper (22763) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Toronado, San Francisco. Brownish amber, small head. Perfumy grapefruity nose. medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Some cookie malt and caramel, long very bitter finish. Very direct and assaulting. Lovely surface but not much depth.
riversideAK (6040) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Beachwood BBQ. Copper color with a white head. A mild to strong citrus aroma with a little tropical fruit as well. Flavor is strong and hoppy with a nice toasted malt backbone. The hops domiante this ESB with notes of grapefruit, pine, and pineapple. This is a fine ale. Lots of dryness. Would probably go very well with spicy food. It went amazing with BBQ.
Ibrew2or3 (7960) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lanesplitter in Berkeley, CA. It pours a clear amber with tan head. The aroma is vaguely malty mixed with pine hops. Overall the aroma is mild. The taste is malty with crystal malts followed up by dryer roasted malts. A nice pine hop bitterness jumps in to accompany the malts. It tastes like a little brother of Stone’s ABA. I also get some mild fruitiness.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009
Name: Twist of Fate Bitter
Date: August 22, 1998
Source: Toronado, San Francisco
Appearance: (cask) dark amber, thin light tan head
Aroma: light malt aroma
Flavor: light malt flavor, slightly sour (turning?), no hop flavor or bitterness
Aroma: 3/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 2/10; Palate: 2/10; Overall: 5/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught (cask), Toronado.
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), with a note of black tea.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many times at Barclay’s, Toronado and Lanesplitter. Very easy drinking. Very balanced. Great malt and hop flavors. Get it on cask if you can, the hop bitterness is softer. A great west coast take on a quaffable, British inspired brew.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Toronado. Beer is cloudy, medium caramel brown with a small, white, frothy, diminishing head. Chunky lacing.<P>Malty with light notes of biscuit and toasted grain; Light/moderate hop notes of grassy herbal, lemon zest, resin; Light yeast note of cellar; Light miscellaneous note of under-ripe banana.<P>The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, trace acidic with a long, moderately-building-to-heavily bitter, lightly sweet finish.<P>The body is medium, the texture is watery/velvety and the carbonation is soft/still.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
27April07. On cask @ Toronado dark reddish brown, great lacing! aroma of malt. flavors of a woody hop. great malt balance. easy drinking.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(On tap - cak - Toronado) Clear, amber golden with a dense and lasting, off-white head leaving laces. Somewhat earthy nut aroma - a tad fusty. Soft and somewhat flat mouthfeel. Fairly light body with notes of nuts and caramel and then a rather bitter finish. 250307