OldGrowth (2875) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pint at Road in the hole. Cask. Ok aroma sweet. Little grass, Little caramel little Apple. Clean reddish Orange color. Good head and lace. Bitter flavor. Lite body thin smooth mouthfeel. Dry bitter finish. It’s ok. Nice lingering bitter finish. Fine bitter.
mjg74 (2736) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hand pump, Toronado. Pours is dark amber/ruby. Strong malty aroma along with a bit of piney bitterness. Very malty overall, with a strong bitter finish.
jazz88 (2592) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Mahogany color with a slight cherry flavor. Good malt nose and a rich full bitter. A nice treat.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask from the Toronado in SF. Pours copper with a tiny light beige head. Nose of toffee malts and English hops. Balance of sweet and bitter taste. Simple but great.
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.
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).
joet (2347) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 5, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An amazing nose packed with malt and hops. Great full hop flavor with good mouth feel and relatively clean finish for a hophead beer. I could see this as a session beer. Very nice.
illidurit (2230) - 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.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at The Linkery in San Diego.
Pours a dark golden amber color with a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Floral, earthy aroma with a nice balance of piney and citrus hop notes. Pine needle, grapefruit and orange peel along with some biscuity malt.
Fuller bodied than expected with a good balance of dry bitterness, citrus rind and sweet malt. Slightly dry and resinous with some pine needle and floral notes countered by some grapefruit and orange peel. Decent malt backbone provides balance without taking away from the hops. Slightly sweet with hints of caramel, subtle toffe and biscuit. Well done.
bitbucket (2160) - 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.....