Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couldn’t quite get into it after drinking Hop15 for 6 hours. Initially it tasted like a dopple bock, then the yeast mad it taste more Belgian. Had a lot of alcahol to it also. Dark sweet, malty and spicy with some bite to it, sums it up for me
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 This is a strong brown ale. A very alcohol and nutty aroma. The appearance is a murky brown. The flavor is very sweet and a bit too much so with some nutmeg, caramel, and sour cherries. This does not hide the alcohol well at all. Its ok in small amounts.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solana Beach. Aroma of sweet malt, with some underlying plums. Appears a deep red mahogany, with some effervescence, and with a huge head. Flavor is warm, mildly nutty, with underlying red berry. Palate is medium and appropriate. Overall, a very good brew.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown hue with a slight off-white head with aromas of roasted malt and slight yeast. Mouth feel is meduim to full bodied with the initial mouth taste being belgian-style yeast. The flavor mellows as it warms and other flavors follow suit with brown sugar, roasted malts and a little more yeast.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap@Port Solana: Dark amber brown with a wisp of light tan foam. Aroma is lightly sweet and nutty. Flavor is malty sweet with a hint of cocoa, moderately bitter with a touch of spice. Light to medium bodied and smooth with moderate to lively carbonation. Served way too cold, flavor enhanced as it warmed.
paiste2002 (183) - Saugus, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Port Solana and always a treat to be there. Had this one many times. Dark brown in color with a tan head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, caramel, nutty.
Very nice beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a deep amber brown/mohogany body, topped by a medium thick head with little lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of spice, yeast and brown sugar. The flvor is very similar with more spicy notes. Medium to full bodied, tingly on the tongue and warming.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Source: Brewfest, Real Ale Festival
dark brown, strong maut aroma, watery, dry malt flavor, only a hint of bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; 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.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coconuts and brown rum smooth off the sweet spicy nutmeg impersonation and biting end…Vanilla-coated raisins bathing in light soy sauce…Their friends the figs eagerly share some of their sweetness…Absurdity can be entertaining for a while…
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on draft @ Port Solana beach. Clear, dark amber pour.....light tan head. Nose of some dark fruits, molasses, and caramel malts. Slightly watery but, a good brew overall.