SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Brown hue, dominated by roastiness in the middle and a sweet, malty finish. Drinkable, with a thin palate. Nothing great but I would drink this again.
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Solana Beach. Sweet, roasty, caramelly nose with mild licorice notes. Transparent dark amber color with a small off-white head. A bit thin to start. Nice choco-roastiness in the middle. Finishes thin and watery. Disappointing after lots of potential.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap @ Solana. I can’t stand brown/mild ale but this was on the sample tray. What the hey its another number to my small lineup. Brown/mild ale proves there is a devil....sorry. (no bad reflection on P.P).
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewpub. Dark brown, clear and almost opaque, small beige head diminished to nothing. Roasty, nutty bitter aroma and flavor. Dry tasting, but not bad. Light to medium body and ample carbonation. I have to say that I had this beer immediately after the sweet and flavorful Shark Bitten Dbl Red, so my impression of the brown might be skewed a bit.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Sampled@Port Solana: Dark brown with a small light tan head. Light nutty aroma. Flavor is lightly sweet and nutty with hints of cocoa. Light on the palate, but a nice mild (brown) ale.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fairly clear reddish brown appearance, modest head formation. Creamy, malty dark fruit and chocolate aroma. Fairly mild on the palate, chocolaty and nutty with mild fruity flavors. Fairly dry with some spicy hops.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malt, dark fruit and sweet. A medium bodied mild. Malts are fruity, malty and sweet. Mild flavors. Slightly spicy hops. A nice mild. Would be a great session beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Pizza Port in Solana Beach. Poured a dark brown color with a large of white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel and nuts. Some roasted malts. Lightly sweet.
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nutty toffee and roasted malt combine to create an interesting brown ale with subtle roasty bitterness…Great drinkability spiced with a few coffee beans…A morning quaffer if there ever was one…
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2004 (Draft: Pizza Port in Solana Beach, CA) Moderately malty and bitter with some light roasty malt flavor; Slightly sweet flavor but fairly dry and somewhat thin on the palate, but very carbonated; Lightly roasted malt aromas; Ruddy mahogany color is beautiful; Light tan head is huge on the pour and had to be scooped a few times to pour a full pint, but it gradually settles to a thin layer; Full coating of lacing; Decent beer, but kind of ho-hum and uninteresting