SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown’s. Pours black with a dense off-white head. This beer is rich and ripe and resinous. Sweet in flavor with a strong malt roasted and coffee flavor. The high level of fruitines is actually able to mask the big coffee taste. Incredible.
DialSquare (2762) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From an old rating note - on tap at the San Clemente Pizza Port. Deep brown pour with tan head. Aroma of roasted chocolate malts. Heavily hopped. Don’t have much else other than a score.
JohnnyJ (4400) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice porter. Dark brown, very dark for a porter. Tan head. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and light nuts and bitterness in the finish. Tasty porter!
twistedviews (75) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
this is good fuckin’ beer! from my hometown of san clemente... now im gonna go walk up the street and get a few of these. oh yeah.
Ungstrup (29484) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at San Clemente. A very black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet malt, roasted malt, and nuts as well as lighter notes of chocolate and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, hard roasted malt, lending it a bit of acidity, and cocoa beans, as well as light notes of nuts.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub in San Clemente. Pours a black body with a brown hue around the edges.Thick, brown head that dissipates slowly leaving a moderate amount of slippery, brown lacing. Nice looking porter. Aroma is pretty typical for a porter. Not too bold, more toward the subdued side of things. Roasty, chocolate, and a little coffee. Some noticeable citrus bitterness as well. Similar flavor with a little more richness to it. Sweet chocolate, mild bitter citrus, light coffees and roasts. Finishes with a light lingering roast and a tad sourness. Palate is medium to full, creamy, and dry with a long lingering taste. Overall, a pretty solid porter. Straightforwad with a good amount of taste and very well balanced. This brewpub does one hell of a job balancing its beers.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at O’Brien’s. Appearance is a thick dense brown hue, head is cocoa velvet smoothness, huge thick pillowy lacing on the glass, AMAZING.
Smell is mild malt aromas (chocolate & coffee) that are surprisingly muted, slight bitter and sour milk notes.
Taste is mildly bitter coffee malts, nice cocoa sweetness, bittering hops midway, finishes smooth and slightly sour.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy smooth texture a la Guinness, mild-moderate carbonation, WONDERFUL.
The appearance and texture are superb, very smooth and easy-drinking w/no alcohol presence, flavor is lacking boldness but is solid for the style.
yespr (31480) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at San Clemente. Pours black with a lacing light tan head. Liqourice and hard roasted malt aroma. Flavour is liqourice at first with a solid roasted malt flavour following. A bit flat on carbonation. Coffiesh flavoured too. Ends slight acidic from the roasted malt. Mild bitter too.
cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at sc pizza port. pours black with a nitrogen head. thin aroma of coffee. The flavor is that of light coffee and chocolate flavor. Overall not a bad beer but lacks in flavor.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a dark brown to black body topped by a medium thick creamy head with lots of lacing. It’s roasty with a very slight chocolate and coffee note, however not necesarrily in a good way. medium to full bodied and smooth.