CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
very agressive smokey nose, it was a little sweeter on the palate than expected. in bottled form a few months later, this beer seemed well rounded, balanced and easier to drink
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
certainly turned out to be a beer of firm and confident character. In my notebook I scribbled, “a full bodied, thick unfiltered ale that seemed unwilling to compromise or make any apologies.” The looks alone would scare off many with its thick, dense, cloudy deep chestnut colored body. The aroma was faint, slightly herbal, but the flavor certainly wasn’t. This is a sweet tasting ale, a little fruity with some yeast in the middle, and a lightly hopped herbal finish that resembled coriander.