doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy light brown head that fades quick. Smells roasty and almost smokey with a hint of dark fruit sweetness. Tastes very dark and malty, roasty with some dark fruit sweetness. Again, almost smokey flavor as well. Medium body, semi-dry with vibrant carbonation.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap @ the brewery. Poured opaque with a small, creamy beige head with little lacing. Lots of aromas of toasted chocolate and caramel malts. A good, very easy drinking Schwarzbier.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. 5% alcohol. Black with no head. Roasty and chocolate aroma and taste with a smooth finish. Quite good.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft during the Angelís Share release. Dark pour with decent head. Aromas were roasty with some bright fruit. Flavors were similar with a bit of a watered down roastiness. Hops in the finish with just barley some hints of the darkness you can see. Not too bad.
hapjydeuce (910) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 On tap at the Lost Abbey release of bourbon barrel Angelís Share on 3/15/08. Holds a weaker similarity to Serpentís Stout, which I sampled alongside. Thin appearance, only a bit of light tan head and lacing. Black center with dark brown edges. Ashy and smoky aroma with a robust coffee character underneath. Dark chocolates mixed with more coffee in the flavor and a bittering tangy finish. Medium bodied, easy to drink with lots of carbonation. Aroma became a little fishy with warmth, eventually becoming quite unpleasant. Interesting. Apparently this is made using the second spargings from Serpents Stout.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap@Port Brewing: Wow, this is a lager? Awesome! Pure black color with a small tan head. Aroma is rich and malty. Flavor starts sweet and malty with coffee and chocolate with a light dry finish. Medium body is creamy with moderate carbonation. Akin to a rich Porter.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is made from the second sparge of the mashed grains from Serpents stout. This must imply Serpents stout will be very sweet or high in alcohol as the efficiency was low enough for the leftover sugar to make an entire other beer. On tap at Lost Abbery during Carnevale release. What a great party, with a band, great food, great people and great beers. I wish I could have stayed longer. This was a very interesting lesson in rating for me. They only let you buy pints, so I bought a pint. Iím not the biggest fan of light lagers, especially when you add too much roastiness, so this was what I was expecting. Initially I get that lagerish taste and am not impressed, but I keep drinking and I like it more and more. A bit of roastiness, but high drinkability. Actually pretty nice.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My tasters may have been wearing off by this point in the evening. Very dark color, pretty bitter dry notes of coffee, but a perfectly good finish. I was not impressed at the time but could really use another go at this one.
DenverLogan (626) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the Carnivele...black; tiny head. Aroma of rich malts. Very tasty and smooth and not really bitter at all. Great balance of toasty malts, chocolate, coffee,
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at the Carnevale party. Pours dark with a thin head, almost non-exsistant. Aroma of malt, coffee, and toffee. Flavors of coffee and malt. Thin mouth feel. A differnt style for me. Nice