danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Del Mar race track. Pours a deep chestnut brown almost no head. Roasted malt, light bitterness, oatmeal, and 2 hour old Folgers coffee.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at the San Diego International Beer Festival. Dark brown with no head. Faint malty aroma. Sweet, chewy, sugary, chocolate taste with a roasty finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hamiltons. Pours with a black body topped by a thick brown head wtih a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet and full of coffee, vanilla and an artificial chocolate note (reminds me of Cocoa powder). Light bodied for a stout and smooth.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ La Jolla location. Pours dark brown with a nice cascading tan head. Caramel, cocoa, oatmeal, and hot fudge in the aroma. Sticky on the tongue, but overall more of a dry stout mouthfeel. Chocolate milkshake with malt, and some espresso in the taste. Dry finish. A nice, silky smooth stout.
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft: Rock Bottom in Irvine, CA) Competent, but not outstanding, this beer is balanced, flavorful, pleasant, but still seems lighter in flavor than other oatmeal stouts; Strong dark roasted maltiness with only a moderate oatmeal flavor; Mildly sweet; Fairly bitter, but the bitterness is in balance and complementary to the maltiness; Hardly anything in the nose; Black and opaque, even at the edges; Huge, tall, tan head has great retention and good lacing
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delectably delectable...i think! It pours a mean black hue with a thin scattering of orangey head which dissipates mighty quick. The aroma is choco-cocoa...! The taste...is more choco-cocoa, but it is just beautifully put together. Mocha, chocolate, cocoa and a hint of sweet coffee mixed in with more chocolate malt finish this dry beer. Nicely done indeed. I want more!
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A voyage into the deepest blackness occurs upon visual inspection of this brew. Big ass chocolate in the araoma and continutues into the body of the beer, Damn impressive, just like a nice piece of dark chocolate. Most impressive.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 Cask-conditioned draught: Dark brown, head bigger than the beer, nice nutty/chocolatey aroma, HUGE chocolate flavor and very sweet...The closest a beer can come to pure milk-chocolate
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toasty bitter chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee. Sweet but with a thin mouthfeel. A solid stout.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 13, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Right on! Good to see this beer on the boards! My wife actually discovered and fell in love with this beer - we order it by the pitcher at the Irvine, CA location. Very tasty & smooth stout. Heavily leans towards roasted/burnt malts, bakers/bitter chocolate and cofee. BIG FLAVORS. Wouldn’t exactly call it sweet, but certainly smoother than hoppy stouts and is bitterSWEET. When visiting SoCal - give this a try - its my fav local brewpub micro draught stout.