bhensonb (10902) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. Dark brown color with reddish copper hilights. Respectable light tan head. Aroma of roasted caramel. Medium body with light carbonation. Slightly herbal/mild spice flavors. Finishes smooth.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ham’s Tavern. Pours a medium rust color with a small beige head. Nose was slightly sweet with some malt and molasses.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hamiltons. Copper brown with a creamy white head. Sweet maple and caramel aroma and taste with brown sugar notes.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at Hamilton’s. Pours cloudy dark brown with a moderate white head, specks of lace. Smells deep and sweet malty with somecereal grains as well. Tastes grainy sweet malty, slightly fruity, sweet, earthy with some hay. Full body, ok carbonation.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Somewhat hazy, nutmeg shell brown color with some soft cherry hues and a creamy layer of light beige head. Aromas of strawberry fruits and pale chocolate malt accompanied by a soft floral hop character. Hints of caramel, biscuit, and graham cracker malt. The fruity notes are highly intriguing, especially considering that the smell suggests they are malt derived. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a chalky malt texture. Hefty maltiness, but restrained sweetness. Lots of strawberry and raspberry fruits integrated smoothly into a biscuity and chocolatey malt profile. A light butterscotch/toffee flavor peeks through, perhaps a smidgen of diacetyl, but not enough to detract significantly from the enjoyment of the beer. While the malts develop some of the flavor characteristics of dark malts, they keep a safe distance from developing any roasted or burned flavors. Finishes moderately hoppy, leaving a lightly spicy, herbal hop bitterness lingering in the final smack. The malt complexity is truly fascinating.
DYCSoccer17 (3305) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
8 ounce sample on tap at Rubicon’s fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Sac. Fruity aroma with some sweet and floral aspects present. I also get some cherry-like aromas as well. This is a little vinous, too. Quite quaffable. Transparent dark amber body with a medium off-yellow head. Very floral start, which could be rose petals? Becomes vinous in the middle with some dry notes as well. A bit more floral late, with an ethanolic finish. Didn’t live up to the potential. I’m not so sure that this is an Old Ale, but that is what the beer was listed as in the database.