illidurit (2241) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub for RR’s 4th anniversary.
Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a tan frothy head that reduces rather quickly. Aroma is toasty malt and coffee with a touch of fleshy fruit. Flavor is of those See’s coffee flavored candies with some roasty bitterness and smoke. Chewy and sticky. Really smooth and drinkable.
hayduke (3675) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the Russian River Brewpub this pour was in a 13 oz tulip glass. Came with a nice 1/2 inch of very foamy tan head and left great lacing. Nose of dark malts, chocolate, and grassy hops. Very smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is of chocolate, coffee, fruit, and nuts. Smooth finish. This is one that makes you want to go back for a second, but I have to drive back to Eureka and want to save room for a Compunction. Another quality beer from Russian River.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opaque, very dark brown. Surprisingly white head, which seems to suggest patent. Also surprising is the incredibly faint aroma - simple coffee roastiness. Flavor is lightly stouty with a few plasticky notes. A light smattering of esters and fruitiness culiminate in a quite metallic finish and aftertaste with an unpleasant roast bitterness. This one doesn’t work too well, for me.
goldbrew (99) - USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent roasty and bready dark belgian ale. On draft at RR. All the RR beer is really expertly blended and this is no exception. Aroma isn’t the selling point but the taste is very upstanding and gentle. Not a "bash you over the head" dark ale. Roasty flavors sing lightly and finish smoothly and softly. A dark beer with a gentle soul. Very enjoyable.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker brown with a mid sized off white head. Aroma is bready, roasty with a touch of bitter dark choclate. Flavour is thinner with some yeasty notes and very brown bready. Finishes short and simple with some earth.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, roasty, and toasty. Flavor is malty, chocolate, roast, and a bitter roast finish.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at 2008 Woodshop hosted by cquiroga. Hand bottle. Kind of normal brown ale. Brown color. Low carbonation. Little hops.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
19th Rating from 3rd Annual Woodshop tasting in Temple City, CA. 3/1/08. One hell of a day put on by Cquiroga, thanks for a killer day Chris. Also spent the day there with bikesanbeer, my girlfriend Cyn, wetherel, JohnC, DenverLogan, dirty_martini, jasparg, DrBil, IPAFiend, awaisanen and many others, this was one crazy day. Hand Bottled 12oz. Pours dark brown with an off white island. Nose is very licorice like. Tastes is ruddy and I can’t read what I wrote but I think it was yeasty. Interesting brew.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
another winner from RR...but not one of their usual offerings. i know this is a black ale...but it was much more like a schwartzbier. i didnt get a whole lot of belgian yeastiness...if anything it seemed to have a clean yeast profile. a lightly sweet with a nice roasty finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Russian River (I still love saying that). Poured a very dark brown-black color with an off-white head. The aroma is of sweet roasted malt with yeasty esters and a hint of coffee. The flavor was semi-sweet with roasted malt and a Belgian yeasty character. Coffee on the finish that mixes with some floral hops. Medium bodied.