mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler. Pours an opaque chocolate brown with dark amber highlights. Head is beige and creamy and leaves a good amount of lacy. Aroma is faint, consisting mostly of roasted malt and very little of the esters I expected. Flavor is lacking in complexity; itís mostly just roasted malt flavors and bitterness. Iím just not getting much of the "Belgian" in this one. Still a good beer. But for Russian River itís definitely lacking.
Dogbrick (7570) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with amber around the edges, and a medium fluffy khaki head that recedes steadily. Rigns of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grainy malt and tart fruit. Medium body with flavors of dark fruit, sweet malt and yeast. The finish is sweet with fruity esters lingering. Good brew overall.
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours black brown with acreamy beige head. Soures dark fruits And chocolate in the nose. Some belgian yeast Tart dark fruits with lots of bitter earthy hops. Dry bitter finish. Creamy with med high carbonation. 7/4/8/4/15. 3.8
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black pour with a very thin tan-brown head. The nose is lightly plummy and a little bit chewy. There is a bit of soft cocoa and some heavy dark roast. A little bit of molasses in here as well. There is some licorice and a bit of light leathery character. Chewy and full-bodied while still retaining a lightness that helps it down easily. There is a bit of light cocoa and coffeeish character. A touch of date sweetness on the back. Itís quite an interesting beer, actually.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Black with a thin off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma-roasted malts, yeast, herbs, earth. Taste- chocolate, malty, minimal sweetness, tangerine rind. Smooth and medium bodied. Really good Belgian-style porter.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery/pub on PtY release í10. Pours brown with a reddish tint and a tan head. Nose is of roast malt. Taste is of roast malt. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly dry. Not bad at all.
CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the Russian River brewpub. Black color with a fluffy head. Almost opaque appearance. Head is fading away rather slowly. Slight roast aroma mixing with some Belgian yeast and dark fruit(s). Smelling some dark grapes. Almost a jelly/jam aroma. Wasnít expecting the roast qualities at all. Fairly nuanced and pungent aroma. Roast flavor dominates. The grape and Belgian yeast is poking through at times and hitting my taste buds. Nice smooth texture. At moments I am getting a sugar flavor. As the beer warms the Belgian yeast begins to have more of an impact.
jcwattsrugger (11061) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ToronadoĖon tap-pours a tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is earthy, dark malt-roasty. Taste is earthy, dark malt-roasty/molasses/cocoa.
brokensail (10527) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is an inviting dark brown/black color with a fingerís worth of light tan foam.
S: The nose has quite a bit of roasted malt with a slight chocolate and caramel malty aroma. There is, of course, the usual fruity and spicy Belgian esters, but also a slight acidity.
T: The flavor follows the nose for the most part, but perhaps a bit on the bland side. I found the roast to be the predominant flavor, unfortunately, with only background notes of stone fruits and yeast.
M: The body seemed to be a bit on the thin side with a lively carbonation.
D: Another offering from Russian River that Iíve been looking forward to trying, but somewhat of a let down. Of course, Iím still glad to have been able to get a glass.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, Russian River. Pliny the Younger 2010 release. OUt of a tulip, another great brew by RR. Excellent dark belgian, very smooth