popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, Russian River. Pliny the Younger 2010 release. Another semi-disappointment from this day. Rejection isn’t bad, but my standard for RR is unbelievably high and this beer is fairly forgettable and outshone by almost all of the rest of the menu. It pours coffee black with a thin off-white head. There’s a fair bit more candi sugar presence than expected. The flavor is mostly coffee/cocoa with some background malt fruitiness and a touch of Belgian yeast. I found the mouthfeel to be a bit grainy leading to a somewhat thin, watery finish. This wasn’t great, but I certainly wouldn’t turn down a glass, either. It’s hard to tell how much the riches of SF Beer Week are effecting my relative rating scale.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at RR during the PtY release madness. Almost black with a small tan head. Lots of fruit in the nose, with what strikes me as their house yeast ester profile. Plenty of rich malt in the aroma as well, with chocolate and toast. Modest bitterness with just a touch of roast and mild apparent hops in the finish that bring a nice balance that barely leans on malty. Fruity with a definite yeasty touch, but also very clean. Nice chocolate malty flavors leading to a pleasant dryness. Pretty much a flavorful Belgian-style porter from what I taste. Very nice.
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2010 Draft at Russian River. Pours dark black with brown head. Aroma is roast and char, and the flavor matches it. Nicely balanced, it was decent consolation for having my requests for Pliny the Younger growlers rejected.
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 Dark brown pour with small white head. Taste was mild roast and Belgian spices.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at obriens. Pours coffee black with a thin off white head. Aroma is roasty and spicy. Flavor is roast, chocolate, and some spices wih hints of bubblegum. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Obriens. Dark brown pour, light tan head. Sweet malt, chocolate, toast/smoke, some dark fruit, and spice. Decent beer, it was enjoyable, but not their best offering.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Russian River. Pours a very dark black / cola-brown color; creamy light-tan head with decent retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Good amounts of bitter chocolate, roasted / charred malts, and a slightly fruity / estery yeast character; smooth, with hints of licorice. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: very creamy presence; lots of roasted malts and bitter chocolate and a pleasant mineral hop character; the hoppiness grows more prominent as the glass empties; also plenty of cola and nougat; all nicely dried. Like a more flavorful version of Salvation. Medium finish: heavily roasted malts, chocolate, dry and toasty.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(GROWLER FROM IRISHBOY)dark brown body with a light brown head.aroma is roasted malts,root beer,dark chocolate,and spice.flavor is much of the same.body is a bit thin but its a nice session belgian.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark brown pour with a nice tan head. Aroma was full of roasty goodness with a bit of dark fruit and some candi sugar. Nice flavor mix of plums, brown sugar and that roasty note. Nice and surprising hop bite at the end. I really enjoyed this one, finding it a bit underrated on here so far.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at O’briens. This was an average belgian ale. The darkness kind of through me off, but the traditional spice, clove, pepper was all there.