BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at FO. This reminds me a bit of Rogue Dirtoir. Pours with a very deep brown (near black) body and a large tan head that lasts. Aromas are nutty, cola, vanilla, grainy, pumpernickel and a bit of a spicy hop note. Some caramel and tar. Flavors of rye, molasses, pumpernickel bread, earthy with bitter chocolate in the finish. Light bubbles. Well made, but really nothing extraordinary.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA
Appearance: Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a creamy beige head.
Aroma: Fresh grassy hops.
Taste: Medium toast, grassy hops. Finishes very clean.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and a touch creamy.
Overall: Delicious and highly drinkable. Lots of character.
beersearcher (2295) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black with a tan head. Nice amount of coffee taste to this one. ends with a little bit of hop bitterness. The ABV seems lighter. Really nice beer.
thetmaxx (729) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a pint glass at Sierra Nevada’s Brewery in Chico. Color its dark, with a nice head that stays around. Aroma is mostly hoppy, with a hint if floral. Flavour starts out with a mild amount of hops, then transitions to a toasty flavour, and finishes with a chocolate taste. Overall very clean and crisp flavour. Carbonation is perfect for this lager. Highly recommend this beer, wish it was in bottles. I look forward to drinking it again the next time I visit the brewery.
bnoel09 (410) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a Sierra Nevada "Hop" glass at the brewery in Chico. Dark cola brown with a moderate tan head that remains throughout the drink with great lacing. Aroma is primarily floral hops. Flavor is malty and nutty with very mild hoppiness. Also has mild chocolate notes on the finish. Extremely smooth and drinkable despite its dark appearance. Excellent beer - hopefully this will make its way to bottles at some point!