brokensail (9106) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Downtown Brewing Paso Robles. Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Roasted malt, licorice, and a bit of coffee grounds on the nose. Some earthy hops, dirt, chocolate, and light malt sweetness. Flavor is a touch sweet with some bitter roast. Coffee grounds, licorice, and dark chocolate. A bit earthy.
omhper (18317) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught at the brewpub. Near black, small head. Aroma of vegemite and asphalt. Sweet with medium to full body. Syrup and caramel brings this mess to a slightly inky finish.
IrishBoy (3684) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at SLO. Nose of coffee and chocolate. Clear brown with a medium, glass lacing off white head. Flavor of coffee, caramel, and chocolate.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub in Santa Barbara. My favorite beer from Downtown so far, though that isn’t saying a whole lot. Actually a tasty and balanced porter, albeit a bit simple. Nice dark brown color that you can just see through, capped with a lasting tan head and lots of lace. Light aroma of espresso. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side, as is the house trend. Chocolatey, with a nice roasted bitterness and enough hops to clean the sweetness up. Medium bodied with middle of the road carbonation. I liked the hops bite in this a lot, though the malts were pretty one dimensional. We were drinking the IPA before this, and it took a little bit of prodding to get the group to get the "dark" beer, but this turned into the hit of the night.