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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Sonoran Brewing Company’s Long Strange Trip; Est. 1996, 2003 founding owners depart, 2004-2007 in the dark, 2008 Brewmaster Schroder arrives and we go to heaven, 2009 The Reckoning; Mahler/Schroder take control and resurrect the brand, 2012 Chef Series is launched, 2013 Final Chef Series beer released what a long strange trip its been. Sonoran Brewing Company and Chef James Porter Owner and Head Chef of Petite Maison are stoked to share with you Long Strange Trip; the 4th and final Chefs Series Beer. Long Strange Trip is an oatmeal stout brewed with apricots, and LOCALLY grown pecans and dates from Sphinx Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Once this brew was done, the trip had just begun, as it was then aged on a bed of scotch whiskey oak chips for two months. At 7.2% Alcohol by Volume Long Strange Trip offers a hint of shakedown and a touch of ramble on rose; the rich stout backbone is balanced with the sweetness of dates, undertones of pecans, apricots and just a hint of scotch whiskey for a smooth finish. Enjoy the beer and enjoy the trip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle picked up at Total Wine. Pours dark brown with a huge foamy head. Nose is mostly malt, earth, wood. Flavor was just bizarre; not infected, but heavy burnt/wood/fruit notes. The roasty flavor was just too much. Wound up drain pouring this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeerFan (67) - - NOV 29, 2013
This porter was very good and really opened up once it hit 55-60 and I picked up the pecan flavor which was beautifully paired with the traditional Porter Characteristics. Very good brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine (Park Place) - Pours a dark brown color with a large light brown head. Aroma is toasted malt, coffee, coca. Flavor is esters (apricots?), roasted malt, coffee, coca, and wood. The fruit flavor on the front of the tongue is a bit odd. Finish is dry and medium bodied. This would have been an excellent beer without the apricots. Didn’t get much of the pecans. A decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
From the bottle. Dark brown/black pour with a dark tan head. Roasted malts, some chocolate, earth, and a little burnt flavors. Its pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Padron4KM (800) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2013
22 oz Bomber.
Opaque pour with a thick, long lasting brown head.
Aroma has dark roasted malt, molasses, sweet cocoa, vanilla.
Initial flavors were roasty malt, and astringent oaky tannins. After letting it warm up the tannins mellowed, allowing for the other flavors to emerge. Molasses, vanilla, oak, some light fruitiness, a touch of whiskey.
Body was a bit thin.
Finish was medium with a slightly sour note.
Interesting brew, definitely needs to warm up a bit from fridge temp before drinking to mellow out the tannins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2013
The beer is well carbonated, a careful pour into my teku glass produces a three finger thick, richly browned head. The beer is a pitch black color that is quite opaque. The aroma is richly roasted, but with ample smoother dark malt notes that lean towards chocolate and coffee liquor. Other notes bring out aromas of vanilla, smoky tobacco, perhaps a touch of peat, and a certain leather like quality somehow.

Fizzy and carbonated, the beer is fairly dry and a bit tart (seems mostly from the roast character), and the beer is also fairly light bodied for a Stout of this strength; in fact it is almost on the thin side. Ample roasted, burnt, bitter, perhaps a touch acrid, and charred flavors are found here, these dominate the flavor profile, especially since there is not a lot of residual malt body / sweetness to temper these notes. There is perhaps a hint of floral fruit character towards the finish, but it is quite dominated by the roast character here. There is a touch of whiskey like fruit character in the finish, and a certain toasted quality that seems woody in character and there is a definite astringency that seems like tannic oak.

An interesting concept, but doesn’t really work in the end as the beer is quite a bit to light bodied and really seems to need a touch of residual malt sweetness to help balance things out. Still, I really like that the oak / Scotch character is quite soft and well integrated, especially with this particular beer, if it had been more prominent this beer would have worked even less. This beer is half way decent, and certain something that I wouldn’t dump out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2013
The 22oz bomber pours with a deep darkness and a mocha colored head. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, some earthy chocolate and then some malt sweetness filling in the voids. The taste has plenty of dark roasted malts mixing with a bit of burnt malts and then a thin degree of sweet maltiness. Overall pretty tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Brown pour, light brown head. Flavors are kinda all over the place. Some earthy roasty flavors, some roasted nuts--pecans, walnuts? a hint of smoke, some weird overripe fruit as well. Well..hell...i don’t know what to think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle; poured a very dark brown with a big chocolate head. Aroma of roasted malt, earth, wood, pecans, and caramel. Flavor had a lot of subtle complexity. Notes of fruit and nuts, but a charcoal roasted flavor was a bit too pronounced. That sort of mellows out with time, but still a bit too much. Didn’t pick up much of the whiskey aging and it probably could have sat in the barrels a few months more. Expected a bit more from the description, but not bad by any means.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle; Poured dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma: Malt. Flavor: Charcoal/ Wood, definitely an earthy taste. Hint of sweet fruit, with a smoke finish.

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