BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at the Real Ale Festival at PP Carlsbad. Appearance is a dark brown hue, nice thick creamy tan head, moderate lacing. Smell is sweet belgian candy, tart fruits, chocolate and bread malts, light booze. Taste is light fruits (pears, apples), and tart sweet candy, transitions to grassy hops and light chocolate malts, finishes sweet and dry, taste is a bit off here. Medium-bodied, watery texture, mild carbonation. The fruits and sugars dominate the chocolate which is strange, this definitely has an experimental feel to it, hopefully they can continue to tweak until they get a better balance here.
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the Real Ale Festival. Nice dark pour with no real head to it. Aroma of dark roasted malt and hops. The flavor really matched the aroma but more of a chocolate flavor. I didnít think i would like the mix of hops and chocolate but it was actually pretty good. Iím with wetherel on this one though... I would like to try a bottle.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at the Real Ale Festival at Pizza Port Carlsbad on 6/13. Black color with lighter edges, some tiny brown bubbles that fade. No lacing or residual carbonation. Somewhat weak dry and ashy / smoky aroma with grain. Noticeable chocolate in the flavor with medium tones of burnt barley. Some character I can only describe as watered-down oatmeal. Ends dry and kind of thin, not very complex. Iím not a big fan of Belgian stouts.
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at PP Real Ale Festival. Wierd aroma. I think itís either from the hops or the lines arenít clean. Kind of farm-like grassy and hay aroma. Brown frothy head. Itís got a nice flavor, but somethings different in the smell. Iíd like to try this again, preferrably from a bottle.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 Tasted at the Real Ale VIP Session. Black with a creamy head. Strong sweet chocolate aroma. Very roasty almost burnt taste, chocolate, mild bitterness, and a dry finish.
WeeHeavySD (3367) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1st Rating, Cask VIP session at 11th Annual San Diego Real Ale Festival. Poured black with a 1 finger light brown head. Absolutely dead nose, absent of anything. Taste is sweet and chocolaty with a bit of yeast and a lot of goodness that hides the alcohol content. Overall tasty, nose is surprisingly absent.