Darkmagus82 (1939) - - JAN 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the beer is strongest of a caramel smell mixed with and some brown sugar and a decent sum of a nutty smell. Along with these smells comes notes of a more lightly toasted nature along with some notes of a light bready and slight herbal smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a rather strong caramel taste mixed with some lightly toasted bready flavors. Along with these tastes comes notes of a molasses and a bit of a citrus hop and a moderate nutty taste. As the taste advances the sweeter sugar flavors maintain their strength while the roast and citrus grow weaker. While the citrus hop dwindles it is replaced by a light herbal flavor, leaving a moderately sweet, but still smoother nutty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the lighter side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the lower abv. and the lightly toasted and sweeter flavor of the beer the carbonation and body are rather appropriate, with both making for a rather nice easy drinking feel that matches the taste profile well.
Overall – A fairly nice, sweeter and more modestly hopped amber, that still maintains a nice smoothness and easy drinking feel. Fairly good overall.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Originally reviewed: 3/12/12. Drove up to Ventura for the afternoon when I was out in LA this last week, and this place was on my list to stop by. Most of their lineup was available, so I started with this one.
Came out a deep amber/copper color. Transparent. Small off-white head on top. Nose was grainy with a dry huskiness, mellow sweet aromas, and little vegetation. Good crisp mouth, characteristic of my experience with the style. Refreshing feel on the palate. Semi-sweet malts and faint caramel. This one had an unexpected bit of a hop kick that I rather enjoyed. Nothing harsh by any means, but added to the profile favorably. A nice refreshing brew, that I would be proud of if I were a local.
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark amber color/ fleeting ivory head. Grainy, spicy caramel aromas. Medium body. Dry, grainy spicy caramel flavors with light roast. Drying hoppy finish--decent
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really liked this beer. Pours a dark orange. Aroma has toasted grain notes which really pack a wallop in the flavor. This is like drinking toasted bread. Good sparkle to it to.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewery. Lightly hazy amber color, but not bad for an unfiltered lager. Malty and toasty, melanoidin rich aroma. Has that deep bread crust sweetness that reminds me of caramunich. Just slightly fruity and finishes with a spicy hop flavor. Nice stuff.