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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Telegraph Robust Ale is a bigger and bolder version of our California Ale. Aromas of pear and banana dominate the complex nose. Rich flavors of caramel malt are tamed by several generous additions of Cascade hops during the brewing process. This is a full-bodied but well-balanced beer made for sipping.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3866) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Had at Chuck’s on 85th, where it was called a Belgian Dark Ale. Scotch-colored with a thin caramel cover. Mildly yeasty nose with soft caramel and subdued Belgian notes. Interesting complexity that also incorporates cigar box and musk. Medium-bodied. Musky with flickers of clove, accompanied throughout by a smooth caramel. Dryish finish and quite sessionable. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4867) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Backlog of ratings. Thanks to someone at one of bu11zeye’s tastings. The look is clear, orange in color, with a beige colored head. The smell is yeast, fruits, sweet, toffee, and alcohol. The taste is more alcohol, toffee, yeasty, fruits, and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4606) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Amber in color with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of yeast, grain, caramel and apple. Taste is of caramel, grain, clove, black pepper and pear.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Poured from tap it has an amber color in the glass with a medium head. There is some spice on the nose along with toasted notes. The first thing I notice on the taste is some mild sour notes. There is also some maltiness and a little bit of caramel. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: May 14, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: clear amber, frothy off white head
Aroma: sweet and earthy aroma, touch of fruityness, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, candy sweetness, fruityness with a touch of banana, light spicyness, light balancing bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Decent beer but the rubbing alcohol essence was too much for me. It always interfered with my enjoyment of this ale. Has peachy Belgium aspect to it which is nice. As you drink it it improves. These guys make great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6676) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 25, 2010
750 thanks to JohnC. Pours a good head with carbonation. Yeasty and lots of caramel flavor. Some sugar. Banana. Sweetness is present for sure. Nice take on Belgian style if not overwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9238) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle from Whole Foods Sacramento. Pours reddish copper with a massive beige head and a toffee and fruit aroma. There is a robust fruity caramel malt flavor with more hop bitterness than usual for a Belgian-style ale. Leaves a yeasty taste on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle pours amber with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, apple, pear, with a dusty yeast quality and slight sour undertones. Flavor shows the same. Overall body is moderate, sweet, and finishes lightly bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Pours amber with a tall Belgianesque head that lingers and recedes to a clumpy gathering. Smells of dusty perfume with a touch of sour. Medium full body with superb carbonation. Thick and malty with defined acidity. Tastes of amber grains, coffee bean, faint cocoa, tree bark, and sour plumb with only mild sweetness and a good bittering on the finish.

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