Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2000
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fan of English strong ales since the mid 70’s when I slammed my 1st one. Robust malt nose, some sweetness, and a nice bite that lingers long on the palate.
Nik925 (727) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Minimal head, though well made. The bitterness level is fantastic, as well is the mouth-feel. Very pleased with the dryness which also makes for the well hidden 7% alcohol. They were out of their IPA, but this was my favorite of five when I was there.
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft from cask. Beautiful, lasting tan head on this bronze beer. Aroma bready, with floral tones as well. Buttery, smooth mouthfeel, with creamy & soft bubbles. Tasted quite different from Tree Frog Ale- a bit sharper, in fact. I enjoyed!
Earlier Rating: 11/20/2007 Total Score: 3.1
Floral & sweet at first taste, becoming less sweet, almost dry, towards the end. A bit hoppier than I had expected, with some spicy end notes. Thin mouth feel, medium carbonation, no head whatsoever. Strong alcohol flavors balanced by fruitiness in some swallows. I ate this w/ a decent chicken sandwich & slaw, which may have affected some of my experience...
Taverner (1067) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great nutty, stoney, scotch ale. That seems to be their specialty. Very good stuff.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub on 8/8/10. Pours clear reddish copper with a medium tan head. Caramel malt nose with peat, roast, chocolate and a bit of metal. Toasty caramel flavor with chocolate, peat and a roasty bitter finish. Nice.
joeneugs (2577) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with an off white head. The aroma is very smoky and grainy with a touch of peated malt. The flavor is nice with smoke and caramel. Very silky and smooth on the palate. The finish is smoky and and bitter with a touch of roasted malt. Big flavor and mouthfeel for a smaller beer. A nice treat for Scottish ale lovers.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Served a clear red with just a touch of orange mixed in and a thin finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Head fades slowly with some good lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet caramel malts with a touch of earthy hops coming through.
T - Starts off some rich sweet caramel malt with a bit of a syrupy taste. Through the middle a bit of earthy hop comes through with some more caramel malt. The finish is a mix of rich caramel malt sweetness with some light bitterness.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a lightly syrupy feeling and a sweet and lightly warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Fairly rich and sweet, but still well balanced and not overbearing.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub pouring clear amber with copper edges and thin white head. The modest aroma emits sweet malts mixed with ripe cherries, caramel malts and a touch of resiny hop grassiness. The taste is sweet with malts along with thin layers of ripe cherries, sweet raisins and caramel malts. Smooth tasty brew.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on tap at the brewpub. It’s a clear dark amber pour with a minimal head. Nice malty, peaty flavor, enjoyable.
Aquilo (511) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red-amber color with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and cream soda. Flavor is moderately bitter with lots of residual sweetness. The sweetness isn’t so bad, but I think they should try barrel aging some of this. Decent overall.