bpreo (2840) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2015
This beer is named for fire crews. It’s appropriate this time of year because of all the work those people are doing 24/7 around here right now. It’s an excellent Stout. Couldn’t really get much better. Just needs more alcohol (make it Imperial). MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Draft from The Porch restaurant in Oakland, Pittsburgh. Deep, dark, roasted goodness throughout. Just perfect for a stout. drpimento (3639) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Really good! Fairly dry, roasty, hint of smoke & tang. Plenty bitter. Fairly clean. Great appearance with a long lasting head & lots of lace. Suggestions of vanilla in finish. Cybercat (5835) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Taps rich coffee brown with a nice tan head. Aroma presents roast malt, coffee, chocolate and molasses tones. Flavor pleases with roast malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, earthy, and subtle molasses tones. Mouthfeel has firm, velvety smooth body yet plenty of fizz. Fit for a captain! Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
This beer poured an opaque color w/ very slight head and thin lacing. The aroma was roasty w/ coffee and dark fermented fruit notes. The flavor was full of roast and coffee w/ a dark fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel was full bodied, well-rounded and creamy. Very enjoyable.
SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 31, 2007
22 oz bomber purchased @ Southbay Drugs and Liquor. Pours as a dark opaque black with a san colored pillow of foam. The aroma is a sweet and smoked malt profile that will really open up more in the flavor. Such a rich sweet flavor that is displayed by dark roasted malt and light background of Irish cream or vanilla aftertaste that this makes for an excellent stout. Would love to see this distributed like the other Alpine beers. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Inky black in color with a small white head. Black malt, chimney aroma. Nice rich and creamy quaff. Flavors of rich dark chocolate, toffee, roast and slight vanilla. A touch of hops makes this a winner for me. rauls1959 (1) - Ventura, California, USA - NOV 30, 2015 does not count
Complex, vanillaish, and super smooth. Had it with french toast and it was quiet an experince! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
Nearly black yet deceivingly dark as dark brown can get. Medium loosely frothy broken chocolate brown colored crown that remains constant for a good measure; lace in minimal spots. Aroma is packed with solid roasted malt with some nice espresso and dark chocolate notes creeping through. Not fully potent or strong really but very nice to let simmer and wiff. Taste is well rounded with a smooth chocolate front thats favorably dark and lush with a creamy lingering into the middle where espresso flavors really meld in incredibly nicely. Nice roasted oh-so-clos-to-burnt espresso-like flavors and the bittering is subdued enough for full enjoyment. Quite nice to behold. Hence the finish, where it gets a bit of everything mixing and changing with a sweetened roast filled espresso dryness that has a chocolate twinge of bitterness to top it off. Feel is smooth and close to full with a good amount of give in each sip and is a bit sweet in areas with an espresso and chocolatey drying coming through from midway all the way to its remarkable little finish. Nice lingering capabilities with the bittering and espresso. This reminds me alot of the Bell's Java Stout, just not as over the top as the Bell's but right up there just the same. enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
On NITRO at O’Brien’s in San Diego. First of all, I love this beer. But when combined with nitro, it’s simply wonderful! A fantastic creamy off-white, slightly chocolaty head that lingers quite long. The head makes it so scrumpschous and chewy, and the flavor doesn’t dissapoint either! Fantastic mild tones (very mild) of chocolate and coffee and vanilla, but a pronounced "fresh" flavor that comes from the carmel malts. Very sweet and dry and quite drinkable. I’m a huge fan... especially on NITRO!!