RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Not your traditional brown ale. This is a big, bad, bold brown. Its the intersection of a cabernet and an IPA. Or, say, 19th and Broadway. A blend of three oaks added during fermentation creates a red wine-like structure. California Cascade hops bring the local flavor that goes from roasted and bitter on first swig to a soulful, chocolate finish. Generally speaking, not for wussies. But who are we to say?

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ffbot (376) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Smell is decent balance of coffee and chocolate, medium sweet and bready. Bread and coffee and tin in the taste, and medium balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chadhami (52) - - OCT 29, 2016
One of my favorite beers. A strong but not overpowering coffee taste. Smooth and dark, like Oakland itself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lacho (85) - USA - SEP 8, 2016
Drank straight from the bottle, no idea about color, but aromas of toasted grains are evident. Tastes like roasted coffee and buttered toast, good beer with very well balanced alcohol content, which is really not that high. Great beer to jump into more potent porters and stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10763) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 23, 2016
a unique brown with roast and caramel and chocolate, but also light fruit and wood notes, mostly in the finish. Not much exposure to this brewer, but they seem to make cool beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (3745) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle at LT. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, toffee. Deep brown color with creamy tan head with lace. Tastes of biscuit, sweet with light bitterness. Roasty. Medium body, lively carbonation, oily texture a little on the thin side. As with a lot of these, it sweetens as it warms. Good stuff!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
batneil (676) - - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle. Very dark brown but not quite black. Flavour not as full as Id like, but still pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (2412) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2015
Pours a half finger of head on a dark brown body. The aroma is dry cocoa, roasted malt and wood. The taste is burnt wood, chocolate, milk, and pine bitter at the end. The texture is crisp and thick. Tasty and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontape (471) - Valley Village, California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Draft. Pours a murky dark brown, little tan head. Aroma is chocolate tootsie pop first and foremost. As you sip, some oak and pine characteristics join in. Somewhere in between an IPA and a porter with vinuous character from the oak. Lots of semi-sweet chocolate on the finish. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9701) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
22 fl oz bottle thanks to deft! Sampled on December 31, 2014.
Clear dark reddish brown color, small teal head. Sweet, fruity, oats scent. Sweet, fruity, toasted taste. Grainy aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6946) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Bomber from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. Dark brown but with more amber than would be seen in a stout. A nice tan head that lasts. A really nice aroma is both pleasant and interesting. Cocoa and vanilla are in front. Those are also tasted. Citrus hops, too. This is kind of a robust porter / brown ale combination. Earth, dark and more bitter chocolate, and even a little bit of spice. A nutty finish was a pleasant surprise. This beer has a great way of moving flavors in and out. From oak to cocoa to citrus, etc. There is just so much going on in this beer and so many of those flavors are really nice. Feel is smooth and rich. This is like brown meets porter meets black IPA.

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