RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Not your traditional brown ale. This is a big, bad, bold brown. It’s 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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4.5
Chadhami (195) - - OCT 29, 2016
One of my favorite beers. A strong but not overpowering coffee taste. Smooth and dark, like Oakland itself.

4.3
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Aromas of deep roasted malt, mild coffee, toffee, chocolate and tons of caramelized oak.. Mmmmm.. I love it... Loooong, lingering flavors of caramel, toffee, coffee, roasted nuts and roasted malt truly stain the palate for minutes... minutes!!! Medium-medium-plus bodied, good carbonation, with a nearly dry, kinda bitter finish. Well made. Hits the spot for a local brown ale. Thank you Calicraft!!! You earned my support. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

4.1
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
My favorite of three awesome new brews from Calicraft! It pours a dark reddish brown with a nice lasting tan head. The aroma strikes a great balance of red fruit, oak and roasted malt. There’s also some distinct floral hops. The flavor has the same balance of oak and earthy/floral bitterness that is just about perfect. The roasted malt adds to the rustic feel with some earth, roast, cocoa and toffee. The finish is bitter and roasted with a medium to full body and mouthfeel. I’ll be picking up several bottles of this. Loved it.

4.1
Strykzone (7806) - 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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hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 19, 2014
The bomber was shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat, Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head and moderate lacing. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Medium body. VEry smooth mouthfeel. Some citrus appears in aroma, Flavor is very complex with oak, earth, and citrus showing up over the chocolate/coffee base. The finish is coffee bitter and dry with vanilla. Spice and nuts appear late. A very complex flavored beer overall with a lot to like here.


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