beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Tasted at the 2004 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Medium orange color. Small sized white head. Aroma is fruity, spicy and sweet. A medium bodied Bier De Garde. Malts are fruity and sweet, orange, cherries and spicy. A slight hint of some earthy qualities, and some other spices as well. Very sweet, but not cloying. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. FlacoAlto (4216) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Pours a hazy amber color with a thick creamy tan colored head. The nose has a spicy note of clove to it that is joined by a nice malty background component, both of which make sure that they are not passed by. The beer has a medium-bodied fullness to it, at least for a Bier De Garde. The taste is quite spicy, I get notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove (dominant), and a certain sweet component to it. There is a bit of fruitiness here as well that reminds me of apples, plums, and raisins. This is definitely interesting, and I like how the fruitiness mixes with the spices, made more remarkable by the fact that there is only supposed to be a bit of rosemary in here as far as spices go. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
on draft, strong ale fest, pizza port carlsbad december 2004
sweet aroma, great flavor DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
orange-ish amber with a thin halo of suds...sweet, alcoholic and cough medicine-like aroma with notes of fermented cherries...sweet, fruity(cherry) flavors with added complexities like cheesecake and grape...nice and chewy and pretty damn sweet..though not overly so....heating to boot. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Oak aged at o’briens- Poursa deep reddish briown hue with a a light off-white head. Alcohol isn’t apparent in nose or flavor. Aromas of swetness and a little citrus. Flavor sof alt, and some light citrus with hints of spice.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Dark amber almost copper colored brew. Spicy nose. Clove seems to be one of the added spices. Sweet but well balanced with the spice. Another great brew from this brewer! BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Light, sweet flavors of fruit, spices and flowers. Very smooth with the 8% ABV not detected. This was delicious, I wish Craftsman would bottle their beers! Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
This beer poured a rich reddish brown w/ orange highlights and ok head w/ slight lacing. Bananas and hazelnuts dominated the nose, while soury fermented fruit, grapefruit, and banana sweetness appeared in the mouth. I found this beer to be dry on the palate and smooth, it coats the mouth. joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2004
At the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. The first thing I noticed about this was that there was a minty/medicinal nose to it, which I didn’t much care for. There was a LOT of spice in the nose, which was interesting, but i guess it just threw me. Other than that, this was very interesting indeed, wonderful spice flavor and a nice sweetness to the whole thing. Aftertaste was the same. DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
On draught at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena. Medium to dark brown with a nice head. It is spicy and slightly sweet with an earthy character. A nice sweetness balances the spices. Quite good.