iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Draught at Tiger!Tiger! The chalkboard states this is bourbon barrel aged, so I’m putting my entry here. Black with a beautiful dark mocha head, two fingers with pretty good retention. Chocolate dominates with some soft bourbon Noyes, yeasty dough and some light caramel and roast following. Flavor has slightly harsher bourbon notes, and the roast is stronger and more ashy, also some soy sauce is present. Once it warms, there is a little soy in the nose. The finish is dry, ashy. Bitterness peaked at a 5-6, alcohol present. Low carbonation, medium full body. Started out fairly nice, nut didn’t keep the momentum I was hoping it would. dalekliz (922) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2008
On tap at Hamilton’s. Dark reddish-black. Aroma of toasted malt, bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Big bitter toasted malt and oak taste, with a hint of caramel sweetness. Lingering toasted bitterness. Not very mellowed for barrel-aged, but very tasty. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Tap at Beachwood BBQ. More or lessl black. Aroma of roasted malt and light bourbon. The bourbon comes through in the flavor, but does not overwhelm. It mixes nicely with roasted malt flavors, chocolate, and smoked malt. Smooth and creamy with a touch of alcohol in the body. Very enjoyable stuff. KAME (160) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. This was a nice, easy-drinking, and not over-done barrel-aged stout/porter. The oak flavors complimented the flavors without overwhelming them. Tap pour was deep brown nearing black with a nice frothy tan head. Aroma is chocolatey rich without too much roastiness and the perfect amount of oak. Flavors combined well with a nice dry bitter finish. This was a nice brew and I’m glad to have had a chance to try it. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Tasted on tap at the 2007 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. This American Strong Ale pours an eclipse black color from tap. Medium sized tan foamy head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, dark fruit and some bourbon. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, with a fairly sweet chocolate flavor as well. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice balance. There is a touch of barrel sweetness that adds to the overall flavor. Craftsman beers are always interesting. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Draft. Rich mahogony beer with a light tan head. Rich caramel aroma with light smokiness and backing roast. Caramel, roast, slight smoke flavor with light citrus hop backing. Medium-plus body. Lingering caramel, roast, light coffee, smoke, and grapefruit. Nice. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
PP Strong Ale Fest. Pours black with a 2 finger tan head. Nice malty chocolate nose. Taste is sweet, with high alc in htere. Nice mlaty, choco, coffee. GReat. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Craftsman beers: seek them out!!!
always different, nothing to style, thanks Mark Jilg
Jet black, a bit sweet, tasty. 505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Pretty tasty . . . on tap at Lucky B’s. Pours dark, small tan head. Choclatey aroma. Slightly sweet, well balanced, complex and bitter. Nice beer. Pairs well with cigars and bangers and mash. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
On tap at Stone and another great and under-rated beer from Craftsman. Black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of oak, tobacco, and leather. Dark chocolate, oak, and a nice aged musky taste with a smooth, creamy velvet mouthfeel, and a pleasantly bitter finsih.