barrelagedluv (65) - Pittsburg, California, USA - SEP 4, 2017
Pours dirty and murky into a British tulip imperial pint glass. The rusty chestnut tint is a lovely sight for traditional Olde English style Bitter ale enthusiasts. The aroma is bit underwhelming for such malty beer, but a pleasant roasted coffee smell prevails. This Ale is full flavored and hearty, revealing hints of walnut and roast malts. Definitely more suited to cold weather, but I'm slurping it down in 80 plus degree Pittsburg, CA and it's devilishly satisfying. The finish is long for a non barrel aged beer, caramel and boozy heat makes it a great dessert. Over all this is a solid representation of the style. Cheers EJ Phair! slowrunner77 (12972) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Amber in color. Lots of toffee and caramel in the nose and flavor with hints of chocolate malt and roast. Good. brokensail (16660) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 15, 2016
On tap @ EJ Phair - Concord. Ruby colored beer with a small off-white head. Big time sweetness of table sugar, caramel, and toffee. Light pine hop character to go with it. Has some fruity ester qualities to it as well. Maybe a light nuttiness to the flavor? It’s just very sweet and intensely sugary for me. Not a fan. Cory (382) - , California, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Draft. Red/orange color small head. Sweet hops, citrus and toasted almond aroma. Medium body with a long dry nutty finish. I wouldn’t say its an amazing Belgian Strong, it feels more like a really nice hoppy brown. Either way it’s definitely pintworthy. monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
A decent red, but something weird about it. Pours a great amber color with a tan head. Smells fruity. Taste is fruity too, but a strange aftertaste. Had at tap at the Bay Area Craft Beer Festival
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ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2012
A - Served a clear copper-red color with a thin layer of white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lacing. Nik925 (800) - USA - OCT 29, 2010
S - Aroma is a mix of rich tasted caramel malts with some light dark fruit sweetness and a hint of booze.
T - Starts off with sweet rich caramel malts with a touch of spice. Through the middle some more malt flavor comes through with a bit of hop and some light booze. The finish is a mix of rich malts with some light spice and a touch of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a mellowing warming and a sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Pretty good balance of flavors but just maybe a touch thin bodied.
Glad to see E.J. Phair brewing again, although they have have been hit or miss in the past. This had a strong and clean malt, muted hop flavor but overly bitter. Still worked out okay, but not quite there. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Only house beer on tap, guess they’re not brewing until November probably. Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Good strong fruity and grainy aroma and taste with a crisp finish. Sledutah (7888) - Utah, USA - AUG 4, 2010
On tap at EJ Phair bhensonb (15832) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber with a off-white head and nice amount of lacing in the glass
Aroma: Caramel, biscuity and sweet malts
Taste: Caramel, sweet malts and a medicinal bitterness in the finish
Draft at the brewpub. Pours dark copper with a sllight off-white head. Aroma is very mild and indistinct. Flavor is smooth darkly roasted caramel. Except for a mild fruitiness it hasn’t got all that much flavor and is something of a clone of Newcastle Brown, though better. It does drink really well. Ends more fruity than anything. Quite smooth.