brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 4, 2016 boyntonliquors (24) - San Jose, California, USA - FEB 5, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a nice local beer for Santa Clara county. Santa Clara Valley Brewing Brewmaster/Owner Steve Donahue created this recipe when he was the brewmaster for for Firehouse Tavern, a local sports bar. This beer has some hoppiness to it and coming in at 10% abv makes this a nice imperial stout with complex malt billing that gives it coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate goodness! Recommend this to my friends.
On tap @ Firehouse. Black in color with a khaki head. Did these guys actually make a good beer? Holy smokes. A lot of graham cracker, roasted malt, and cocoa powder. A little bit of bitterness and smoke, maybe. Sweet dark fruit notes such as raisin and plum. Lots of molasses, spicy coffee, and roasted malts. Maybe some creme brûlée/burnt sugar character to it as well. Not half bad. bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with a brown head. Chocolate and light roast aroma with light coffee. Toffee and light chocolate flavor with light coffee. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and chocolate lingers with light coffee and light roast. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Great. Aromas of liquorice, chocolate, vanilla. Long taste, alcohol noticeable. IrishBoy (4228) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bomber from BevMo Salinas. Nose is chocolate and coffee, light on the roastiness. Black with a medium, lightly lacing, cinnamon tan head. Flavor is slightly sweet and smoky, chocolate, and a smaller bit of bitterness. bytemesis (8987) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pours opaque black with a medium brown head, mostly dissipates fairly quickly with decent remaining lacing. Very chocolatey aroma, more of a sweet milk chocolate, molasses, maple syrup, some coffee. Flavor is the same, medium sweet and light plus bitter, roasty malts, chocolate, coffee. Some light acidity. Medium body and just a bit creamy. Pretty solid effort. Not going to win any medals, but not bad for a $6 bomber.
Goodgrief (2056) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Poured dark brown, small fizzy head. Boozy sweet aroma. Loud, clangy composite of flavors. Chocolate was predominant with some light coffee notes and a strong fruity Belgian presence. Just not great. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Super dark pour, brown head. Roasty bitterness, tangy flavors, plums, hints of cocoa. Meh. Fatehunter (2603) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Poured a thin layer of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is nice: roasted malt, chocolate and bread dough (interestingly enough).
The taste has a bold roasted malt profile with a sharp bitter injection in the middle. The finish has a sour note.
The texture is thick with moderate carbonation.
The flavor profile is abrupt. Drinkable but not great. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Bevmo. It pours very black with a tan head. The aroma is very nice with big coffee, chocolate, caramel, pralines and vanilla. The flavor is sweet up front with coffee and caramel followed by a spicy malt and hop bouquet. Lots of roasted malt and coffee in the finish. Really tasty stuff