xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2007
On tap at melís in santa barbara. Dark amber with off-white head. Light caramel aroma with slight oak and hop spice. Nice caramel and toffee flavor and med malt sweetness. Medium bodied and creamy. Very nice. elgavilancillo (89) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
aroma and and taste is oaky very dark amber body with a medium head smooth finish nice enjoyable beer IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Very nice crystal clear light amber color, with a little white foam that fades quickly. Aroma is clean malty grainy with suggestion of hop bitterness, a touch toasty. Taste is smooth and somewhat rich maltiness, a little sweet, round, a little apple-pear fruitiness and a nice hop bitterness that lingers. A little bit of mild smokiness. The overall impression is a mild, pleasant, unobjecionable but unexciting beer, I donít think oak barrel brewing contrbuted anything positive to this beer, but rather softened and deadened a beer that was almost bland to begin with. Iím not a huge fan of the English style of pale ale and this one didnít change my mind. can8ianben (1538) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Rich and malty sweet. It complimented my thanksgiving turkey very nicely. Just a hint of hoppy overtone with just the faintest bitter finish. This is a very smooth and easy to drink beverage, but not as big or bold as I was expecting. Didnít really get the oak barrel impact, but maybe I just donít know what I should be tasting with that. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2007
12oz bottle. Pours a deep, slightly hazy orange-copper with ruby and old gold highlights. The head pours thin and quickly dissipates to nothing more than a thin white layer of haze floating on the surface. The aroma is sticky with malts and caramel. There is also just a touch of grassy hops in the aroma. Overall it smells more like barleywine than a pale ale (minus the alcohol). The flavor starts off with a taste of flowery and earthy hops mixed with sweet malts and lots of toffee and caramel. The middle of the tongue detects some notes of wood and a subtle, earthy bitterness. The malt profile gets a little more complicated and a little less caramely towards the back of the tongue. The balance is still heavy towards the malts. The finish is a little more balanced, though still quite malty, with a touch of grapefruit and earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy, and the carbonation level is just a bit too low. Were the beer a little lighter (more like a bitter) then the carbonation level would be right - but this beer needs a few more suds. Overall the beer is full-bodied but the finish is slightly dry. Overall, an interesting a drinkable beer, but not something particularly special. I would personally choose an everyday beer that was either a little lighter-bodied or a little hoppier - but then Iím a bona fide hophead...
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Watery yellow color. Faint grainy nose. Light grainy body. Not a lot of hops. GABF2007 raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 11, 2007
Bottle, Solvang, CA. Brown, fizzy head. Malty and fresh with some hoppiness, but nearly no bitterness. Smooth and refreshing. ABUSEDGOAT (2731) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Clear amber, moderate to small head, some lacing and retention. Aroma is toffee, caramel, light hops and a hint of oak. Medium bodied, almost no bitterness, slick but watery mouthfeel. Drinkable but kinda boring. shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2007
12oz bottle.. pours a full amber color with nice head. Smells somewhat malty and heavy. hits the palate with a hoppy spice and has a nice bitter ending. I enjoyed this beer and would recommend. beisen (90) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Nice amber color, rich inviting malty aroma. Solid malts with a little spiciness. A little bitter at the end, but definitely a worthy brew. Iíll have it again, no doubt.