JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 13, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2011 re-rate 3 Feb 2011
Nice brown pour with red highlights and a one inch white head. This beer is easy to drink, but nicely complex with sweetness, vanilla and some spiciness
------ tap at Karl Strauss in Costa Mesa, CA, this beer pours a dark mahogany color with an off white head. The flavor is mildly roasty with some candy sugar sweetness. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Bottle from snojerk321. Karl Strauss is in the house ho. Karl Strauss.com holler at your boy. Orange Blossom fest drunken debauchery whats up bitch thats whats up. Driving the palate van around with people sitting on cases like a motherfucking taxi cruising through Riverside breaking all the laws. Oh yeah. Nose on this one is light belgian yeast, touch of brown bread, vanilla, and caramel. Pretty pleasant nose actually. Great looking beer, awesome lace and head on top of a brown beer with nice red hues. Brown bread, light fruity yeast notes and a touch of vanilla. Easy drinking yet rather complex. Light sweet and dry mouth feel. Really nice Bet this mother fuking thing wasn’t made in mother fucking Stevens Point. Step your game up. ghawener (1615) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - JAN 1, 2011
Draft @ Karl Strauss Brewery in downtown San Diego. Nice bready, malty and sweet. Food Pairing: Rollo Loco. User134089 (1644) - - DEC 4, 2011
Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Bully’s East in San Diego, Calif. Color was mahogany, reddish brown. Maybe an inch of head. Circular lacing on the top. Good amount of film on the sides.
Smelled of roasty malts. Also some caramel malts in there as well. Hints of citrus in there, too.
Tasted cloves up front, followed by caramel, roasty malts. Banana and chocolate in there as well. Very smooth.
Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.
I liked this beer a lot. This could’ve been a few spots higher or lower with the ratings, but I ended up with this rating. Good beer. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
6th rate for this beer. Tap at the other Lucky Baldwin’s. Nose is a candy glaze over a roasty US porter. Color is flat dark black. Tastes very slightly like a dark rauchbier but then flattens and sweetens with dark spices. Went great with the bread pudding.
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Pours a medium brown with a frothy beige head. aroma heavy on roasted malt, baked bread, hazlenut, and yeast. flavor is interesting with some roasted malt flavors, bread, hazelnut, spices,a little vanilla, and a little banana from the belgian yeast. has a medium body and a warming and dry finnish. overall, I was suprised at the quality of this one, which ended up being quite good considering the brewer. stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
I liked it but it’s kinda weird. Probably better beer without my "judging hat" on, enjoying the toasty/creamy character that was not terribly unlike Fat Tire. Described as "Belgian" but doesn’t taste much like any Belgian beers I’ve had. But I’m no expert. Bready. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours caramel brown with an off-white head. Nose is tobacco, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and maple. Flavor is similar with brown sugar and Belgian yeast. Light-bodied and very good. marcus (10890) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle from BevMo Arden. Pours dark brown with a nice beige head and a vanilla aroma. There is a rich coffee and dark fruit flavor with a peppery vanilla finish. BillKismet (4165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Surprised to see this categorized as a brown ale rather than as a Belgian ale... Anyway, this brew hit the spot. Thinnish brown-amber appearance--translucent body, with a slice of head. Spicy root beer aroma and flavor that showcases the melding of brown malt and clovey Belgian character. Full-bodied, evincing a pleasing complexity.Spicy Belgian yeast, caramel and brown malts, all playing in sweet harmonic balance.