hayduke (5187) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
For some reason the brewer calls this Lompoc Special Draft instead of Strong Draft on the bottle. This poured a very rich dark ruby-brown color with a big tan head with huge bubbles. Nose of roasted caramel malts and some floral hops. Body is rich and heavy and the mouthfeel is creaml and smooth. The flavor is on the malty side with some ripe fruit and hops. This is very easy drinking. Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Tap @ Taphouse Grill. Opaque dark brown pour with a tan head and moderate lace. Start is slick and almost the right weight, but it lightens up quickly. Complex aroma of bitter chocolate, dates, licorice and hints of coffee, cherry and clove. Finish is fairly short and dry, with a slight milky sweetness. Body is only medium weight: a bit heavier and some slickness or oiliness in the mouth would make this ale outstanding. As it stands, itís very good. 22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Picked this up at a grocery store in Portland not knowing what to expect. Brought back to Seattle and realized that this is an incredibly complex ale. Pours fairly dark and gives the impresion of a strong london porter. Toffee on various levels, a touch of roast, licorice-like, some diacetyl, and a bit of peat...finishes a little sweet. I honestly could not distinguish the 6 hop varieties used, but could pick up a bit of citrus and some woody undertones. I would love to try this on draft next time Iím in the area. TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
light aroma. Pours a dark copper, thin tan head. Burnt malt, sweetish finish. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2010
I really enjoyed this! Very toasty and caramel malty on the aroma with a touch of what seemed to be spice. Smooth body feel on the palate as malts swipe over the tongue. Nicely placed touch of peaty smoke inside the body, which transfers over into a wide ranged blend of hops. Fairly grapefruity towards the finish. Mildly complex, and a tiny bit different in general. Dug it!!
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Draught at the Horse Brass Pub. Brown with a thick head. The aroma has sweet caramel, light smoke, and pine and grapefruit hop notes. The flavor is malty and lightly smokey with a nice rich crystal malt character but restrained sweetness. Hops are generous and pine/grapefruit, just sticking out over the malt. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a rich texture. A pretty cool beer that gets a nice amount of smoke in a malty and hoppy strong ale. drfabulous (7783) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Draught at brewpub. Did not like this one. To too strong of a strong ale. Musty. Lacks that strong ale taste. Somewhat smokey. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2010
[2964-20100626] Tap. Fresh toasted bread aroma. Clear, dark dark red brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. More bread toast yeast flavour has toasted malty grains. Medium body. Interesting, nice yeast characteristics.
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
(@ brewpub, Portland, OR)
2010-06-26. Dark brown body with a small beige head. 3+ Sweet flavour, sugary notes, very light roasty touches. Aroma is similar, mild overall, showing toast and roasty malt accents over sweet malt. Smooth average plus paalte is lightly carbonated. Enjoyably simple, its tasty but might get cloying in pint form. On Tap at the brewpub, Portland. jkcookin (4) - Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2010 does not count
Great American Strong Ale. Aroma: Sweet, smokey, nutty. Appearance: Dark brown heart, mahogany with golden corners. Taste: Smoke, chocolate malt, toffee, spice. Palate: Great balance between hoppy/bitter and malty/smooth.