beernamer (5) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2010 does not count
Quiet carbination allows this pleasant dark to fill your mouth with a warm (6.9 abv) malty comfort. If your just getting into darks, put this on your list. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2009
MMMMalty caramel aroma wafts above this rather dark brown ale. Very nice but quickly disappearing head. Rich, caramelly and a tinge of hops. Very tangy like a strong American brown with lots of toasted malts. I enjoy it a lot! 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. thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2007
This draft brew from the brew pub poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a opaque no visible carbonation black colored body. The strong stout-like aroma was brown malt and dark malt. The mouth feel was smooth at the start and mediumly tingly at the finish hoppy aftertaste. The stout-like flavor contained notes of hops roasted malt and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again. cathcacr (649) - Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 On draft from the Oaks Bottom Public House in SE Portland (Sellwood dist.). LSD, as it was called there. Very ESBy but with a considerably stronger/more intense flavor profile than usual for the style. Quite sweet.
jimmbo123 (44) - Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2009
On re-rate from the bottle: Smoked elements very prominent. This almost presents as an old ale.
I tried this in the bottle. I also tried the Bourbon Barrel Aged version at Portland International Beer Festival. I tried 13 beers there, the beers I tried averaged 3 tickets each. This is one was only 2 tickets and one of only three that I would buy again (and did)! I agree that the taste is hard to define. It’s very complex with a flavor character like an ESB, but very concentrated (thick) like a stout. Bourbon flavor is overkill, since it’s already complex enough. dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottled, pour deep dark amber/brown with faint red around glass with fluffy brown head, sweet malt with light nutty and roasted aroma with hints of dark sugars, full bodied with light sweetness up front large roasted quality noted mid way with finish of hop bitters in the end, very well balanced overall wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
not a bad beer at all, actually surprised. nice malt forward smooth beer. nothing offensive about it. very sessionable for me, goes down like a bud light does a rednecks gullet. Zymurgeist2 (2440) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Massive chocolate and malt aroma. Beautiful. Pours a hazy brown with garnet all around. Khaki head slowly ebbs. Medium-thin mouthfeel up front leads to a full more-rounded finish. Slight cola but otherwise a nice toffee, roasted and smooted taste. Chocolate blends with some coffee. Travlr (26431) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Draft at 5th Quadrant. Aroma of silky, rich chocolate. Taste is smooth dark chocolate. Very nice.