BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014 iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at OB PP. Hazy garnet with a lasting 1/2 finger creamy beige head. I smell some lightly sweet fig/raisins and tangy red wine. The flavor is a bit sweeter with some brown sugar, still has a fair amount of wine, though not too oaky, though it is there. Some fruity banana esters in both aroma and flavor as it warms. Not too sweet, or perceived sweetness, rather. Alcohol masked pretty decently well in the dry finish, bitterness peaked at a 2. Light carbonation (maybe I waited too long) with a medium body. The yeast components were either pretty weak, or else overpowered by the wine, my guess is the former. That said, not bad at all. Just didn’t seem to be very dubbel-y, though it did have a few elements of the style.
Some nutmeg and bark. Maybe some floral notes. Definite grape sweetness. A decent belgian dubbel with a firm handshake. Not a bad offering from the generally inconsistent Twisted Manzanita Brewing Company. tkingsbury2 (31) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
This one was rough, ended up only finishing half the pint...flat, tart, overall not a good mixture of flavors. O well.... jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2013
22oz bottle shared by jtclockwork-thin lt tan-dk copper. A-fruit, med malt, spice, slight nail polish remover, wood. T-fruit-grape, cocoa, spice hops, wood. Short finish. jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark amber brown with tan head. Nose is chocolate, red wine, caramel malt, tannins, cocoa and red grape. Taste is mostly chocolate covered tannins with some red grape. Short finish. Body on lighter side of medium. bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Dark fruit and malt aroma with light yeast. Malt and light darker fruit flavor with light wine and light oak. Medium bodied. Light dark malts and oak linger with dark fruit and malt.
bhensonb (15601) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred seems to have access to interesting ales - so if you’d like to order online - give it a shot. So, having done a bit of a schill, on to the rating! Pours hazy dark amber/brown with a slight creamy/bubbly beige head. Aroma of roasted malt with chocolate notes. With some subtle oaky vinosity. Full bodied. Flavor is fresh. Fresh what? Medium dark fruit, grapes, and lightly roasted malt. There’s a red berry component. But in another way it’s as refreshing as spring water. This is an amazingly complex, yet simple, ale. It’s like the equivalent of a fresh hop ale. And tho I"m sure there’s hop here, that’s not the point. It’s really a wonderful experience. gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours a murky red brown, almost looks somewhere in between bloody mary mix and iced tea Some light brown foam hangs out for about 30 seconds before exiting stage vertical. Aromas of something between bananas and bubble gum overlap with a hint of red wine barrel musty-bitterness. Perhaps just a tough of soy sauce, or tangy caramel lingering in there as well. Taste is sweet and full bodied up front. Mid palate thins out and becomes somewhat hollow and metallic, before a return to a bittersweet finish. The red wine barrels definitely take over in the palate, slightly slick mouthfeel, but there is too much empty space with this brew. Definitely decent, and something I’d be VERY fine with if it came from my home brew set up, but not quite all the way home... approaches good balance with some malty sweetness met by the red wine earthy spice and bitterness, but, taste after taste, there is something missing in the mid-palate that maybe some more bottle aging would have helped with? Anyway, glad I tried it. At least it’s not a pour-o de drain-o.... far from it. jbeatty (1256) - New York, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle, 09/15/2012. Pours deep, true brown, one-finger dense creamy head, curtain lacing. Aroma of bubblegum, banana yeast, nutty toffee and brown sugar, brown malts, mild oak in the finish, maybe a hint of red wine. Taste is dark fruit, dark malts, slight roast character, yeast banana esters in the end, dry oaky finish. Medium thin body. Not a bad effort, decent. SDalkoholic (2408) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop: Aroma was lively with a fresh scent of authentic Belgian yeast that gives off a bit of spiciness while also showing off a sturdy backbone of malts—I’m impressed with the aroma right off the back. Color is a dark organic golden honey hue with a decent layer of foam on top. Flavor isn’t as tasty as the initial aroma promised but this still delivers a heavy malt bill backed with a soft usage of Belgian yeast that delivers layers of clove, coriander, lime leaf, and some other type of spice I can’t quite put my finger on. I feel Manzanita deserves some credit for this one, although, considering that it was an anniversary ale and the recipe style, it should have been properly bottles in a traditional Belgium style bottle with cork. I can only imagine a year or so with those proper bottling conditions could have only done justice to this recipe. mjg74 (3151) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bomber from Bottle Bin. Sweet yeasty nose with a bit of bubblegum. Sweet yeasty flavors with a bit of spiciness. Some definite wine notes lingering. Pretty tasty dubbel with an interesting twist.