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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A deep amber ale with pronounced hop bitterness and aromatics, substantial and balanced.

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4.6
BiscuitMalt (6) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2015 does not count
At the Monk’s Kettle and Toronado I found this example of brewing perfection. If you could get this on a handpull with a sparkler from a well-kept cellar (no offence Toronade, but you ain’t got a Scooby) it would hit a full 5.0 I’m sure. Malt: beautiful, biscuity, caramel malt that hits you with it’s sweetness in that smooth mouthfeel before you start to get the hop aromas so piney and grassey and.. oops, I think I just need to get some Kleenex. Anyway, what a beer. The guy that makes this is a F*&^%ng genius. Wasted on the Americans. I’m not joking, in the Toranado the girl behind the bar warned me it was "warm and flat" because she clearly has no appreciation for cask and when I got it I wanted to slap her. JUst a great beer that offers brilliant complex malt and superb, fresh, prominent US hop flavours with just the right amount of bitterness. No one in the UK makes a cask bitter this good, to my knowledge.

3.7
tightslice (1436) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 19, 2015
On tap at The Shed in Healdsburg, CA. Pours a dark cola. Solid malts and nice bitter finish. Well received.

3.3
zeek (194) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
Underwhelming aroma but looks great. Nice mild malty taste, finishes like a bitter. Its good.

2.7
cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2014
On tap in Santa Rosa. Pours a hazy reddish brown appearance with a big tan head. Toasty caramel malty nose that is awfully floral / soapy. High bitterness. Toasted grain, toffee flavor with lots of potpourri. Too soapy and bitter for my taste.

3
OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Pint at Road in the hole. Cask. Ok aroma sweet. Little grass, Little caramel little Apple. Clean reddish Orange color. Good head and lace. Bitter flavor. Lite body thin smooth mouthfeel. Dry bitter finish. It’s ok. Nice lingering bitter finish. Fine bitter.

4
rarbring (2290) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
Overall: Bitter, solid.
Note: Cask at Toronado. Reviewed 2014-03-22.

3.3
AdamChandler (5178) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Very dark red. Sticky head. Definitely to style of a bitter. Aroma is spot on. Really nice. Great sugary caramel malt backbone. Nice aromatic bitterness and cough drop finish

3.5
mcberko (18956) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
On cask at Toronado San Francisco, pours a clear copper with a small bubbly beige head. Nose is traditionally English, with notes of English malt, some coppery notes, and toasted rye crusty bread. Flavour brings out a mix of English ingredients and American-heavy hopping, with notes of toasted bread, piney hops, and some metallic notes, with a considerable astringency. Extremely drinkable, despite the over-the-top hopping. More abrasive than a traditional bitter, but well-executed.

3.4
VastActiv (7592) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Tap at Olde Depot, Oakland. Colour is clear light brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, some sweetness, hints of toffee, caramel, hops and malts.

3.2
Meilby (11692) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2013
Draught @ Toronado, San Francisco, CA
Pours clear amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, floral and grass. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.


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