djd07 (14517) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2017 durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask from the Toronado in SF. Pours copper with a tiny light beige head. Nose of toffee malts and English hops. Balance of sweet and bitter taste. Simple but great.
On tap at RateBeer Best. Pours a dark amber with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is toasted malt and dark fruit. Medium body, bready malt, caramel, dry finish, decent. Fatehunter (2567) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2017
Finger of head on a hazy red body. Aroma is caramel, spices and a touch of lemon. Taste is rye, dry grains, caramel and grapefruit. Solid. Texture is thicker. anstei (2248) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala.
Pours clear dark amber.
Aroma is toasted caramel, grassy hops, malty forward.
Medium body, strong later bitterness, again lots of malt and long cooked hops.
Long bitter palate. Okay. slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Dark amber with a nutty earthy aroma. Slight hops in the back end of the flavor. Earthy caramel, lightly bitter. culchiem (3978) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 18, 2016
Draught at Mikkeler SF. Dark Amber with a frothy head. Aroma is nutty malt. Flavour is bitter nut, English bitter texture. Dry fruity finish.
Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2016
On tap at Flavor Bistro - Santa Rosa. Pour is amber colored with a medium tan head. Aroma and flavor of apple crisp, grass, caramel, biscuit malt, and bitterness. Finish is clean and easy to drink. DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/29/16] Draught at Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa. Cloudy dark amber with a beige head. Aroma of malt, toast, caramel, some fruitiness, earthy hops. Sweetish flavor with malt, caramel, toast, some fruitiness, and a bitter earthy hops finish. Medium-bodied. KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 30, 2016
Tap at flavor. Citrus hop nose, toasty, light caramel,nice rich malt. Reddish orange-amber color. Nicely balanced ESB, good malt, citrus hops. BuckeyeBoy (7680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2016
On tap at flavor pours out a cola brown topped with a sand head. nose is citrus hops some malty roast . taste is more of the malty roast and a bitterness on the end. 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.