raphael (1286) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2008
On tap at mickey finn’s. Mild spicy aroma, with some caramel sweetness, But whoa, a strong set of flavors--spice,pine,hops, maple, alcohol. cloudy brown with a thin off white head. explosive in the mouth bhensonb (15603) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Bottle from John’s Marketplace. Pours very ruddy copper with a multifinger foamy beige head. Warm aroma of roasted malt and xmasy spices. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt, but not harshly roasted. The spices aren’t quite there. But there is something bitter balancing the malt - like subtle rosemary? Or maybe just fruity/floral hop. It’s a bit dirty/gritty in the finish. Still not harsh though. Really good ale, but not really great ale. Or maybe it is. Reid (2605) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2010
22oz bomber from the Roths market close to my apartment in Salem.
Nice looking beer againhazelnut brown with a very nice looking cream coloured head.
The aroma however is rather more subdued than i imagined it would be mainlly biscuity malts..rather odd as i did not chill this at all.oh well.
Taste is better thankfully full of toffee, caramel, roasty maltiness with a delicious hop bite at the end to finish it off with a bit of spice.
Nice palate to this one,quite silky and thick.
Overall another intresting and good beer from a smaller Oregon brewery. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2010
22. Pours an opaque, near-black ebony. Dense creamy sand-colored head falls fairly quickly away to a loose scattering of bubbles. Good sheeting lace. Nice dark roasty piney nose, a little molasses there. Creamy medium body, soft carb. Very full mouthfeel. Roast, pine, biscuit, molasses, and some earthy hop bite at the finish. Very solid little winter warmer. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
22oz bottle shared by DuffManSW. Rating #16. Murky dark brown pour with a light tan head. Odd aroma, light caramel and a little chocolate, but there’s something else I can’t put my finger on. Roasty dark chocolate flavor with a little bitterness in the end, not bad. (1199)
DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
01-May-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 30-Dec-09 for $4.77 at liquidsolutions.net) This well-hopped brown ale pours hazy, amber-brown into the glass with over an inch of foamy, dark-tan head forming. Retention is about average as the head settles to a thin, almost filmy layer, leaving a moth-eaten curtain of lace on the glass. The malty nose is chocolaty, somewhat caramely, and earthy, with moderately aromatic grassy hop notes just slightly in the background. This balance continues on the palate, with malt-driven flavors of chocolate, burnt toast, earth and wood mingling with piney, citrusy and grassy hop notes. As the sips mount, however, the hop flavor and bitterness lingers on the palate, finishing strongly. The weight is full-bodied, but it’s still light on its feet, the dryness and hop bitterness keeping the mouthfeel lively. Carbonation is medium but pleasant and smooth. The gnome may be ill tempered, but the beer surely calms his unpleasant disposition. A very enjoyable winter ale from a brewery that is quietly putting out great beers. ineptbeerman (3) - Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2011 does not count
Very nice dark amber color, no head, nice nose. Very nice strong ESB, bitterness lingers on the tounge. Very solid beer. Ratman197 (15208) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, nuttiness, earthiness and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness and light earthiness with a smooth lingering carmel finish. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish dark amber color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose has some nice toasting to it with just a hint of caramel coming through. Taste isn’t sweet, and has a nice dry bite to it that really highlights the toasting. Nice drink. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
22 oz. bomber purchased at BevMo. It pours a dark red color with a nice creamy off white head. The aroma is pretty well balanced with toast, toffee and light fruit salad with some hints of floral, herbal hops. The flavor is more hoppy than the aroma with some strong earthy, floral bitterness, sweet toffee, caramel, toast, fruit and hints of cocoa. It kind of tastes like a cross between an English Strong Ale and a Winter Warmer/Old Ale. Pretty tasty stuff.