slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"solid entry into the dark/strong beer category. like a dark lager or brown ale on steroids. quite enjoyable, roasted malts, and a noticeable hop presence." kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/03/2005MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest
dark amber, thin tan head, light sweet malt aroma with a hint of chocolate, rich malt flavor, light bitter finish, not a lot of anything
a touch of sweet raison in the aroma, hops start about mid way through and last through a long finish, a bit of warm alcohol in the finish before the bitterness kicks in
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 12/20
brownish copper color w/ a monster off white head odd sweet notes I cant really place, some toffee and some grass hop with hints of alcohol, a bit to light for a big beer. Palate is smooth & well coated, flavor is light. alcohol is masked well tastes sweet of toffee & soem brown sugar. Good but very plain. 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Tap. The beer pours to a clean looking dark chestnut body with a thin ring white head. The aroma is grapey and light. Toffee and iced tea. The flavor is corn syrup, toffee, iced tea, light floral and lemon hops. The palate does not have any detectable alcohol, yet I know its high. Medium-bodied, pretty "plain Jane". beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest, Dec 05. Pours very very deep brown. Sweet thick caramelly malt aroma laced with alcohol. Lots of thick sweet caramel malty flavors, with some medium fruit notes, and a clean moderate bitter finish. Alcohol was fairly present, and the beer was very warming.
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Growler shared by beeryum: Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a nicely-lacing off-white head. Sweet, sugary, toasty cookie malty aroma has a nice grassy, piney hop presence. Starts with a nice sweet dark caramel maltiness balanced with some crisp piney hops toward a warming alcoholic finish. Has some pleasant complexity throughout, but really could hide the alcohol better. Otherwise, a nice brew. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Tasted on tap at the 2005 Pizza Port Strong Ale festival. Dark orange gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is caramel malts and piney hops. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. Malts are roasted, caramel and sweet. Hops are piney and floral. Interesting beer, lots of malt sweetness at the start, then a fairly bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Pizza Port 9th as well as growler from Vista (which had the ABV listed as 10.2. The brewer said the previous brewer had some of the math wrong) Slightly hazy red/orange/brown color with a small off-white head and nice legs. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
PP: Toasty sweet malt aroma with a touch of smoke and prunes.
V:Big floral and grapefruity fresh hop aroma and light toasted malt.
PP:Sweet and malty with a light bitterness running through. Blaanced and drinkable with a slight warmth.
V: Toasted malt flavor with a good bit of grapefruit rind and mild bitterness on finish. Light alcohol pepper at the end.
Sampled at the Pizza Port 9th Strong Ale Festival. Agree with chilehead concerning the imperial brown characterization. Big malt character with enough hops to balance, a good brew that I’d like to try again. chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Had this last night on draft at Pizza Port’s strong ale fest in carlesbad. Brew had a nice balance between malt and hops. At first we thought it was a dunkel style, but upon more tastes I’d call it an imperial brown. Quite a good and interesting beer.