WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Cask at PP Solana. After letting the cask settle it is dark brown with a half finger cream head. The nose is light and malty. This brew is very smooth, nicely sweet and malty. The cask is really pretty nice to this beer, not that I’ve had the draft version. 505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
On tap out of the cask at Solana. Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma is very mild, slightly roasty. Flavor is very Brittish, mild, but nice, malty and roasty up front, with a bitter and woody finish. The texture is amazing, creamy, low carbonation. The style is not my cup of tea really, but a good version of it. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2007
On tap @ Pizza Port (Solana Beach - Pours a deep amber color with a nice size off white head. Thick lacing. Aroma is light toasted malt. Flavor is also toasted malt with a touch of esters. Light to medium body. A good beer. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Draft; at the San Clemente location. A clear dark brown; with a medium head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and a hint of coffee. Flavor was much of the same with a subtle hop presence and some hints of fruit; a moderately creamy mouthfeel. New to the style, but I enjoyed it. Re rate; lowered it to 3.3 from 3.4. ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2007
Should have seen this coming….in the land of IPAs, double IPAs, and more, I’m confronted by perhaps the most flavorful, but reserved mild ale I’ve ever tasted. On cask at PP Solana Beach on 3/23/2007
Sammy (12491) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
Dark mahogany brown body is accentuated with light maroon and chestnut hues. Medium-sized, dark beige head is very well-retained and laces moderately. Clarity is medium-high.
Very subtle in the nose, though still a fair bit of dry chocolate and well-attenuated, but very aromatic barley malt, it seems to produce a fine, almost creamy-like yeast essence that is soft, pleasantly bland and just immensely clean. Very elegant hazelnut and mild vanillla notes sit on the finish, with just a touch of light roast that never disturbs the balance or takes away from the mild character of the beer. Creamy malts continue on after the finish, with a soft, glowing fruitiness that is lightly apparent as well. Very strong aroma from a pint glass and at a crowded bar. No flaws.
If the aroma was well-done and lovely, then the flavor is just jaw-dropping. At the very first sip I was uttering expletives. How they worked this incredibly clean, but still very fresh and apparent yeastiness in to this beer, I’ll never know. It works hand-in-hand with the creamy pale malts, while the chocolate, hazelnuts and light vanilla dance about lightly through the middle, ending with very soft cherry-vanilla-like esters and light chocolate suggestions. Almost a wheat-like smoothness to the body which is held together by a surprisingly firm texture, despite the fact that the stuff never seems remotely "heavy" or "thick". Even the requisite wateriness, part of the style, which gives it its quenching drinkability is there, though the beer is so flavorful, you barely notice it. Coffee is perfectly done, no way else to describe it. Nips of caramel are glimpsed as well. A true masterpiece of subtle, low gravity brewing. This must have been very fresh. I want more......
Dark beer with a good head, malty with a sourness at the end. Good rep of the style. On tap at Solena Beach. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
On the cask @ Solana Beach. Pours nearly opaqe brown with a huge cascading tan head. Aroma of caramel and cocoa. Creamy mouthfeel. Taste is roasted malt, cocoa, light coffee, and light oak/wood flavor. Dry aftertaste. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2006
GABF 06. Very nice for a mild. Brown. Aroma is light caramel malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is roasty, coffee flavors with some chocolate also. Light bitter roasty finish. Flavorful low ABV beer. bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
On tap at Solana Beach (cheers fordest). I really liked this one. Malty aroma and flavour. Notes of dark fruit, caramel and a hiint of chocolate. Yummy. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 10, 2006
on draft at Solana Beach pizza port. dark brown. smokey/medicinal nose. thin palate. smoke taste - not a complicated beer.