JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
On tap. Dark copper pour, off-white head. Malt, caramel, nuts, slight note of dark dried fruit. It’s okay, nothing special. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2008
Tap @ Solana Beach. Pours clear copper with a 1 cm tall white head. Malt, straw, caramel, and nuts in the aroma. Crisp, sharp crystal malt taste. Some toffee and caramel flavors, with the omnipresent straw flavor finish. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
On-tap at PPSB. Pours a medium brown red color with a crispy white head. There is a little lace. Crispy malty nose, somewhat sweet in the background. Tastes semi-sweet of caramelly malts, crisp. Medium bodied beverage, very active carbonation. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
On tap at brewery. Copper red with no head. Sweet sugar and a mild spice aroma. Watery palate with a malty roasty taste and a great finish. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2008
On draft @ Port Solana. Poured a medium amber with a reddish tint. Head was thin and beige in color. Aroma was mostly sweet with some clove spice notes. Flavor was malty with a light touch of herbal hops in the backdrop.
ClarkVV (6821) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2007 Draught at ABF on 6/16/07GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 17, 2007
A brownish-strawberry colored beer with darker beige and auburn hues. Off-white head is full and retained well, leaving light lacing. Clarity is high.
Very malt forward in the nose (and flavor), plentiful pale and caramel malts jump at you with a sticky, vanilla-meets-caramel note that is dried by some crackery/bready notes and fruity yeast esters. It remains quite sweet, though, with light hoppiness adding leafy, lightly citric and herbal qualities. No alcohol or flaws are present. Medium strength of aroma. Gets more succulent in the hop department as it warms, but cookie dough and bready caramel notes further intensify the maltiness.
Fruity malts and light earthy character from the toasted malt provide a potential balance to the strong vanilla-cream-cookie dough sweetness, while light lemon-flavored citrus hops provide some bitterness. Very strong texture from all the malt, and a medium amount of carbonation, giving it a creamy consistency. Breadiness on the finish is moderate, and builds up to add dryness, but the malt sweetness is probably a bit too dominant, at least in my opinioin. Certainly this is a malt-focused style, however, so I can hardly call it a major complaint. Citrus and tangy herbal notes combine with bready-sourdough like toastiness to lend some much-needed acidity to the palate, with warming. No flaws, nor alcohol noted.
Draft. Brown-Coke syrup in color. No head. Chocolatey, malty in aroma. Sweet, sugary taste. OK - but not distinctive from the others I’ve had at American Beer Fest (Boston) padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
This is from a memory of it. Draft at Solana Beach. Poured a reddish brown, with a decent head. Tastes of Caramel, sweetness, roasted nuts. A slight taste of whiskey rids the initial sweetness. Decent brew. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Pours with a deep amber-red body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a slight grainy note and a hoppy, bitter background. Meidum bodied, smooth and a touch dry. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Draft at Pizza Port Solana Beach: Amber chestnut color, nose of peat and roast, some chocolate and a bit of sweet nutty caramel. The flavor is medium bodied, plenty of melanoidins and a thin palate. Decent oaky notes.