papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 28, 2005
Dark brown color with rudy highlights and a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of alcohol. Flavor starts malted chocolate followed by light dark chocolate and a light bitterness in the finish. Smooth, rich creamy palate. 8.5% ABV effect is noticable. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Multiple aromas in this one. Roasted coffee, some fruit notes and toast. Dark brown body but when held to light has that ruby hue. Head was average but was lasting nad some lacing cover on the glass. Flavor was alcohol bite at first. With a toasted roasty flavor in the middle and a caramel sweet taste at the finish. Man this is a good one. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle poured dark red, almost black with a thick white head.
Aroma of roasty malt, chocolate and toast.
Flavor is roast malt, caramel and dark fruits with a light , tangy alcohol finish.
Good beer! Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 17, 2005
poured a dark red/brown with a creamy off white head.aroma of belgian yeast,malt,and hops.alot like a dubbel.chocolate,toffee,hops,alcohol,and yeast make up the flavor.the flavor is much different than the aroma.and i would say the overall feel i get from this would be a light porter/dubbel.this is a very interesting brew. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 11, 2005
22 oz bottle. A dark brown pour with a medium head, aroma is toasted malt, hops. Nutty, toasted malt, dark bread & fruit with a peaty earthy hops bitterness. An enjoyable brew, possess some distinct, fairly bold character. And gee, I lived through the experience to tell about it; the death masks on the label and the whole theme did not even give me nightmares.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Dark brown with red tinges. Medium sized tan head. Nutty, toasty malt aromas mingle with a spritely hop presence. Nutty flavors with a slight douginess. Counterbalanced by muted bitterness and floral tones from the hops. Finish is somewhat medicinal. Mouthfeel is suprisingly medium bodied. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
(Draft: Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA)Even though I knew I would buy a full pint, I tried a small sample in a taster glass first, just because the bartender offered it to me, and like I’m going to refuse free beer! From the taster, it seemed like a hoppy brown ale, no more than 6% alcohol. But now I have a full pint, and wow, this is so much more than just the hoppy brown ale I thought it might be. Sweet, malty, lightly roasty, and very caramely, this is damn tasty stuff! It’s moderately bitter, which helps to balance out the sweet, rich maltiness. Alcohol shows moderate presence when the beer is cold, but as it warms up, the 8.5% becomes more than apparent, becoming a touch medicinal and seeming to well exceed the 8.5%. Sweet, malty, lightly roasty nose could be a bit more aromatic, and once again, alcohol becomes more apparent in the nose as the beer warms. Very dark, ruddy mahogany body is fully translucent against the daylight pouring in through the windows of Pizza Port, and with the deep ruddiness, looks like some of the blood from an evil ceremony found its way into the beer. Light tan head pours to just under an inch in height, and though it fades to a sheen, it leaves a fairly dense blanket on the glass. After an okay start, Green Flash and Reaper Ale just continue to impress the hell out of me. Add yet another beer to the mountain of gems from San Diego. herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 On tap at Hollingsheads. Dark pour with a decent tan head. Very easy drinking brew. Light roasted nose but the flavor is full and well rounded. Reminds me a little of a sugar cookie. Vanilla with some doughiness. Enough roasted malt to keep it from being cloying. Very good. SDalkoholic (2431) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 3, 2005
22 oz bottle: A very dense and heavy colored brown accompanied by a decent layering of head. The aroma is mild and will have a light roasted malt background along with a pinch of vanilla and hops lingering in the nose. After the first sip, i immediately could notice a rich flavor of sweetness and dark roast malt. Other such qualities noted are things like toffee, molasses syrup, vanilla bean, and fig. Throughout the entire drink a small short lived creaminess will remain while also giving way to a bittering hop finish. Indeed i enjoyed this brew just as i have all the other Reapers. If only this was available in a six pack would i be that much more satisified. Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2005
On Tap-Brewery/22 oz bottle (I had to try it both ways)
Beuatiful pour, nice off white head, moderate lacing. Very complex nose to this one. Currants? Blackberries? Mild hop note, very malty aroma. Very hearty mouthfeel, very rich on the palate. Again berries? currants? Lots of chocolate/cocoa notes as well. This beer has a lot going on, A symphony for the senses! Chuck’s most ambitious beer yet! Well Done!