bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Draft. Rich amber beer with a nice cream colored head. Citrus and light mineral aroma. Bready, mineral flavor with light spice. Medium-plus bodied. Bready and light mineral tones linger with spice, light earth, and just a bit of a barrel note. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2010
On tap at Thirsty Bear brewpub. Pours amber with copper edges and lasting light tan head. The aroma is light with caramel mixing with yeast and dates. The taste is sweet to start with. I get caramel covered dates, roasty malts and a light level of yeastiness. It smooths out into the finish leaving mainly caramel maltiness, an almost coriander spicy sense and some roasty malts heading into the after taste. The roast here helps prevent it from becoming too sweet. I didn’t get anything from this beer that even hints that it was even stored next to a Whiskey barrel. aaronbr (188) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Dark red color, on draft at the Rose and Crown as part of SF Beer Week. Aroma is very indistinct, nothing too special. I could taste the hints of whiskey barrels used in the brewing process. Interesting, but the flavor falls a bit flat when it fizzles to a lasting bitterness. Got better after the first few sips, but overall just ’okay’ in my book. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Draft @ TAPS Petaluma. Pours a bright, clear, medium orange-caramel color, like bright brass; solid, fine-bubbled white head with good retention and solid lacing. Crisp, refreshing aroma of wet and lightly honeyed malts, well-attenuated, toasty, no alcohol, no barrel showing through. Medium-to-full body: average levels of carbonation; slightly alcoholic warmth coming through as this warms up; well-attenuated, toasty and malty brew with an almost imperceptible barrel character; seems like a larger version of Anchor Steam or an underhopped amber: toasty, malty, pleasantly dry, but underwhelming. Well-made blandness. Lasting finish of toasty malts and hints of brown sugar. yespr (45447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden dark orange with a small off-white head. Solid grainy and light hoppy aroma. Caramelish and grainy flavoured. Nice bitterness breaking the solid notes yet not with any refreshing hops notes. Stays dark grainy.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Earlier Rating: 2/14/2010 Total Score: 3.8
From tap at Rose and Crown. Pours clear and golden deep orange to amber with a small and off-white head and a nice lacing. Aroma is solid wooden, pine and peachy hops fruity. Bitter and distinct fruity. Pine and grape flavoured. Bitter and dry finish.
Tasted at brewery. Golden with a fizzy head and a faint malty aroma. Smooth palate and an earthy mildly caramel taste with some sugar notes. Decent.illidurit (2340) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Earlier Rating: 2/13/2010 Total Score: 3.8
Clear golden red with a fizzy white head. Caramel and toffee aroma with some grapefruit notes. Sweet malty, caramel, grapefruit, and candy tastes with a smooth silky palate.
On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz as part of a flight. Pours amber in the sample-sized glass, with a small tan head. Aroma is grainy and bready with some caramel and oak. Flavor, in addition to the expected cereal grains and fresh bread, has a hint of lime, which could either be some sort of sour mash whiskey note or a crappy tap line (50/50 chance for each option). Very little spirit influence as far as I can tell, maybe a little thinning of the body with some astringency. Some dry earthy hoppiness but not a particularly characterful beer. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
golden orange to burnt red color. warming on the way down. nice and malty. bit sparkly too. taste really lingers. perfect spring beer nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
On tap at the Rose & Crown during SF Beer Week. Clear golden-copper color with a small off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is very biscuity and slightly woody. A little caramel and grain. Flavor is biscuit and caramel malt, maybe a little grain. Oaky -bal aging is evident, as well as a slight hint of vanilla. Whiskey is extremely subtle. Flavor is similar to an amped-up -bal aged Fat Tire. Very nice mouthfeel - medium bodied and fairly dry, with some slight hop bitterness. Overall this beer is pretty good for what it is. Drinkability is high. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Draught at Bistro’s 10th DIPA festival. I know, not a DIPA, but I had to give this one a try just for kicks. Imperial common? Why not; and why don’t we age it in whiskey barrels while we’re at it? Actually, not a bad beer, but not really my cup of tea. Amber with a small head. Spicy grain and caramel aroma with a touch of whiskey alcohol. Lots of earthy caramel in the flavor with lower bitterness and a lightly sweet graininess in the finish. Decently hoppy in flavor, with lots of earth and a touch of mint. Just a touch of barrel character with some woody spice and light alcohol. Medium bodied. Interesting, and really does work that northern brewer common character, but notched up a bit.