San Francisco Brewers Guild Imperial Common

RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Common brewed at Speakeasy by the San Francisco Brewers Guild as a collaboration beer for San Francisco Beer Week 2010.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (42183) - 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.
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16332) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
A: The pour is a clear golden color with some orange notes to it with a white head and some mild lacing. S: The nose is interesting with plenty of caramel and bready malt with a bit of oak and some mild peat. T: I was slightly surprised that the peat was much more pronounced on the tongue than in the nose. The same bready and sweet malts were there as well as the vanilla and whiskey flavors. M: The body is medium, a bit on the full side for a lager, with moderate carbonation. D: I wasnt exactly sure what to expect from this, but I suppose I was pleasantly surprised. Normally you dont think of lagers and barrel aging, but this one worked fairly well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (14076) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
On tap at Bistro DIPA Fest poured a clear tarnished copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, light oak and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, vanilla and oak with a smooth carmely finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12317) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2010
@Thirsty Bearon tap-pours a light tan head and dark amber color. Aroma is mild sweet light/medium malt, some lemon. Taste is mild sweet light/medium malt, some lemon, some earthy/spice hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
Draft at Pizzeria Paradiso. Pours a clear amber with a thin off-white head. Pretty good lacing. Strange DIPA nose with some odd fruitiness abounding like strawberry candies and apple strudel. Taste is mostly massive drying bitterness with spicy alcohol at the end. Wouldnt have placed this as a barrel aged project.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8914) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8408) - 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 didnt get anything from this beer that even hints that it was even stored next to a Whiskey barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (6231) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
On tap at the Hopyard. Pours a reddish clear amber gold with an off white creamy head. Looks good. The aroma is fruity and hoppy with tropical fruit, banana, pine, peach, grapefruit and caramel. The flavor is spicy and bitter with alcohol and fruit basket. Very hoppy bitter finish. I didnt pick up any barrel notes. Well executed, but Im not sure I like the concept.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
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.
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Tasted on tap at the 10th Bistro Double IPA Festival on 2/6/2010. This California Common pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, caramel and yeasty. A medium bodied California Common. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange and yeasty. A slightly touch of wood, mostly at the finish. It has that steam beer ester and yeast, but with a lot more ester and yeast. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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