bhensonb (14748) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Sacramento venue. Pours slightly ruddy amber with a creamy beige head. Aroma is malty. Med body; creamy carb. Flavor seems vinous, and rough roast malt. Not all that sweet, and there’s a touch of floral/fruit hop bitter, but it’s on the sweet side. Interesting.
Earlier Rating: 3/13/2011 Total Score: 3.4
Tap at the Rubicon. Pours clear brilliant coppery brown. thick sweet aroma. Med body/mild carb. It’ssweet, and just a little sticky at the finish. It’s pretty much smooth malt that’s medium roasted. Might be a touch of smoke, but if so it’s very light. There’s a very little astringent bitter in the finish. Drinks smooth like Newcastle brown, but with somewhat more flavor.
bb (8952) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt aroma with toffee/caramel. Toffee and light grain flavor with light dark frutiness. Medium bodied. Dark fruit and toffee lingers with light grain and light mineral notes.
DYCSoccer17 (3674) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
8 ounce sample on tap at Rubicon. Faint, slightly metallic, slightly sugary sweet aroma with some subdued peated malts. Decent aroma. Transparent amber body with a small, medium-yellow head. Virtually no lacing. Starts a little sweet with caramel notes. Becomes strangely buttery with diacetyl hints shortly thereafter. More sweetness with peated malts and caramel hints that come through in the finish. Fairly full-bodied, but I really get a weird buttery flavor, which is off-putting. Late herbal and floral notes along with mineral characteristics.