BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Beachwood during their 5th Anniversary party. Pours with a hazed golden yellow hue with a white head. Aroma of chlorine (which I sometimes associate with cocoa nibs in beer for some reason), cocoa nibs, bready malt, vanilla, light oxidative notes. Flavors are of chocolate, somewhat dry, medium bitterness, fudge, some stronger esters, grainy, lightly spicy. Strange concoction. Light bubbles, medium dry.
joeneugs (6231) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. A golden stout? Weird. Anyway it pours an orange color with an off white head. The aroma is peaches and wood with just a hint of cocoa. The color of this one really throws me off. Not necessarily in a bad way though. The flavor is weirdly woody, floral, and spicy with some caramel and a dry cedar like finish.
brokensail (16328) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a golden orange/amber color with a small white head.
S: Starts off with a surprising amount of oxidation to the beer, not sure why. I get some stale sugar and hops and maybe some brown sugar. A bit of citrus peel and pineapple and peaches, too.
T: Lots of sweetness to the flavor without quite so much of that oxidized character. I get a lot of caramel, brown sugar, and tons of sweet, light fruits. Pineapple, peach, plums, and oranges, to be more descriptive. Maybe a touch of floral honey notes, too.
M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: This was interesting, especially for a beer billed as a "golden imperial stout". Nothing stout like about it, really, but good either way.
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA. They told me it that it was a "Golden Imperial Stout" whatever that means. At any rate, I thought it was tasty.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well it is golden with a nice orange hue and a fizzy white head. Sweet malty and cacao nib aroma and taste with a chocolate taste to the finish. No hint of alcohol.