kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ TAPS Petaluma. Pours a dark, seemingly hazy, reddish-brown color; huge, textured, creamy off-white head with great retention and intricate lacing; gorgeous pour. Medium amounts of caramel, red fruitiness, and I almost want to guess a characterful English yeast, but I think this is probably more creamy, toffee-laden malt complexity than anything else. Medium body: creamy, lively carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel; lively acidity, to boot; moderate amounts of chewy caramel (nicely developed melanoidins), toffee, and red fruits; well-developed, well-attenuated maltiness; no warmth, nothing cloying, just a generous malt core with a light floral / earthy (?) bitterness to lightly balance things. This is gorgeous. Lasting finish (lightly sweet) of red fruits, light caramel, and plenty of toffee. Yum.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub. Not sure why this is under Abbey Dubbel on here. Sure tasted like a big Irish red to me, and a tasty one at that. Medium red color with a light beige head. Light roasted malt, caramel, and firmly piney, hoppy, bitter flavors. The roasty and caramel flavors provide a nice base for the hops to shine on. medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Nice balance between malt and hops. Though it isnít very typical of the style, this was quite good.