Strong Ale Festival 15th Anniversary Blend - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.4/5 rDev -14.4%
I think this is the right place for this. Enjoyed at Monk's Cafe Beers of the Cellar event from a bottle. Clear ruby pour with a small white head. Mellowed malt and booze take over the aroma. Molasses and vanilla blend together. It's a bit too much for me at this point. The taste is very mellowed, but too sweet. Cloyingly so, the malts, caramel, and molasses just destroy anything I have left. The sweet booziness makes this not all that drinkable, thick on the plate with no carbonation. Not a huge fan.
04-11-2012 22:55:27 | More by russwbeck
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
On tap at O'Brien's. Tall taster glass (10oz).
A: Dark black, a finger of medium brown, sticky head. Good retention, lasting for the entire pour.
S: Melange of red fruit and wine barrel characteristics (oak and toasted coconut, cinnamon), some dark chocolate malt, maybe a soupcon of smoke.
T: Fruit, red wine, oak, chocolate malt. A short, acidic punch at the end of the sip adds nice effect. A little alcohol bite at the end as well.
M: Very light carbonation, fullish body. A little viscous/oily and with creamy chocolate texture. Perhaps a tad more carbonation would serve well.
O: Seems like a mix between a stout and an old ale, each contributing its best characteristics to the blend. This avoids the overly sweet or fruitiness of some old ales. A really nice sipper.
02-05-2012 06:11:10 | More by pmarlowe
4/5 rDev +0.8%
On tap at Strong Ale 2011.
A: Very dark brown with some transparency near the edges of the glass. The head is an inch of beige foam.
S: Earthy hop notes blend with a light cardboard oxidation presence. Caramel meets brown sugar and oak. Bourbon is evident, as is vanilla.
T: Bitter and earthy up front with a lot of caramel and oak. There's some roasted malt and a lot of booze. Bourbon is well integrated. The cardboard oxidation is not detrimental but it's worth noting. Chocolate is light.
M: Upper medium body with matching carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky with evident alcohol warming.
Overall: A nice blend for the 15th anniversary of Strong Ale.
12-06-2011 19:30:55 | More by HopHead84
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
On-tap at Strong Ale 2011
Pours a murky amber color with a fairly big tan head. Caramel, toffee, and chocolate are all present on the nose. There is a touch of old hop character as well as some notes of vanilla and oak. A decent fruitiness on the palate. Some oak and mild vanilla to go with the malt notes of chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
12-06-2011 18:12:04 | More by womencantsail
Strong Ale Festival 15th Anniversary Blend from Pizza Port Solana Beach
87 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.