Strong Ale Festival 15th Anniversary Blend | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by womencantsail on 12-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Strong Ale Festival 15th Anniversary Blend from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 14 ratings