The big butterscotch aroma and vinegariness suggested otherwise.
I chatted to the landlord. The weather was awful. We talked about emigrating. I said I would emigrate to California.
The voice came over my shoulder - "no good beer in California though."
This means either:
A: the speaker had tasted many Californian beers and come to the conclusion they weren't up to much.
B: The speaker was utterly clueless.
Given the "advice" about Doombar, I suspected B.
I later learned that the person concerned is a prominent local CAMRA "activist" and organiser of the local branch BF.