At Toronado on the current trip to SF, Twist of Fate cask which was served in exemplary condition, i.e., properly fined and at cellar temperature. It was described to me as an English bitter in style, with which I'd agree except it seemed a little sweet for that, in 1800's terms at any rate I'd think it was a mild ale. Nice but a little rich for me.
Death and Taxes was the second one, a black lager in style, but in the end it was similar to many regular-gravity stouts and porters I've had with that sharp roasty note that may denote roasted grains of some kind. Okay but not great IMO.
Lunch was the usual (for me) sausage from the place next door.
Withal this visit seemed to underwhelm, but it was just that, one visit, and I'll try it again unless Zeitgeist gets the nod.
P.S. The service was prompt and friendly, always appreciated by the visitor. At another bar, a glass of Anchor Porter went almost untouched due to a taste that seemed attributable to pipes that needed a flushing. It can happen anywhere. I ordered a Bass Ale in lieu and the reason I did is it is brewed now in Baldwinsville, NY and I wanted to see what it was like. Well, it was as good or better in fact than the keg and bottled imports, with that typical complex appley taste, and quite bitter too. I am sure this is one historical version of the IPA taste and this is because White Shield is not that different in taste albeit heavier and "fresher" due to the presence of live yeast. A classic taste of history, I am coming to believe more and more, and one I am warming to after, well, 40 years or so.