Davros (1723) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with a small head.
Aroma shows lots of toasty, nutty and roasted malt as well as some oats. Behind this is some light piney hops. I was expecting more hops for an American brown ale, but this is still enjoyable.
Flavours are very similar, but very sweet, with very little bitterness. Again, not very American, more of an English brown.
Carbonation is low, which suits the beer well.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Mrs Parmas, Melbourne. It’s dark brown with a small creamy off-white head. Plenty of toasted malt, nuts and citrusy hops. Nicely balanced and good hoppy bitterness and malty finish. A nice take on a brown ale.
kearnsy (68) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice, Dark with creamy head. Nose is malty with a hint of fruity sweet smelling hops. Thick creamy palate with plenty of flavoursome characteristics! Worth trying, interesting beer.
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’m unfamiliar with the American take on brown ale but this is interesting enough to encourage further exploration. The American hops add a curious twist to a style that is often insipid and frankly a bit dull. The aroma is an odd mix of chocolate biscuits, spices and tropical fruit. It falls just the right side of "sweet" IMO. Quite sessionable but perhaps a little too sticky in quantity. Lovely creamy palate. Interesting stuff. (Draught at the Local Taphouse, Sydney, 15/5/09)
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours slightly ruddy brown with a nice tan head. Nose has slightly sweet caramel/toffee with darker, dry malt. Palate has some initial sweetness before dark malt brings coffee/choc to dry out the palate and add balance. Finishes with a touch of biscuity malt and a hint of sweetness. Well balanced and very drinkable!
bluevegie (3028) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tried on tap at the brewery. Colour looks appropriate for a brown ale. Notice the American hops on the aroma first up then sweet malts moreso afterwards. Grainy, caramel (light) and a vague hint of burnt notes in the taste. A little too sweet for my liking but looked popular on the night.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/24/08 Gift from Andrew Ong on his trip to the U.S. Aroma is quite sweet, with a very creamy roast note. Appearance is clear brown with a moderate maintained off-white head and good lacing. Flavor is creamy sweet, with light roast and a faint vanilla background; very tasty. Mouthfeel is lightly creamy, medium bodied, with a low carb texture. Overall, a really good brew. The creamy sweetness is not very appropriate for an American style ale, but is a more than welcome addition that works far better than expected and produces a rather memorable brew.
UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
...draft at the brewpub. Looked good in the glass with a hazy, dark reddish brown, and tan head that lasted. Aromas were hops, hints of citrus, and bread. Flavors were a little sweet, focusing on the dark malt with a slight fruityness that balanced out well. Mouthfeel was smooth, with a creamy finish that lasted with a hint of hops. Good stuff, and I recommend trying it.
ofey (65) - Doncaster, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Good brown ale. Reminded me of the Newcastle Brown Ale. Flavoursome with mild finish. I much prefer the Newcastle batch and wouldn’t have it again but that shouldn’t put off others.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Royston. Subtle, well-integrated weedy, citrusy American hop in the aroma with a Belgian (Rochefort) kind of malty spiciness but no real dark malt character. Slightly sweet malt flavour, subtly hoppy too with a hint of grainy coffee drying out the finish. Doesn’t do a great deal initially, but its charms kind of unfold over a pint or two. Tasty stuff. These guys are possibly doing the best stuff in Victoria right now.