NielsenRatings (8124) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ 4 Hands Anniversary Party. Pours a brown appearance with a tan head. Caramel, oaty, somewhat roasty, earthy aroma. Fairly roasty, light coffee, oaty, a bit nutty flavor. Nice brew.
crossovert (6146) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, lasting head. Smell is coffee and caramel. Flavor is peat, cocoa, coffee. Very nicely balanced, prickly carbonation as opposed to slick in an oatmeal stout.
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bangers and Lace. Pours a near black with an earthy light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice combination of coffee and roasted malts with a bit of dark grain backing. Flavor has a similar combination of roasted malts and coffee with a hint of bitter chocolate and a hint of dryness.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at 4 Hands in a sampler tray. Pours a clear amber-brown color with a small, resilient off-white head. Aroma of toasty and chocolate malts, nuts, grains (from the oats, presumably), brown sugar, and some earthy hops. The flavor also showed those subtle earthy hops underneath a wide range of malts, toasty, sweet, and chocolaty, with faint coffee. Light-medium bodied, with a toasty mouthfeel and medium soft carbonation. Very good brown ale.
Braudog (5465) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared draft at the brewpub. Yes, it’s brown, but has a definite reddish tinge, too. The aroma is of a nice chocolate malt. This drinks with a decidedly roasty base, ashy at the very finish. Carries with a little bit of a burnt edge. (#4505, 2/25/2012)
thirdeye11 (5380) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
((22oz bottle) clear medium brown, lasting creamy fine tan head. Nose is roasty, nutty, sweet cream, oats are apparent. Taste is bitter, roasty, cream, oats, sweet nuts and the bitter oils from nuts.
heemer77 (5079) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Deep brown, nearly black body with traces of garnet at the edges when held to light. A very dense and long lasting light tanned leather hued head is a nice contrast. The nose is rich milk chocolate with notes of cereal grains. Touches of leather and cherries are also present. This tastes of milk chocolate and apple core up front. The back end is ashy with tobacco and some old library book flavors. This one smells better than it tastes. The carbonation is a little sharp on the tongue. This was an ok brown with some porter like qualities.
Strykzone (4405) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. This pours red brown and is very opaque. A beige blotchy head. Was told this keg had been tapped a few hours ago. I smell nutty chocolate and that is tasted, too. Roasted notes and brewers grain. Hops are light as is bitterness. Sweetness is very moderate. An earthy finish. Nice.
vyvvy (3565) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours darker brown that most brown ales and has a beige head. The aroma has heavy toast, cocoa, cola, moderate sweetness and hazelnuts. It has a medium body that’s on the smooth side, but gets a bit sharper on the finish due to carbonation, but is still gentle. The flavor begins with more bitterness than most brown ales with big roast/toast, coffee and spicy/earthy hops. The finish has more hoppiness, coffee bitterness and a lingering astringency. Pretty nice, but seems somewhere in between a brown ale and stout.
DiarmaidBHK (3138) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Bailey’s range. Pours dark brown with 1/2 an inch of khaki foam. Sligh nutty note on the nose. Lots of brown malt on the tongue with a bit of roast to it. Finishes clean. Solid but not spectacular.