mcrae19 (59) - - FEB 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Served in a snifter. Pours a dark brown, roughly the color of a deep porter, with a 1-inch creamy, tan head. Roasted malt and coffee aromas. Medium mouthfeel. Very strong roasted malt flavor, with the prevalent coffee flavor not far behind. Since American Brown Ales encompass such a wide range of flavors and approaches, itís difficult for me to say that Four Hands has created a spot-on version of the style. Rather, their version reminded me of a marriage of coffee stout and porter. It also had more of a hop presence than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. While this isnít a brew that would become a ďgo-toĒ for me, itís definitely a solid beer Iíd drink again.
jackl (4647) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ 4 Hands. Deep brown with a tiny head. Peanut brittle, roasted malt. Ashed wood. Taste is pretty nutty. Rich roast, slight acidic tang. Caramel. Medium body, soft carb.
decaturstevo (5094) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour with ruby hints and a creamy tan head and lace. Light chocolate and roasted malt flavor. A nice earthy hop bitter finish. Smooth medium body with good carbonation. solid
GenDV138 (1371) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft during RBSG 2014 Bus Tour at 4 Hands. Hazy amber brown with off-white head. Aromas of roast, nutty notes, toast. Tastes of caramel, nutty notes, toast, light chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation.
DrSilverworm (6478) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taster on tap at the brewery during RBSG. Clear brown color. Thin off-white head. Decent lace. Nice nutty oaty aroma. Moderate earthy bitterness. Some cocoa nib. More dry taste, less sweet. Medium body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Solid, sort of soft oatmeal brown.
jtclockwork (8491) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Purchased in St. Louis. Pours dark brown with cream whitish tan head. Nose/taste of nutty malt, coffee, cocoa, flaked oats and roast. Medium body.
CanIHave4Beers (3310) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Draught at the Brewery.
Pours a deep reddish brown with a little head.
The aroma is rich & nutty with some earthiness, some toasty malt. Itís aromatic, malty, and inviting.
The flavor is lots of toady malt and a light vanilla. Itís nicely roasty with a decent level of malt & hop bitterness.
a decent enough brown ale for sure, this is one of those styles that seems to be picking up some steam in recent years.
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ 4 Hands. Brown pour with an off-white head. Sweet caramel and toffee, hints of brown sugar, roasted malt, and cocoa powder. Some roasted nuts, too. A hint of bitterness to the taste, but lots of toffee sweetness. Some caramel malt, roast, cooca powder, and subtle coffee. Mild nuttiness.
TheAlum (5721) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at the brewery (St. Louis, MO). RBSG 2014 Friday Bus Tour. Pours a deeper brownish hue, nice haziness, copper ruby glow on the bottom and edges. Frothy tannish head atop dies to a pleasing ring, nice stick around as a thicker ring, ok lacing. Aromas are gentle cocoa, carmelized malts and touches of toast, gentle roast, faint coffee. Initial is a bit toasty, medium bodied with a bit of caramel, toast, carmelization. Touches of chestnut, earth and decent roastiness. Middle is a touch sweet, gentle caramel and toffee meets some distinct carmelized elements, oatmeal sweetness. Backend is a bit dry, toasty and earthy. Solid Brown that isnít all that sweet, nice toast and carmelized elements. Solid.
Christpuncher (1188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really nice porter oatmeal flavored. Slightly smokey finish. And easy to drink. Had in a bottle at home.
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Lukaduke (2222) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep ruby brown color with a finger or two of eggshell foam. Nose is a nice mix of soft oats, honey and round toasted malts. Palate follows the nose nicely with good grain backbone a sliky full mouthfeel with perfect carbonation for style... nice balance of rustic grain, buckwheat honey and at ouch of bitterness to clean up the finish.