Nocturne (1380) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Pours out with far too much head; obvious carbonation issues evident. Brownish amber beneath. There’s an initial hop blast in the aroma that rises above brown sugar and fruitcake notes from the malt, and they work together well in tandem. The same can be said of the taste, in which the hops do a good job of smoothing out the sweetness. I’ve often found brown ales to be sweet and predictable, and whilst this didn’t knock me for six, it at least helped to elevate the style above those notions this time around.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at BrewDog Edinburgh. Dark brown, small white head fades to nothing. Nose is some sort of lager grain, hint of citrus and some subtle coffee. interesting mix. Fruity citrus palate with rounded coffee and toasty malt notes. Pronounced bitter finish. Really nice, interesting brown ale.
flying_pig (1251) - SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some sweet malts to begin along with a little brown sugar and some lightly roasted malts. There is a touch of caramel and an almost undetectable coffee aroma somewhere in the middle that is a struggle to pick up on. There is also some really light hops and a hint of bitterness and nuttiness too. Not overpowering but a nice, well balanced aroma.
Brown with some red and orange tinges throughout and a massive, foamy tan white head on top with outstanding retention meaning it stays pretty big throughout.
A mix of earthy and toasted malts with some nutty flavours to start with, followed quickly by some good bitter notes and a hint of sugar. There is some definite bitterness as well and light earthy hops thrown in for good measure.
Light medium body wise and with a very smooth, wet feel to it helped in part but the medium to soft carbonation and nice sweet palate to this one that is rounded off by some nice bitterness.
A very nice beer and one that surprised me by just how good it was. This is a beer that I would definitely try again although the price of the bottle and how hard it is to get a hold of in the UK may mean that won’t happen all to often. A great brown ale.
SimplySike (1250) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy brown with tan head.
Aroma caramel, sweet, citrus, nuts, roasted.
Taste malty caramel sweet, hoppy bitter.
Mouthfeel thin, tingeling carbo.
Great brown ale.
XaenDovet (1239) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Terrific brown base with a hearty, white cap that vanishes super quick. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, wood, nuts, and a hoppy bitterness. Taste is much the same, but instead of a malt-forward aroma, taste boasts the dry wood, hop, nut character. Still has a great malt balance. I dig this.
AgentAle (1238) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is smoked and roasted malts. Some clove and caramel as well. Taste is rich malts that mellow out to a well balanced hop profile that mellows out nicely. Appearance is a clear copper with a medium pearl head that retains quite well.
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in colour with cream coloured head. Mild chocolate flavour, smooth silky mouthfeel, well balanced and bitterness lingers for ages. Yummy.
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark transparent brown with big initial off white head that slowly amounts to a healthy ring around the glass and spotty through the middle. Aroma is citrus, bready, caramel, and mildly fruity. Flavour is medium bitter citrus, bready, nutty, light sweetness and a dry finish.
StevieT (1168) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick foamy head, cloudy deep red/brown colour, sweet nutty aroma, caramel nut flavours, you should drink this.
Vells (1147) - Rīga, LATVIA, LATVIA - JAN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Dark amber with huge beige head. Lacing nicely.
Aroma.. floral sweet nose, grassy hops, hint of honey, decent malty.
Bit sweet, with medium bitter dry finish.