superspak (2712) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, light nuttiness, herbal, and slight raisin. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malts. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, light nuttiness, roast, herbal, and slight raisin. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, light nuttiness, and brown sugar on the finish for a short bit. Very nice malt flavor balance that is fairly robust, with good complexity; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good brown ale. Nice balance and robustness of malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
jdb288 (559) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yes! I love a surprise. Bottle at Hickory Tavern. Pours brown/black with tan foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, toasted marshmallow. Taste combines those with some good Willamette hops...so you get sweeter and savory notes. A good "deep" brown with layers of flavor.
ramboraffe (597) - SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
355 ml bottle. Brown with tanned head. Smell is nutty roasted malt. Taste is caramel and nutty malty and sweet. Sweet with low bitterness and low carbonation.
mlane76 (38) - Albany, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, full bodied beer with hints of chocolate, hoppy, but not bitter, with a slight bit of coffee aftertaste
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
nice balance here. a roasted chocolate nose with a smidge of hops. thin to medium body with a well balanced roasted flavor, and a slightly more bitter hop finish. not bad."
Lunkie (1431) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Herbal malt aroma. Dark brown colour good head and lacing. Malt smokey flavour. Smooth lingering palate.
vanvenlo (1273) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
McCoppins bottle(12-Oct-2014)Sweet malt plum aroma.Dark brown,good head&suds lace.Sweet malt plum flavour.Caramel light roast malt flavour.Light choc malt finish&herbal aftertaste.
StevieT (644) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Faint roasted aroma, very dark brown with minimal head, very fruity with a little bitterness. It’s quite good.
TattooJack (117) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought 3 bottles poured them all (one at a time) into a pint glass. Nice dark color, couple fingers of tan head. Tastes malty but not really sweet, which is good. Easy drinking, nice buzz after 3.
AgentAle (724) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2014 Aroma is roasted malts, caramel and toffee. Taste is medium rich malts with slight bitterness. Not overly deep flavors. Appearance is black with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.
kacarlton (12) - - SEP 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Surprisingly smooth flavor on the front end with chocolatey and nutty aroma. Creamy thick head and dark chocolate in color. You can taste the chocolate and caramel notes and the finish is slightly tart.