devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I poured this beer from the bottle, noticing a deep, almost opaque reddish-brown color and a modest beige head that settles to a thin film of foam. The aroma is initially has rich, caramel sweetness, but the wonderful sweetness somehow seemed to evaporate with the head and faded to little more than a dull combination of mild lactose-like sweetness, some musty hops, and an afternote of dry cocoa. The flavor is marginally better but still sadly bland, with a light, sweet blend of milk chocolate and a mildest noticeable toffee character, although each characteristic seems to develop nicely as the beer warms. The texture is good enough, with a nice medium body that is lightened by a fine carbonation. Overall, although certainly drinkable, the superficial flavor profile leaves much to be desired.
HuskerTan (1271) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JAN 31, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A- Malty, subtle toffee, caramel, subtle brown sugar, weak.
A- Brown color, dark liquid, light brown head.
T- Watery, malty, subtle caramel.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, malty finish.
O- For a brown ale it was fair enough. A bit watery but alright. Not much to say about it.
foyle (360) - Wyoming, USA - JAN 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a 2"+ fluffy cream colored head which falls very slowly with moderate lacing. Color is mostly clear reddish-brown with moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: very malt with caramel and chocolate, bread dough, and earthy hop spice.
Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, sudsy, a bit chewy, with a long finish.
Flavor: chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, nuts with noticeable hop bite for balance.
Overall: a well done brew from Abita. If a malt forward beer fits your palate, then you would likely enjoy it.
MNAle (90) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Stamped "Best by 11/22/15"; consumed on 1/12 and 1/13/16. I checked the date before I bought this, but I decided to go for it anyway, but just be aware if you read this review that the beer was nearly 2 months past the "best by" date from the brewer, so it was likely at least 8 months from bottling. But, it is a brown ale, not an IPA, so as I said, I decided to try it anyway. Very nice aroma; sweet, caramel, musty malt in the English style, some cocoa, perhaps a little dark fruit. Very dark ruby color, with a tan 1 inch creamy head that fades slowly, lumpily, creamily. Thick lacing. Light carbonation. This is a very good looking beer. Thin mouth feel, perhaps appropriate for the style, but the creamy head had me expecting more. Caramel, roasty taste that holds through the middle and into the finish. Only a slight hint of hops bittering in the finish. Very much malt-flavor dominated. I would have expected a bit more of a bitter finish, but perhaps that is due to age of the beer. Overall, a drinkable beer, enjoyable, but it needs more from the hops.
tightslice (707) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 7, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from World Market in Mountain View, CA. Aroma is roasted malts, some chocolate. Taste is roasty, herbal. Burnt, slightly sweet and watery. Not a fan.
jrodooo5 (1370) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - DEC 30, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid & drinkable brown but nothing special going on. Nice chocolate flavor & decent on the palate. Alright pour & relatively smooth.
UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a clear yet dark deep mahogany wood color, or an aged, darkened cherry wood. The head forms as two fingers of pale khaki foam, with fair retention. No real lacing to speak of.
Smell: The aroma blasts out of the glass during the pour, and can be detected at armís length for a tiny bit of time following. Sweet caramel and toffee, over a layered mass of toast, cracker, and grain. A hint of something vaguely like cotton candy wafts through the rest of the scents here and there.
Taste: Where the nose is sweet, the flavors open towards the bitter side, with a sharp, bitingly acrid burst of metallic shoe polish, which recedes as the tasting process moves along, yet remains present, tinging the rest of the flavors with its presence. Beneath and behind that comes a wash of the aforementioned caramel and toffee, over a bready note not unlike boule, and a spot of graham cracker. Some leathery tones also drift by towards the end, and at the finish, this beer leaves a lingering mix of the polish, toffee, and leather.
Mouthfeel: Fairly light, this beer goes down smoothly and quickly. The carbonation level is somewhat high, perhaps adding to the sharpness I perceive in the initial taste.
Overall: For a brown ale, not bad - I can actually drink it, and detect some flavors beyond the initial hop burst. Itís not going to become a regular beer in my rotation, however.
bbbeer (635) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, small tan head. Aroma malt and chocolate. Medium light body, lightly carbonated. Moderately sweet malty flavor with some cocoa and coffee. A little thin but drinkable and nice flavors.
Pyobon (1220) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Very dark brown with nice dense tan head. Pleasant aroma - black treacle, prunes, toast. Medium body with plentiful very fine carbonation giving soft creamy texture. Pleasant taste - dark toffee and raisins at the start, thins out a lot in the mid palate and some black coffee / burnt toast bitter notes emerge for the finish. Pleasant enough, not exceptional, but then again itís a brown ale.
Brandon1989 (466) - Euless, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a mostly clear reddish Amber color with a thick fluffy off white head. The aroma is brown sugar, brown bread, and some chocolate. The taste is dark roasted malts, some faint black coffee, and bitter dark chocolate.
fuzzcro (98) - Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2015
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
My first Abita brew. Kind of weak for my taste preference. Though drinkable itís certainly far from what I would enjoy regularly.