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.
AlexCorleone (8) - ITALY - MAR 21, 2015 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: Dark brown with ruby highlights, almost cola in colour. Light brown head is dense and has cling. Gobs of lacing down the sides.
S: Sweet malts in the aroma. Fruit cake, chocolate, coffee.
T: Flavor is the same as the aroma. Rich and smooth, full bodied with moderate carbonation. Gives you the impression of a dense loaf of bread with touches of chocolate and coffee.
AT: Dark Chocolate and Coffee at the end.
BBQJohn (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 Caramel, chocolate, coffee, toast, roasty, vanilla, alcohol, raisin, smoke, woody, vanilla
lumber_jack32 (9) - - MAR 14, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dirty little brew. Nice smooth head and a deep rich color. Perfect brew. Will drink again
dukeandduke (87) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/10/15 Draft (The Laughing Man DC) - Very dark pour, nice tan head. Nice malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Strong harsh taste, chocolate toffee flavor taste. Liked this a lot. Texture decent carbonation, nice finish and decent kick. Very good beer.
chinchill (2551) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
The pour was a dark hazy, reddish-brown with an average size light brown head that produced a fine coat of lacing on the glass with each sip.
Aroma: dark roasted malt with a lightly spicy hop presence. A bit earthy with notes of chocolate and hints of dark fruits and toffee.
Taste: nicely malty with clear spicy hop note. Medium and dark malt flavor without any burnt notes. A hint of coffee in the finish. Excellent bitter/sweet balance in this lightly sweet brown.
Mouthfeel: medium in body; semi-creamy; excellent, medium carbonation.
Overall a somewhat bold and flavorful brew, that has a slightly spicier and more aggressive [Northwest American] hop profile than the typical UK version.
adamnowek (442) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malts and caramel in aroma and especially in taste. Undertones of dark chocolate.
ttoadee (811) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour tan head with some lacing. Nose is caramel malt, whiff of coco. Bittersweet. Middle is toffee and dark malt. Finish is dry, with some hoppy bitterness.
malvrich (63) - durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Dark ruby with a half finger of pretty dark tan bubbly head. Orange highlights. Low retention but nice streaks of lacing.
S: Caramel malt smell and little else but the beer is very cold. Not much development noticed as drunk though. Maybe a little Dark fruit?
T: Toasted dark bread and those subdued willamette hops that I love. A leathery touch of sweet toffee. Good balance of flavors. I like it.
M: Medium bodied with noticeable weight and low but noticeable carbonation. Finishes clean, not syrupy.
O: Surprisingly good. One of the best brown ales I’ve tried lately and well priced so I would recommend this and will buy it again.
lello4ever (112) - ITALY - FEB 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Questa brown ale, come da nome, si presenta di un marrone piuttosto scuro e una sottile schiuma che sparisce in breve tempo. Aroma principalmente di malto con un leggero sentore di caffè. Birra leggera e gradevole, poco carbonata, con malti e luppoli piuttosto equilibrati all’assaggio, e un sapore tostato non molto forte. Per lo stile direi che è ben riuscita.
berkshirejohn (4897) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Wegmans, West Seneca, NY. A cola coloured pour with a thin cream head that laces the glass pleasantly; aroma of toffee with some earthy hops; a rich, toasty, toffee flavoured body that sits nicely in the mouth and is not too sweet and has a touch of smoke; and then a dry finish with a trace of chocolate. Rather good.