Concealer (465) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells of caramel, malt and coffee. There is a semi biter taste but mostly a coffee and malt flavor. Interesting brown.
DrSilverworm (4109) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster on tap at Party Town. Clear red / brown color. Thin off-white khaki head. Leaves great, thick full sheets of lace. Light to medium body. Smooth, soft, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Very easy drinking. Good toasty, nutty, chocolatey notes. Moderate bitter, light sweet taste. Decent earthy hop, but still very true to style. Probably the best brown ale I’ve ever had.
nimbleprop (3920) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz pour at PPD. Pours a clear deep brown with very little white head. Nose is standard but nice, brown sugar, malt, toast, sweet, some roasted root veg. Flavor is gristy, brown sugar, malt, cracker, bread crust. Dry finish.
Marheb (1539) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une brown ale comme je me les imagine, noisettes, malt biscuit, caramel, un brin de torréfaction.
swoopjones (4940) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Blue Monk, medium brown pour, medium body. Nutty nose & flavor. touch of coffee & toffee. Caramel maltiness. Solid brown ale
Tmoney99 (9646) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted complex sweet malt and chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Solid roasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex brew.
Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub
This is everything that most British brown ales are not. Rather than some pedestrian mixture of light malt and oaky aspects it doesn’t bore you after two sips. As usual the name is also clever - whomever comes up with them should get some sort of award. Start a session with this and the night will go well.
Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy bronze base has the hue of watered down maple syrup. Musty old books sitting on the shelves of a library or used bookstore fill the air with mystery. Coffee and iced tea tie together a nice malty backbone.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee, iced tea, and then a delayed resiny taste are the main hallmarks of a balanced and sessionable brown ale. Despite being a mere 5% ABV the taste clears away all previous samples and lunch. It’s only flaw is a minor one - at times the alcohol gets to be too strong. Overall though this might be one of the best non-British brown ales I have run across.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Agains the Grain. Murky light brown pour with an off white head. Delicious malty aromas. A little thin with nice malty notes. Sweet with just a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Decent body and mouthfeel.
wnoble (1101) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with little was. nose is sticky sweet caramels, toast, breads. Flavor is toffee, toasty and bready. Very grainy flavor profile. Pretty good beer but nothing life changing.
tmongoose (942) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on draft at the brew pub. poured a brownish color with off white head that lingered for a bit...took a couple of sips of this to just rate but son was drinking this one and was grooving on it and he’s not even a beer nerd. but the aroma was nutty and chocolate and malt. the flavor was exactly as the aroma. medium bodied well rounded with malt and some hops that dont need to stand out but just be there. some breadiness. solid brown ale.