NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Madison’s in Madison, WI. Pours a paleish brown with white head. Nose is toasty and fresh, bready grains dominate with a hint of herbal hops. On taste, the grains really play well, keeping it fresh, never tart. Light cocoa and toasted bread notes. Finishes dry. Very good brown ale.
phaleslu (6343) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2014 Draft at the brewery. Pours a clear amber brown with a small off-white head with good retention. Aroma of caramel malts, nuts, vanilla, and wet tobacco leaves. Flavor of caramel malts, nuts, brown sugar, tea, and tobacco, and a metallic note. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and an almost watery mouthfeel. Quick finish. I like my brown ales more roasty and nutty, and this just seems like a fairly weak example of the style. Still not bad, just simple. Sessionable. I should also remark that this has been my only disappointment from an otherwise very impressive brewer. Re-Rate: I used to be a moran. But I got a brian and am re-rating this beer. I got a bottle at The Madison Club for a friend’s rehearsal dinner. This is one of the best straight-up brown ales out there. Medium-body, smooth as can be, toasty and nutty and robust. Man, it was damn near perfect for the style. I apologize for underrating this so badly before. I was wrong.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz dalekliz picked up in Milwaulke. Pours brownish with a bubbly head. Nose is sweet, with a touch of caramel. Taste is sweet, slightly rich, not a terrible nut brown, decent for a style that is so often messed up.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice light brown color with a small,creamy beige head.Aromas of nutty caramel malts,maybe some hops peeking through. Great nutty caramel flavor. Hops entice your tongue just a little in the beginning,then fade away.Slight bitterness on the ending. Good brew,but unfortunately a little thin.
BVery (6076) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap. Amber pour, 1" tan head. Nut, caramel, and malt aroma and taste, pretty clean tasting beer.
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper-brown, slightly hazy, with lots of effervesence, crowned by a huge foamy tan head. Nose is mostly malt with notes of caramel and chocolate. Taste is very malty, with added flavors of chocolate and carmel. Very creamy on the palate. Finishes with a hint of dry hops, not sweet. Goes great with hotdogs, brats or burgers off the grill or most any hearty pub fare.
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2010 Wow, great brown ale here. Second best to Rogue’s Hazelnut brown nectar for me. Copper colored pour with a nice nutty, burnt sugar, malt aroma. Flavor slightly of hops, burnt sugar/caramel, and nuts. Good stuff!!
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from my GTMW trip to Wisconsin. Pours a nice copper brown, a bit lighter on the brown side, well hazed, lighter on the edges, almost iced tea shade. A moderate offwhite head that cakes and stays at that level, laces fairly well. Aromas are a good malty brown, light cocoa, caramel, toffee, a good nuttiness, faint vanilla and tobacco, biscuity malts with light florals. Pretty nice, no overbearing sweetness. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, nut, raisin and a touch of dark fruit. Biscuity, a touch cakey, largely malty but nothing overbearing, faint bitterness, the sweetness steals the finish, light tobacco, coats a bit. A decent Brown Ale that has a bit too much raisin for me. Could use a touch more hop, but is quite drinkable. Cheers
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
9/05/2009: Madtown Nutbrown... Aroma: Caramelized sugar with a hint of butter/diacetyl. Appearance: Caramelized sugar color; dense and creamy beige head, thick lacing. Flavor: A little caramelized sugar, hints of butter/diacetyl, slightly earthy; a weird creaminess. Palate: Medium-bodied with a mellow and creamy mouthfeel. Overall: I don’t like it.
Draught at Ale Asylum in Madison, Wisconsin. Rating #59 for this beer.
nuplastikk (4322) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz shorty bottle. Murky orange-brown color. Minimal oily head. Very nice sweet nutty aroma. Medium bodied, very easy drinker. Complex brown malt tastes, spicily hopped in very balanced way. Some caramel sweetness along with a nutty richness. A very nicely done Brown Ale, too sessionable to win Ratebeer accolades, but a quality product all the way. Worth a try for those into the style.