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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A blend of seven unique malts give this brown ale an earthy aroma and a flavor reminiscent of caramel with a slightly creamy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2010
On tap at the brewery, pours clear with a nice head. Smells watery and malty. Taste is thickly malty, with molasses and brown sugar. I almost forget itís a brown ale until the aftertaste. Iím not usually a fan of brown ales, but this is pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3754) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2010
On tap at the brewpub and first served to a shaker with an overly cloudy appearance, and on request, repoured with a hazy, amber/brown hue, with modest off white head foam, and dots and dashes of lacing. Blame the first pour on yeast and youth. The aroma was light yeast, off course, toasted malt, nuts, caramel, and light sweetness. The flavor added some grain, moderate to low hop bitterness, and average carbonation, in a medium body. A decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2010
On tap at brewery, pours amber/brown with white head, aroma is carmel and malt, very smooth mouthfeel and taste is delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle. Pours an amber-brown with a very thin film of patchy head. Aroma is very malty sweet with some hints of nut. This beer also appears to be bottle conditioned with lots and lots of yeast clumps. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Bottle... Poured a deep brownish with hints of amber and burnt orange with an off-white head. Aroma was buttery, malty, toasted grains, hazelnut and toffee. Lots of toasted grains in the flavor, sticky mouthfeel accentuated the sweetness of the toffee, caramel, almond and hazelnut-like flavors. A dab of hops just to offer a slight, grassy undertone to it all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dalekliz (912) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Bottle. Pours a murky dark brown with a big off-white head. Aroma is sweet, with malt, dark fruits, caramel. Taste is sweet and a bit thin, of malt, juicy plums. Lingering watery sweetness. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
reliantkcar (102) - USA - APR 29, 2010
caramel, dough, soy sauce, brown, cloudy, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, thick feel, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4024) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2010
Pours a reddish brown with a nice enough looking head that seems to be shrinking quite quickly. Certainly this has a pleasant enough aroma that is at once chocolaty and has some bits of molasses & roasted nuts. At the same time it smells a lot like the raw crystal malt that I found in my cupboard tonight. The flavor has a good enough bitter hop kick to make it interesting, with some good malty chocolate and roasty tones getting in there as well. Itís well balanced and easy to drink indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
Draft at Madisonís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2010
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 friendís 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.

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