fidemaster (296) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a great aroma of bread and caramel. Pours a nice rich black color. Has a really nice blend of smoky, doughy, caramel, malt, with a touch of sweet fruit. The only negative of this beer, is its a little thin. A little more alcohol, and a bit thicker and this would be a 4+. It has such a nice flavor I wish they would crank it up a bit.
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Nothing like drinking a brown ale on a stiflingly hot and humid day. Pours a deep reddish-brown color with a medium sized cream colored head that retains well. Yep, thereís definitely caramel here, but thereís also a strong component of roasted peanuts as well that elicits a craving for an iced cream concoction containing these two components. Also present is some light roast coffee; not the good stuff, but the kind you get at a Caribou that presents itself as being less charred than its dark roasted brethren. A faint whiff of something vegetal here kind of interrupts the good aromatic vibes. Flavor holds a good amount of caramel, again more light roast coffee, some roasted peanuts, and a little hint of stir fried vegetables with cashews (oddly enough, thatís not a bad thing here). Mouthfeel is pretty full and creamy and the carb could stand to be toned down just a tad, but overall this is an above-average brown ale.
TXBadger (2424) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is a malt bomb. Sweet caramel and nutty on the nose. Smooth on the palate, with caramel, bread, and nuts. Finishes semi-sweet.
bytemesis (6307) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy chestnut, medium tan head, dissipates quickly leaving decent lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, just a touch of smoke, nutty, burned caramel, pumpernickel. Flavor is the same, medium sweet, minimal bitterness, nutty and bready, light roast. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Milwaukee Brew Fest 2013. Translucent brown with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor of caramel, floral hops, bread, chocolate, and earth. Medium carbonation, roast on the finish.
Frank (3900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a brown ale of the older school variety from before people started putting tons of hops in every single beer and it is pretty decent at that. It pours a murky brown color w/ only a small ring of head and a few spots of lace. The nose is sweet malts and a touch of grassy, herbal hops. The flavor of this is a bit on the sweet side but itís not cloying or overbearing, just w/ a nice subtle malt backbone. The carbonation is mild which suits the style and it finishes just a bit sweet and sticky on the palate w/ some lingering bitterness and astringency. This is a nice and drinkable brown ale if it had just a little more malt character w/o being any sweeter, I think it would be excellent.
BeerInHeaven (359) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
in the mug, a deep amber brown with a smallish tan head. aroma is malty and biscuit. nice malty taste with a slightly creamy mouth feel. nice slightly sweet warming finish. Really a pretty enjoyable nut brown.
Scipio (812) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a brown in color with a thinner, lingering, light beige head. The aroma has nuts and caramel, bread, and some floral impressions. Nothing to complex. The taste is a bit sweet and is heavy in caramel. It has some earthy malts, a little bit of nuttiness, and maple. Simple here, yet pretty good. Aftertaste is caramel. Medium in body, and chewy in texture. Average carbonation. This one isnít very special, but its alright.
charule (2108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a bud. Poured clearish dark brown with light tan head. Aroma of nuttyness and roast. Med carb and bod. Tastes very nutty slight bitter.
sawbuck (601) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Grabbed this bottle from a "create your own six pack section". Some aroma of sweet malt, but also an unusual aroma, almost like wet tobacco. No born on date on this bottle so canít confirm how old it was. Nice deep brown color, head is off white, holds well. Sweet roasty malt is the first taste. Has a metallic off taste that I quite canít pin point. Cereal like taste also. Finishes with a balanced bitterness and notes of dark chocolate. Will try again with a "for sure fresh sample".