Alengrin (2986) - BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
English inspired brown ale with sticky, pale beige, stable head and dark wine red colour, clear. Aroma of cocoa powder, nutmeg, iron, dried leaves, peanuts, dried orange peel, maple syrup, cane sugar, vanilla, candied figs, roasted chestnuts, cigarette tobacco and a faint, strange, sourishly sulphuric and sweaty hint of Sauerkraut, but not too disturbing. Dried fruits open the taste profile, on a nutty and caramelly malt base, restrainedly sweetish, a bit more spicy in the end (retronasally, I get a vague hint of that nutmeg flavour again) with a leafy and slightly citrusy hop bitterness of medium strenght and length; thinnish body. Ending is primarily soft nutty and caramelly malts. English brown ales were never my favorite style and as much as I came to admire this brewery, this is my least prefered AleSmith beer so far - though I hasten to add that in this particular style, this is surely a more than decent example.
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sean. Happy 1000 beers to me. Nuts and between malt in the aroma. Chestnuts, sweet toasted malts in the flavour. Light in body, soft carbonation. Nice and sweet in the finish.
elbernays (789) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish brown with thin head. Caramel nose. Nutty dry, caramel flavour. Light body.
allmyvinyl (5672) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours dark brown, no real head. Nutty, toffee aromas, sweet taste. Clean finish, bit thin.
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast and nutty malt, light chocolate notes, dates and figs with light earthy hops. Flavor is toast and nutty malt with light earthy hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
bookman10 (718) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark, chocolate brown with nice thick, foamy head. The aroma has hints of fruit and chocolate, with some floral accents. Flavor is very smooth and malty, with some chocolate, some leather, some nuts. Nice, smooth drinking beer overall.
Cunningham (5319) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Dark nutty brown color with a fine tan head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Nutty, roasted and chocolate.
Palate: Medium + body. Tad sweet and an ok bitterness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: Bready, roasted, chocolate and some coffee.
Overall impression: A really tasty, powerful and pleasant brown ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway
King_Alex_II (427) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown colored ale. Heavy body with a lot of malt and a sweetish yet hoppy aroma. Very well balanced.
SinH4 (729) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown color. Aroma is a bit fresh, earthy and malty. Roasted chocolate malt, bitter finish. Not too complex, but Alesmith quality.
jsnicholas (341) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (22oz $5.50): Clear dark brown with fine head. Carbonation tingles. Medium body. I tasted roasted chocolate that build, followed by some bitterness and finishing burnt. Not bad.