Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear and headless, but hand-bottled ale of a dark reddish-copper colour. Nutty, chocolatey, dry and lightly astringent, fully grainy brown ale. Fruity, grapey nuances enhance the maltís complexity while the leafy and firm bitterness ensure balance and drinkability. Strong mineral profile. Earthy finish. A tasty brown ale indeed.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a small white head. Roasty sweet chocolate and nutty aroma. Flavor is the same. A dry roasted nuttiness lingers in the finish. My only complaint is that it was too thin.
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good brown, dry and smooth. Good roasted flavor. Probably one of the best browns ive ever had.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: Superior yet classic nutty Brown-Ale
How: Hand-bottled flip-top brought to Montreal by WeeHeavySD. Thanks Jon.
The look: Clear ruby brown body with a short-lived beige head (Iím sure a fresh pint on tap would have a good head retention)
In long: Very nutty on the note. Body felt rather full and presented flavours of toasted nuts, crisp caramel and toasted bread. Leafy hops were not very tasty and were happy just to do their balancing job without interfering with the malt flavours. The beer felt creamy yet crisp at the same time. The carbonation wasnít very lively but that was to be expected with a days-old hand-bottled flip-top. Despite the hand-bottled this was one of the best session Brown Ale Iíve had so I can easily imagine how good a fresh pint from a tap must be. The bottle we drank was a 3.5 but because of the hand-bottled thing Iíll be as generous as an oil tycoon to a republican campaign.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This quenching Brown Ale is ripe with nutty caramel and bready tones, a chewy cornucopia of malt flavors for such a low gravity ale which eventually gets balanced out by supporting hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the burgundy brown.
-Maltiness reaches chocolate sweetness too.
-The body is lean, but rather round for a beer this gravity.
-I will definitely try this again on tap at the brewery, as it must be excellent fresh.
Hand-bottled; thx Jon!
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured brown with an off white head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Chocolate, nuts, caramel, and some fruit flavors present. Very good brown ale. I wish I could get more around me. Thanks Sick_Boy for letting me try this!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Alesmith. Pours a brownish-amber color; light tan head with good retention and lacing. Creamy, oily nut aroma; some chocolate and caramel. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: creamy nuttiness and toasty caramel; viscous; excellent chewiness and generosity for a brown ale; dried fruits and a slightest citrus on the mid-palate. Medium, nutty and creamy finish; excellent brown ale.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest
dark brown, fine cream colored head, nice nutty malt aroma, nice chocolate flavor, touch of nutty character,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
sblair (37) - SD, California, USA - AUG 24, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap Hamiltons. The best nutbrown made. Rich viscosity with a deep hazelnut brown. Rich head and full bodied. flavors/aromas of hazelnut, toasted malt and lightly very lightly chocolate.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Stone Brewery. Aroma was toasted malt, chocolate malt, and smokiness. Pretty good brown ale, but more of a hybrid with a smoked beer or something.