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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Deep brown in color and creamy thick head are just the first signs that this is a different sort of brown ale. Rich flavors of chocolate and coffee with hints of roast bring the pallet alive, finishing with a lingering hoppy and roasted character that leaves you wanting more. This Robust American Brown Ale has a velvet and silky quality that makes you think you are enjoying a malt shake rather than a beer. Wonderful with food or as a stand alone, either way there is no longer a reason to fear the dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (15576) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 18, 2013
On tap @ American River. The pour is dark brown with a khaki head. Roast forward nose with some cocoa, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Some earthy hops in the background. A touch bitter on the palate. Dark chocolate, coffee, and plenty of roasted malt. Mild tea, cocoa powder, earth, and a hint of licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13823) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours dark brown with ruddy glints and a creamy beige head. Smells like a very chocolate brown ale. Flavor is extremely chocolate. So much so that the grungy aspect of a typical brown is covered over. Finishes dry and chocolate. Amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (9609) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
A pleasant roasted malty aroma hits the nose and follows up in the flavor with light chocolate, caramel, and coffee. If not for being overly thin in body, this would be a solid brown. Had to laugh at this ridiculously high score on RB, seemingly for no reason other than "it’s local."... "The most local beer I’ve ever tasted, so I may have a bit of bias, but nonetheless I’m super proud of this local small brewery." How bout rating it on its merits? Ya know...taste and smell and that kind of thing? "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (8896) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
On tap at Pangaea Cafe, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a light brown aroma. There is a chocolate and treacle flavor with a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GenDV138 (5661) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2015
22 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Trade from a Sacramento friend, thanks Ed! Dark brown with massive four fingers of beige to light tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, some buttery notes, light caramel and toffee. Tastes of caramel, toffee, bitter/burnt roast, a bit vegetal. Medium-light body with a dry finish. A bit over-carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5486) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
22 oz. bomber from Nugget Market in Woodland. It pours a nice dark brown color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is very toasty/roasted with light notes of cocoa and floral/woody notes. The flavor is intense with roasted malt, woody/floral hops, some cocoa and light notes of molasses. Really intense flavor for a brown ale. Good use of hops. No citrusy stuff going on here, just good earthy, woody floral hops to complement the toasted/roasted malt. Very nice creamy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Pours very dark brown with a beige head. Good lacing. Nose of chocolate roasted malts. Medium body. Flavor is strongly chocolate and the finish is better. Excellent brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (4385) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle thanks to timfoolery: Poured deep dark brown with a huge never ending light brown head. Aroma is herbal and malt. Taste is light metallic, nutty, and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3611) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
20 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe (a few weeks ago). Lightly husky aroma with toasted hints. Mild sweetness also presents itself with some metallic and chocolate hints. Moderately transparent mahogany body with a smallish light tan head and ok lacing present. Starts a little spicy with some hop flavors. Becomes quite roasted and kind of burnt in the middle. Almost like a burnt popcorn character. Finishes with a lot of dryness and some tannin character. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1649) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Pours a dark brown with creamy tan head. Big malt, chocolate, coffee, bread, caramel and nut aromas. Creamy texture with some carbonation. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, and nutty flavors. Medium to full body with a lingering creamy chocolate finish.

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