brokensail (12498) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bhensonb (12140) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
marcus (7301) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
slowrunner77 (6722) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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? "
joeneugs (3979) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
SHIG (3879) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
hayduke (3578) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DYCSoccer17 (3461) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
GenDV138 (2874) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Oscbert (1128) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
~Rich milk chocolate aroma with bread, toffee,light caramel and light coffee. I could eat this aroma. Smells great.
~Pours a dark brown with red tints and a good sized creamy lasting brown head.
~Coffee flavor with chocolate, bread and toffee.
~Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, medium CO2, lasting coffee finish.
~What an excellent brown ale. Possibly the best I have ever had.