Ernesto987 (3227) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, darker malta in the aroma. Caramel apples are dominant flavors. Some hop bittering in the finish. Slightly charming, digging it.
Barreras (819) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep copper brown color with aroma of roasted malt. Taste is complex but smooth with hints of sweet molasses mixed with roasted hops. Overall a tasty beer with a mild bitterness that goes away quickly once the beer is swallowed. A tasty beer.
Maverick34 (2014) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent medium brown, minor head. Nutty and caramelish. Some malts. Pretty good.
unclemattie (3995) - Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Anchor’s Signature-Shape 22oz bottle. Dark brown pour, light tan head. Large amounts of toasted malt, some roast adding coffee notes, and earthy Citra hops. Some mixed fruit, tropical and dried. A touch of smoked malt scent from the empty bottle. Tastes is exactly what a Brown Ale from the landmark Anchor should be. Full of roasted malts, plenty of toffee, burnt caramel, but a touch of butter. Hop profile is unique. Not an overwhelming bitterness at all. Simple. Additions of tropical fruit, some raisin. Perfectly balanced. This beer was not merely a tick for me. I plan on returning to the bottle shop for a case of this gem for the Autumn months. I found a goodie!
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber-brown with a moderate white head. Aroma is caramel with a bit of citrus hops. Flavor is woody and dusty, with caramel and citrus hops. Sort of odd. A bit hoppy for a brown, but not over the top, with a sort of vague woody note. In some way I can’t quite put my finger on, it tastes sort of like what you’d expect if Anchor Steam became a brown ale. Interesting, but not entirely my thing.
douglas88 (5467) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GABF 2011. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. The aroma is rich roast, some coffee and hops. The flavor is a very sweet mix of toasted malts, some citra hops, light chocolate, earthy. Quite hoppy for a brown, but not very bitter. Nice.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Cryptic brewing bottle code translates: August 22, 2011.
Appearance: Pours a ruby-brown body with noted clarity and crowned with a frothy, foamy, beige head.
Smell: Dusky dark maltiness, with modest notes scented of toast, brown sugar, and roast. A sliver of raisin-like fruitiness. Fairly mild hop accents of citrus and dried grasses.
Taste: Toasted bread crusts with some light sweetish hints of brown sugar and dark caramel. Light dark fruitiness. Mild inclusions of molasses and roasted pecans. Lightly citrusy hops with some grassy dry-hopping accents. Even fainter hint of pine bark. Lightly bitter. Dry, malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: While definitely not the boldest brown on the block, it’s fairly refreshing and pleasant enough, though a notch less alcohol would be appreciated. Still pretty good, though.
BeerCast_Rich (1837) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[keg at the Euston Tap, London] Deep reddish brown, thin head. Dribbled out of the font so was probably on its last legs. Malt, brown sugar, raisins on the nose. Got that classic Anchor rising sweetness as you take a taste. More fruit than usual in an American brown, the Demerara sugar comes in and whisks this away. Having said that, I quite enjoyed it 
SSSteve (3633) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear light brown with a medium sized, creamy, beige head. nose is floral with sweet molasses and very faint toasted notes. flavor is similar with molasses at the forefront which hints at licorice. not a toasty brown or dark brown ale. a pinch of floral hops in the finish. a lighter than normal, refreshing, easy drinking brown.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A dark brown color with a brown head. A malty flavor, low in hops, bread, and nuts in the flavor with some chocolate at the finish. A dry malty finish.