ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 3/11/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a two finger light mocha shade; the retention featured is excellent. The creamy texture leaves behind a good conglomeration of lacing on the glass.
S: What seems to take the forefront are distinct melon notes from the hops. The usual brown ale notes reside behind it (hazelnut and chocolate, primarily). It seems like the hops feature a distinct acidic quality to them in the aroma - old bottle, perhaps?
T: Even if its an old bottle, the melon and mango qualities really give it something different than what the style is used to. After a hoppy, bright opening, some chocolate, hazelnut, and brown sugar pops up to help finish the beer. Altogether, the citrusy hops and dark malts give it kind of a ’chocolate-covered orange’ taste to it, while exhales allow toasted malt qualities to appear. Simplicity aside, it’s still a good one right now; I could see a fresh bottle being great.
M: Not that heavy. Most brown ales I’ve encountered are really sweet yet chalky; this one has a pleasant smoothness to it, and a balance between lingering malt sweetness and hop dryness. Sweetness wins out, but overall this one is quite drinkable regardless.
O: Pretty likable, I must say. I’d reckon one bottle is enough for me; move up to two and it would become pretty cloying. Still, a solid example of a style I don’t really care for.
martin00sr (500) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy copper, thick offwhite head. Roasted, caramel aroma. Flavour is roasted, malty with clear notes of hops. Finish has caramel and good bitterness.
Douberd (2058) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle at home, thanks to MarkoNm. Poured into a snifter, ABV 6%
Deep red brown colour on the body, with one finger of light brown head siting on top, thick, with great retention. Medium lacing left on the glass.
Lovely aroma of caramel, dark fruits and hops, some sugar too.
Taste is very good as well, again burnt caramel, sugars, lightky roasted malts even, dates, prunes, a bit of hoppy bitterness on the finish and the aftertaste.
Medium thick body with average carbonation, dry but also a bit sticky on the palate.
Great beer, reallly liked it.
SDalkoholic (2135) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Best Damn Beer Shop: Started off with a thick pillow of foamed head that reminded me of Guinness Draught where as the liquid was a medium shade of brown. In the aroma, a buttery scent of lightly toasted malts in congruence with a nutty scent of nuts while all still having a scent of Anchor Brewing’s signature smell of beer. Also, reminds me of a very subdued aroma of Anchor’s Our Special Ale minus the spices. The flavor is well balanced between a touch of toasty malts and an earthy almost herbal taste of hops that suggest strong flavors of honey. What an amazing brown ale that didn’t disappoint from Anchor.
Skinnyviking (6772) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Medium high creamy off-white lasting head. Clear dark brown body. Sweet roasted malt caramel cocoa aroma. Mild and sweet cocoa caramel nuts flavor on a solid roasted malt base. Fair level of hops bitterness. Low carbonation. Long finish. Normally I regard this type of beer as quite boaring. This one is, however, quite nice and a pleasant surprise as it is quite well balanced, not too sweet and has a pleasant alcohol level.
GuiTrevisani (5) - BRAZIL - JUL 11, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel, chocolate, resin, citrus, raisin
Marrom com reflexos alaranjados e opaca.
Amargor médio e breve. Corpo médio.
Final adocicado e com tosta discreta
Kita (988) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JUL 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 0.355l. Hazy copper brown color with medium creamy tan-like head and good lacing. Aroma of citrus, dark fruits, pine, caramel and medicine. Taste starts with rich light sweet malt, follows by refreshing lemon, herbs and notes of alcohol, while finish is heavy bitter. Full body, thick texture and fizzy natural carbonation. Excellent, very similar to Belgian strong ales...
Pepinis (28) - SPAIN - JUL 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cerveza de color marrón con reflejos cobrizos. Tiene buena formación de espuma pero no destaca por su estabilidad. Su aroma es de malta tostada con notas que recuerdan a caramelos de toffee, frutos secos como las avellanas o nueces y suaves toques cítricos proporcionados por el lúpulo (citra, single hop). Su sabor se corresponde muy bien con el aroma pero tal vez como novedad estén las notas suavemente licorosas y amaderadas. Cuerpo medio, buena carbonatación y muy buen "drinkability". Una brown ale muy rica y que cumple perfectamente los parámetros del estilo. (Botella, 355 ml)
Stuu666 (1636) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours brown, sweet toffee, light fruit, citrus, dry and creamy.
Vells (642) - LATVIA - JUL 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very decent brown ale. Intense malty background with pleasant caramel, toffee, kinda fruity, nuts. Moderate sweet with decent bitterness. Easy drinkable and enjoyable brew. Nothing fancy, but decent
deanls (16) - Eureka, USA - JUL 6, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I don’t usually drink Browns but this one is good, VERY good. I little pricey but buy it and enjoy goodness.