ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
mjonesy07 (18) - Huntly, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown Ale with very dark colour and frothy head. Sweet taste with hoppy after taste. Has a hint of liquorice. Very pleasant beer.
seymour (1650) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from their distinctive sloped 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy reddish brown colour with big long-lasting off-white foam and lace. Excellent blend of nutty/bready/toasty/chocolatey/caramel malt sweetness and fruity/lemongrass Citra hops bitterness. Definitely hoppier than traditional English ales, but not overwhelmingly so. Dark but not excessively roasty or burnt. Some sharp graininess but no astringency. Nuanced and delicious. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth and full mouthfeel, well-concealed alcohol, lingering complex aftertaste. Crazy delicious, a near-perfect brown ale. This could easily be a daily-drinker for me.
Smalle (214) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: dried fruits, caramel
Taste: very sweet, malty, some caramel and roast, but also a surprising amount of fruit (berries), small sour touch.
Gets better than on first impression: once you get through the cloying sweetness, it is actually quite an interesting beer.
Foffern (1408) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Has a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a big, creamy beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, raspberries, dried fruit, wood chocolate, plums and heather honey. Feels pretty Belgian. The flavor is quite fruity with additional tones of licorice, leather, pine and grass. A touch of alcohol as well. Has a medium body and a slick mouth feel. Low to medium bitterness. A fruity brown ale that changes between being a Belgian dubbel and a brown ale but the hops are lurking in the background.
VamboladeTolly (690) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ deTolly, Tartu. Pours ruby brown with small tan head, stays. Aroma is sweet and hoppy, caramel,grass, slight pine forest, bread, slight roast. Taste is sweet and bitter, caramel,r oast bitterness, bread, grass, slight citrus, smooth. Medium body. Smooth roasted finish. Good beer.
jamaty (1160) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caoba, muy abundante espuma suave y duradera ligeramente tintada. Aroma notable, lupulada, yerbal, eucalipto y también toques de café. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación media. Cierta complejidad en boca, mezclando bien momentos claramente lupulados (al principio) con otros en los que la poderosa malta tostada se impone (al final y en el postgusto, de cierto amargor de café rodeando al dulzor de la malta). Sabrosa, diferente. Merece.
Marcius (259) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red brown color and medium head.
Hoppy and wood aroma.
On the palate, it is bitter and sweet... good balance!
adodo (135) - Riga, LATVIA - MAY 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet almost treacle like aroma. Also slighty fruity. Medium to strong bitterness. Medium sweet.
belgis (268) - - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild fragile aroma! Hint of caramel. Slightly hazy dark amber aroma. longlasting foam. Mild velvet taste. Nice light aftertaste. Very drinkable
drmet (226) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20