radagast83 (5363) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a brownish color with a slight ruby tone to it, small off-white head. Aroma was sweet caramels, molasses, touch of chocolate. Flavor was caramels, molasses, nutty notes. Clean and refreshing.
jgb9348 (4963) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear brown coloured body with a nice ruby tint and a thin tan head with large bubbles. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, brown sugar and a very mild yeast scent. Light-bodied; Some maltiness and a lot of peanuts and pecans soon after the sip. Aftertaste shows a light-bodied beer with a nutty and slightly bitter flavour with no body and no complexity. Overall, not such a great beer - a touch of sweetness and nuts, but way too watery and no complexity at all make for an uninspired beer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Market Cellars in Reston, Virginia on 11-December-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 10-January-2011.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a light brown as the name might imply with a slight off white head. Aroma is primarily of malts. Taste was a bit lacking for me, seemed to be a nothing special ale to me.
Dfonorow (1700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light brown with a off-white head. Aroma is fairly well balanced with notes of roasted barley, crystal malts, and a little bit of hops. The taste is a tad lacking compared to the aroma with a touch of bitter chocolate and other sweetness and a mellow hop finish.
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A sticky beige collar remains over the clearish dark brown ale. Surprisingly sugary nose with barley sugar and jolly ranche inclinations amid coniferous and leafy undertones. While itís a very clean brew, Iím surprised I perceive more than a hint of tartish pie crust yeastiness in there. In mouth, it ainít a beefy one thatís for sure. A thin-bodied ale with soft small-bubbled carbonation that make it seem a bit rounder. Sweet and fruity (grape and cherry juice), but also fairly hoppy in a tart and coniferous way that makes a funny fit with the juicy malts. It is rare to encounter a beer that is both very thin and very candy-like. I canít say Iím very fond of it, but I appreciate its high drinkability and originality. The malts could use more depth though.
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle thanks to ben4321.
Not as brown as most brown ales. Itís more like a clear dark reddish-brown. A one-finger tan head sits on top and leaves good lacing and thick spotty foam.
The aroma is pretty nice, sweet and chocolaty with a little caramel. No detectable hop aroma really at all.
The flavor is a little on the sweeter side but fairly pleasant. Caramel, chocolate, and roast.
Medium-bodied and very slick on the mouthfeel with soft carbonation.
Overall, an above-average brown ale from my hometown of the íburg. Not going to knock anyoneís socks off, but itís reasonably tasty.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear dark amber color with a thin creamy offwhite head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of faint chocolate and roasty notes with a tinny hop note. The taste is bitter leafy hops and faint chocolate malts. Watery and thin. Definitely needs improvement.
PapaSkeetSkeet (995) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2012 Pours brown/deep amber (depending on lighting). Transparent/well-filtered. Decent cream-colored head. Aroma/Flavor is moderate burnt coffee roastiness with piney hop bitterness/flavor/aroma. Much less chocolate. A bit grainy. Thin to medium body. Pretty good, not a work of art.
Beerdedone (2860) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours copper brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma of light chocolate, faint caramel and some earthiness. Flavor was lightly sweet with caramel malts, chocolate, molasses, nuttiness and some earthy hops.
jcos (1643) - Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Iíve had for quite awhile. Pours a nice brown-ish color, somewhat clearer for a brown ale. Caramel malt aroma. Taste starts sweet, but unbalanced by some bitterness. Long aftertaste, medium body. This beer is just okay. Maybe Iíve been having too much ridiculous beer lately.