chinchill (4112) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A very dark brown ale with excellent mouthfeel and appearance. but disappointing taste and aroma. Looks and feels like a stout, and tastes more than a little like one too.
A - nearly opaque dark brown with low level of head. The head is short-lived but leaves side lacing for a while.
T - too earthy; bitter but not hoppy finish. Relatively strong roasted/burnt components.
M - medium/medium-heavy; creamy; noticeable carbonation.
(from Dec. 2010 notes)
Ron (3507) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours a clean brown with small, diminishing than head and a bit of foamy lacing. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, nut, vanilla, light fruit. Medium body. Tastes follows aroma. Sweet and malty, easy drinking.
Alengrin (4329) - BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
American style brown ale with a dog on the label which I suppose represents Ellie... Medium sized, pale greyish beige, moussy head gradually thinning, but leaving a greyish veil over the whole surface in the end; dark but translucent burgundy colour with copper red hue, initially clear but misty with deposit. Aroma of toffee, some FFF (manure), unfortunate DMS (cooked cabbage), elderberry, dry earth, hazelnut paste, cherry pits, accents of nutmeg, old brownies, raisins, vague black pepper. Subdued ’dried fruit sweetishness’ in the onset, dried fig, subtle blackberry sourishness underneath, very soft carbo (in fact a bit undercarbonated for the style, near flat but still tingling a little bit here and there); rounded, ’clean’ malt body, slick and a tad oily, caramelly and notably nutty with a bitterish toasted edge towards the end, reinforced with a leafy, lightly peppery hop bitter touch at the back, floral and a bit herbal retronasally, nicely drying and well in balance with the malts, which leave a light caramelly sweetness all the way at the back without anything cloying. Lightly malty and simple with high drinkability, as expected from the style, but a bit too thin in body even for a beer of this ABV; quite alright, too bad for the DMS in the nose, which I absolutely hate. Tastes a lot better than it smells, but even in the mouth, there is nothing to set this apart from the many other American brown ales available on the market. Well intended but not a great success in my opinion, the DMS made it less pleasant than it could have been. Expected more from this well-known Colorado brewery.
superspak (4474) - Michigan, USA - FEB 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/16/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down that glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light vanilla/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light vanilla/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light vanilla/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great bitter/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/silky, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is an outstanding English brown ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
gripweed57 (1324) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce can. Mahogany brown with a small beige head. Roasted malt nose has nutty notes. Flavor is toasted malt, light cocoa, toasted pecans and brown sugar. Thin body and flavor. A bit like Newcastle Brown, but not as buttery. Overall, a decent brown ale, but could have used a little more body.
Quick3Beers (840) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a brown from a bottle. Big coffee notes in the nose and mouth, but rather watery mouthfeel. Okay beer.
arnold931 (1254) - Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours clear dark amber with thin off white head. Nose and taste are caramel and toffee. Standard brown ale. Refreshing.
Larry_Duffman (343) - - JAN 20, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice reddish brown color with a big tan head and lacing. The aroma is roasty malt and chocolate. The taste is very sweet with chocolate, caramel, and a very slight roasty bitterness. It’s pretty creamy. This bordered on too sweet. It was still decent though.
zoucrew102 (1284) - - JAN 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can, thanks sevenhokie! Milk chocolate aroma with notes of caramel and nuts. Pours dark brown with a half a finger of light brown head with good retention but little lacing. Starts with sweet milk chocolate and bit of caramel. Finishes smooth with caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Solid brown!
varanid99 (958) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown with no head. Chocolate, caramel aroma and not much else. Taste is sweet caramel, milk chocolate. It’s not bad but a bit nondeScript