Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear deep chestnut, small off-white head. The nutty, leafy bitterness develops a bit too much citric C-hops character for my liking. Brown ales are not particularly enjoyable to me, but more malt roundness could have been promising. Here, we’re left with the usual hop injected soured roasted malts that kill the bittersweet balance. The palate is medium in size, with a moderately high carbonation as bite. To its defense, it was admirably fruity with a sorbet like berry characted mingling around the chocolate oriented dark malts.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Clear brown with a tan head. Roasty nose, but otherwise not a very strong aroma. Caramel, nuts, and chocolate come out in the flavor.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mine poured with a big, rocky cocoa-colored head. Choco-nutty malts on the nose and tongue. Not as sweet as some other browns and with a well-placed hoppy finish.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured brown with a tan head. Malty, and a bit nutty with hops creeping through. Finishes slightly malt sweet.
JK (4863) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very near the top for the style. Powerful roasted flavor and aromas, with a significant nutty flavor. Medium body. An enjoyable brown.
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red with brown undertone, sticky head. Light caramel nose. Woody bitter flavors in the classic American nut brown style. Slight smoky edge. Good.
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - AUG 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown w/ beige head. aroma of caramel w/ hint of plum. medium bodied, nutty and roasty flavor w/ note of chocolate.
Ratman197 (10896) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, tootsie roll and some nuttiness. Palate is smooth and rich. Flavors of cocoa, carmel and hints of vanilla and nuts.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
08.17.05 12oz bottle. Brown; little head fades to ring of tan foam. Aroma is tanning oil, roasted nuts, instant hot chocolate powder. Flavor is similar. An odd oily lingering mouthfeel with a sort of chemical something or other makes it seem artificial. Lots of roasted nut flavors and milk chocolate make it drinkable. This is my second try at this, and I’m not loving it.
MpPierce (3) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2005 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A very nice brown ale. Color was a good, deep brown. Very malty flavor with some bitterness in the end.