Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
Priced a bit steeply for a brown ale at $4.99 I will likely be passing on this in the future despite it being a well crafted beer. I understand why it has such a markup; the beer has to make its way across several continents and Baird probably isnít the biggest brewery. Nonetheless this is a good enough beer that I am glad to have tried it once.
Aroma / Appearance - An ashen head and caramel bronze body provide nice contrast. Carbonated and active it yields a nice mix of brown rice, fallen tree limbs, and cocoa powder. Everything is light and subtle rather than in your face.
Flavor / Palate - Brown rice hopped up subtly slides across the tongue. Transitioning to a slight bitterness it plays against the senses as you would expect. Iím skeptical of the ABV as it felt heavier than 7% ABV. Were it more affordable this would be a must buy. Instead it is one to grab if you get a good deal.
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark mahogany-hued body layered with a rich, lather-like, off-white foam. Splotches of lace on the way down.
Smell: A pleasant duality of malts and hops -- dark, toasty breadiness, then itís leafy and spicy, then itís hints of dry dark caramel and citrus fruits, then itís walnut shells and more leaves.
Taste: Heady maltiness with tastes of oven-charred bread crusts and roasted biscuit top. Slight background nuttiness. A drop or two of sweet dark caramel and bakerís chocolate. Pleasant hop mixture gives off tastes of punchy spices and citrus (lemon and pink grapefruit) with a medium-high bitterness. Pleasant, engaging back-and-forth of predominately bready malts and bitter hops until the near dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Another enjoyable, fine ale from Baird. Theyíre 2 for 2 with me now. A well-balanced, bold brown from Japan.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Mondial 2009.
Aroma is a rich malt, (like an old ale) orange hops and a touch of chocolate, hazy amber/gold, tiny toffee head. Flavour is a rich malt, caramel and toffee. Medium bodied, crisp bitterness. Very good offering.
Sammy (8845) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mondiale 2009. A brown with an edge of a red. Its on the brown colour side, very drinkable and bitter, just short of harsh. A little licorice and brown characteristic, secondary to a good hopping main feature. Carbonation right there.Not very drinkable.
BroSpud (1719) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. $5.99. Itís pretty good but Iím kinda annoyed about how much I paid for this bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown with alot of carbonation. Definitely more hops to this than your usual brown and they mostly hit you in the after taste.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge head beige head that recedes in a rocky fashion. Lots of chunky lace. Light brown color; some cloudiness.
Surprising level of floral hop. If blindfolded, I would think this is an APA.
Great malt base and an even better hop bite. Well-balanced and easy to drink. Compared to most modern ales, this one has higher level of carbonation. Simply a beautiful beer.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy but with a truly elemental earthiness. Aroma is citrus and wet earth, overturned compost. Flavor; way citrusy; even more grapefruit than the pale ale! With less ability to take away from it at the same sensory level - by this I mean the pale ale was flowery and worked; the brown malts here have no chance to meld. None. Nice body, nice bottle-conditioning.
1FastSTi (3340) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours to a murky brown body with a coating thin fizzy tan head. The aroma I swear has a nutty wet dog thing going on. The flavor is dry walnuts and brown malts. Sweet medium body with a dry grassy hop.
Palidor19 (2988) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
this has a overall amount to what a good brown ale, however their is a extra of hop bitterness at the end to that makes this beer less than stellar. slightly toasty with some harsh grassy hops.
nick76 (4253) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is what I expect from a brown ale. It has caramel, malt, and hops to balance. I would like some chocolate but all in all itís still pretty good. The appearance is hazy brown with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter, papery finish. The palate is average. Overall not too good, not too bad.