Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tried this one a couple of times - most recently was a 4 month old bottle that had been kept in a dark fridge - surprisingly oxydated. Sweet bready malts, slight nuttiness, hops both times had a metal taste to them. Maybe the bottles just don’t hold up well.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby in color with a large off white head. Sweet and malty with a light hint of grainy breadiness.
shrubber85 (7290) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Chocolate malt aroma with light metallic hint. Dark reddish brown color with moderate head. Chocolate and brown sugar malt flavor with moderate hops finish. Very nice flavor. An overall nice tasting beer.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small tan head on a dark brown ale .... just like the name promises. Not a complex style, and not a complex beer. A little dark malt, a little sweet toffee, a little bitter chocolate or espresso ... not really intense enough to be sure which. Thin in the mouth. Hint of nuts in the finish. No hops to speak of. Certainly not a world beater ... but probably better than mass market Newkie Brown.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber: Light clear orange with a very thin white head, light grains, malts and light fruits in the aroma, light bodied with good carbonation, starts and ends lightly sweet.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours a clear garnet color with a small amount of light tan bubbles around the edges. Aroma is of roasted malts, smoke, alcohol and wood. Taste is of roasted malts, earthy hops and notes of dark fruits. Light to medium body and smooth with ample carbonation. Ending is malty, sweet and nutty.
jcr (2165) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer does nothing to make you take notice of it — nothing good and nothing bad. You could drink several in a session and not be disappointed. Translucent brown body with a moderate tan head. Aroma is malty with some notes of grain and earth. Flavor is sweet and slightly hoppy in the finish. Watery texture and active carbonation.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2006
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hmm, brown ale. I kind of lump this style with amber ales. Both taste watery to me - like they should be nut browns or ESBs but somehow fell short. But I don’t want to totally hate on this beer. It does have a slight caramel malt backbone. But no discernable hop profile. This is a good session beer at best - if you want to slam a few back without alot of taste.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a bottle in downtown Bar Harbor. Body is a bit thin, but the sweet malty caramel flavors are balanced against a nice hop bite, even if it is subdued. Flavor could be more robust, but as is it makes for a nice, enjoyable beverage.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Up to a strong light its browned ruby with a husky glow and dimmly clear in body. Solid dark leathery brown in the shadows. Perfect capping of light sandy brown, firmly set foam grows to just over an inch high and sinks slowly to keep an always plumply present amount. Adequate lacing in gooey-like patches and thick stringy globs stick across the glass. Eventually, a bunch of big spots remain. A very nice looking brown.
Aroma is slight and fair with a clean present essense of cocoa dusted graham crackers and a sliding caramel noting.
Taste is solid. Fluffy, mild, milk chocolate with a slight undertoned sweet malt of caramel and a snappy firm body at the healm. Tiny little ascents of cherry, apple, and powdered cocoa make for nice plays along the way. The cocoa becomes quite evident as it finishes well with a very nice fluffy-like dryness of powdered sugar mixed with creamed milk. A mild yet steady pace of flavors make this a very pleasing drinker.
Feel is also solid. Firm, soft, creamy, subtle, with a slight snap of carbonation in the front half. Medium bodied overall, perhaps a nudge more when colder. As it warms it becomes even, calming, and super damn drinkable. A solid brown. A well done brew in a style that in most cases is a bit boring. This has lasting interest and flavor. Solid and sessionable.