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.
IrishBoy (3841) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Porterhouse; Nose was grainy with some caramel and roastiness; Transparent brown with a medium tan head; flavor is malty with some small coffee notes and a little hop bitterness that lasts into the finish.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It is sort of a terrible name but here is the break down:
Appearance: Pours a garnet chestnut brown color that is hazy but does let some light show through.
Smell: The aroma is a bit small but there is hints of grassy hops with along with the malts.
Taste: Smooth and malty, brown sugar flavor. Typical brown ale taste. Easy and pleasant. I like the aftertaste. It has just the right amount of grassy hop flavor balancing nicely, with the beautiful sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth.
Drinkability: As a fan of Brown Ales I find this to be a typical easy drinking, approachable (small) Brown Ale.
Hope this is helpful.
KingofCastle (205) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle: Maybe not the freshest bottle. Not bad for the brown ale style. Medium body with slightly bitter finish. As it warms the nutty & sweet flavour comes out more. Good stuff for brown ale. Actually been to Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park, brewery is really small. Great to see the accolades.
Ughsmash (7146) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled thanks to Ambergirl! Poured a clear medium caramel with an explosive cap of off-white head. Nose was soft, yet grainy... with coffee and caramel. Flavor was really about the same... coffee and caramel provide a nice sweet malty base... mild woodsy hops round out the edges. Smooth, creamy, and lighter-bodied on the palate... very little bitterness. This really was never exciting.. but it worked. Tasty.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ 3 Dollar Dewey’s in Portland - Poured a medium brown in color with small tannish head. Aroma was malty with some yeastiness. Flavor was malty with a sightly unpleasent sour after taste. Enjoyable, but there are some many others...
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown color - thin head. Aroma is nutty and sweet. Flavor is fairly smooth with roasted malt flavors - finish is just a bit tart but otherwise clean. An easy to drink and uncomplicated brown ale.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nutty, caramel malt aroma followed by a full nut flavor. It was smooth but a little watered down. This brown ale was of course brown with an off white head. It went very well with the lobster I had.
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Dave, courtesy of Harry.. Probably should have ended the night with the Avery. Oh well! Decent brown ale malt / nutty aroma. A little sour though. Dark brown, lots of red. Mild nutty brown taste, again, a little sour. Maybe fresher it would be better, but this is all I got out of this one. Serviceable for the style.