Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Served on draft at the brewpub, 1/8/11. Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malts. The taste is acrid slightly tart malty notes with some nutty notes. Thin.
BeerandBlues2 (9104) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Pours clear brown and flat. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), average hops (herbal, woody), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of dates. Flavor is average malt (cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), average hops (herbal, woody), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of dates. Light body, low warmth and creaminess, medium carbonation with a dry finish.
strongpieman (1390) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Overall, a very light brown with little aroma or flavor. Brown color, but very translucent. Very light body, almost a little watery tasting. Would not recommend. (Draft)
Mirage52 (147) - New Market, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at B&H. Looks watery, thin. Not much of a head. Aroma is of nuts and coffee. Mouthfeel is how it looks. Taste is mildly sweet upfront, very little bitterness in the finish. Remnants of smokiness and coffee also in the finish. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but I expected more from this nut brown. It went good with a burger though!
ben4321 (3575) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Location: On tap at the Brew Pub, 9/5/09, seems to be incorrectly listed as a winter beer on here
Aroma: Nutty aroma, some earthiness, a bit thin
Appearance: Clear orange-brown color
Flavor: Malty, sweet, typical nutty flavor, with almost no hop presence
Palate: Light and watery body, short duration
Unfortunately, and you know I didn’t want it to be because of the name, this was my least favorite of the Barley and Hops offerings. Come on, if you are going to put "Ben" in your beer name make it a good one!
Nejhleader (1183) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pretty standard brown ale, has a tiny roast bite to it, body was a bit thin.
Nate (3557) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From draught sample at brewpub. Mild nutty aroma with a bit of toasted grain and neutral hop character. Copper-brown clear with thin off-white creamy lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts with neutral fruity sweetness and light nutty raw grain. Neutral hop bitterness. Light alcohol sweetness with sweet nutty finish. Not bitter. Watery but pretty good for a brown.
dpjuart (1034) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at brewpub. Pours copper red color with white head. Not so much "brown in color, but close enough for style. Nose is malt, taste is malty caramel and toffee witj slight hazelnut and mild to moderate bitter. A bit thin on mouth feel. Not very stellar.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub on 4/9/07: Pours a transparent mahogany with copper hues and a thin, light tan head. Sweet sugary caramel malty aroma has a nice toasty presence. Starts with a touch of sweet earthy caramel malt and some toasted grainy notes toward a clean, almost bready finish. A pretty typical brown ale.
Braudog (5496) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
From a flip-top bottle purchased at the brewpub in Frederick. Yep, it’s brown all right. Bit of a fizzy, soda-like head. Very sweet aroma, almost like a dark corn syrup. Pretty sweet palate, too, damn near like a alcoholic root beer. (#2723, 2/19/2007)