Nik925 (782) - USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes like a lower abv. lemon-d barely wine. The bitterness builds and has developing flavors...lots of flavors to think about and pick out. Very smooth, a bit too mellow...not enough arrogant bastardness to it. Had this during SF beer week, I forget the name of the bar but they were making a big deal about how they had one of their employees drive down to so-cal, pick up the 2nd keg made of this and diven up that day and implied the name was TBA (aka to be announced). I had already been through some fine rare Bear and Stone offerings so maybe it made sense, maybe not. Anywho, not familiar with Fat Head, but since Stone and Bear are in my top five, I expected more from this.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle). Pours dark brown with off-white head. Aroma is citrus, florals, resin, caramel. Taste is semi-sweet with some sharp bitterness. Medium bodied with a dry, bitter finish. Not a big fan of this.
alexsdad06 (7754) - Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma leans toward the hops with some floral, pine and earthiness standing out. Some moderate fruit notes and background malt and nuttiness. The flavor opens with nice fruit notes with pine and earthy bitterness. The malt backbone is more noticeable. There is some faint nuttiness at the very back. Medium bodied and pretty creamy and smooth. Worth seeking out.
BeerandBlues2 (11474) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a large, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is soapy, floral, and pine hops, nutty and toast malt, dates and wood/leaf notes. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, malt backbone, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
Steve_0 (3661) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep brown with a slight red tint. Big tan head that doesn’t seem to fade, it’s been a half hour and it’s still there, nice and fluffy. Smells of coffee, chocolate, slight smoke and pine. Good carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Tastes slightly smoky, chocolatey, coffee, and a nice bitter finish. Not bad.
wchesser (1672) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The nose on this is incredible...smells like a fine gin with amazing botanicals and a bit of toasted malt. Incredible aromatics. Thin fading head. Mouth filling and great balance. Botanicals are apparent in the taste too. Loved this...Stone’s collaborations have really stepped it up lately, first with the ’More Brown Than Black’ and now this.
Thisis12ptfont (1053) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of oats, nuts, bread and some coffee undertones. Deep brown appearance with no foam. Taste is slightly bitter hops upfront, quickly followed by complex flavors of nuts, cereal, barley and subtle coffee. Very thin texture with masked carbonation. Overall, a fantastic brew with tons of impressive flavors. The best brown ale i’ve ever tasted. I’d give it an A+ rating.
Theis (14796) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Hotel Room, Chicago. Cloudy brown - offwhite head. Nice malty. Good hoppy bite. Roasted. Chocolate. Cocoa. Nice bitterness. Grassy. Piney. Citrus. Brown Pale Ale.
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andyhwcinc (1729) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed from bottle at Rockwell’s in Chicago, IL on a humid warm night prior to an international trip. Appearance is a very cloudy vibrant amber with a rich white head, in the dark light, looks like a potion. Aroma mostly hoppy with grapefruit notes, also pretty malty, has a really great balance where both elements are equally prominent. Taste is just outstanding, rich, flavorful, bitter without compromising smoothness of the style. I get the molasses a bit, but it blends nicely and its sweetish, not too sweet. Really enjoy this one.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from North court in medina, nose is hoppy taste is hoppy and finish is syrupy and lingers.. Cool? Yes but not worth 24 a sixer