sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet carmel malts on the nose,cloudy brown with small head. Nicely balanced with hops, no lingering sweetness which is nice. Good fall session beer.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a brown mahogony color with a frothy tan head. Nice lacing. Medium to heavy body. Aroma is malty sweet, nutty and dark caramel. Starts sweet with caramel, bisquit and malt. Has that fresh toasted bread flavor which is balanced by the nutty sweetness and finishes drier than normal for many beers similar.. One of the ’Best Bowns’ I have had.
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First whiff is of yeast, then coffee behind it and sweet.
Pours medium brown. Held up to the light it is a deep sap color. Two finger head. Loose lace.
Tastes roasty, sweet, and a little sour. Not overwhelmingly coffee with a tart bite. Caramel malt and a noticeable yeast taste that begins to approach a Belgian style.
Somewhat sharply carbonated. Otherwise, smooth with a little sticky aftertaste.
For a 5.8% abv, this beer has a lot going on. Very interesting and very good. Would make for a great fall session.
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 15, 2011
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Toasted bread, some hints of caramel and citrus. Good amount of hops. Head disappears quickly. Not too sweet, I like this one, but nothing outstanding.
frpilz (111) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of coffee grounds, dark chocolate, buterscotch. Dark brown with traces of red color, still opaque enough to barely see through. Dark beige 1/2" foamy head. Smoooooth entry, rich, roasted complex. Hints of chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, and then some slight hoppy bitterness towrads the end, I suppose its slightly balanced in the favor of sweetness, but the hops added were a very nice choice. Mouthfeel is syrupy, thick, clingy which all add to the long aftertaste. Medium bodied , and deliscious. Impossible to have just one.
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber-brown with a one-finger tan head, good retention. Bright malty aroma, citrus and caramel notes balanced with a nice dryness. Crisp malty finish with a touch of hops, nice palate.
shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown and a little foamy. Good malty flavor with a strong finish. Excellent brown beer.
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Supposedly a seasonal fall-winter beer, but available mid-July. The brown ale pours a beautiful clear brown with a tan-colored, thick, mousse-like head. The head persists and leaves intricate Belgian lace when sipped. The nose is both delicate and noticeable with hints of toasted bread, toffee, malt and ginger. The malt notes are light and sweet but not cloying. On the palate the ale has a medium body, perfect balance and a wonderful lingering finish that wants you to go back for. This ale is totally moreish! The carbonation pleasant and the alcohol is not noticeable.
bag (106) - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle, pours a nice, reddish-brown. Slightly nutty aroma. Taste what sweeter than anticipated ... a bit of fruit and caramel. Very light and goes down smooth. Not great, but pretty good. Had this as part of a Bell’s variety case, and I’d get it again if part of a variety case.
derekbrown (106) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great aroma and beautiful light walnut color. Definitely bready with slight nutty flavors. Great overall brown ale...though not the "Best".