UXO (672) - CANADA - APR 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy brown with a fat finger of loose rocky tan head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (4/5) Nose is roasty malts, coffee, dark fruit, light citrus, toffee malt, mild smoke. (8/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, long roasty and slightly smoky finish. (4/5)
What an interesting beer - it looks like a porter, tastes like a black IPA, smells like something in between. Hoppy and malty in balance, and much more interesting than your normal brown ale, but still largely within the definitions of the style if you’re a little flexible in your interpretation of the “Northern English Brown” variant. That said, it’s definitely much hoppier than typical examples of the style like Newcastle Brown or Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown. (16/20)
TheJester (2063) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle at the Ashburnham Ale House. Looks like a porter. Smells and tastes like a Black IPA. Which leans to the malty side. A little. Not that that’s a bad thing.
samzim (303) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty and boozy aroma. Opaque brown dark brown colour. Flavour of toffee, roasted chestnut, and dark cereal. Medium body with mild carbonation. Quite tasty.
Boutip (5031) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with light citrus notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with light citrus notes. Light nutty notes are also discernable. Body is light with good carbonation. Good drinkability with just the right amount of complexity. Nicely done for the style.
thorongil2 (1518) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) clear dark brown colour with a medium tall brown head; aroma starts with stewed fruit, then roast, smoke; slightly creamy palate; light, balanced flavour, long medium bitter finish
jtclockwork (10306) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Sammy. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose and taste of roasted caramel malt, cocoa, pine, citrus rind and earthy nuts. Medium body.
mathieuc (1897) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium brown with red highlights and a small beige head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of piny hops, nuts and light chocolate. Quite nice and more american than traditional, even better! Taste is lightly sweet but you don’t perceive it as it moderately bitter. Flavors are of roasted malt and piny hops. Finish is on heavy roasted notes but never acrid or ash-y. Body is medium and carbonation a bit spritzy but really medium-high. Overall a really nice american brown ale, Bellwoods really deserves the hype it’s getting!
jinroh (633) - ESTONIA - AUG 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated on June 7th, 2014. Pours dark brown with a nice beige foam head. Aroma improves while the beer warms, has roast chocolate, toffee and has a good hop bite. Taste has several levels. The first sip is hop-bitter and nicely carbonated, then it evolves into nice long roast flavour. Excellent balance, long bitter chocolate aftertaste. Truly enjoyable.
Travlr (14773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the source. Dark amber color, tan head. Aroma of baking brownies. Taste is toasted brownie with some hoppy bitterness.
tom10101 (3613) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500 ml). From Sammy, thanks! Brown with a medium mostly lasting beige head and some lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, tobacco, piney notes, light citrus and caramel. Taste is slightly sweet with chocolate, pine, caramel, tobacco, light citrus and moderate bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Moderately lasting piney aftertaste. Good hoppy Brown Ale. Decent drinkability and good balance. Well done.