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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
This dark brown ale is slightly sweet with a caramel and dark fruit finish. A show case of fine English malts, floor malted the old way. We use pale, chocolate, and crystal malts to produce a complex, but easy drinking dark ale. Very reminescent of northern English ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Parrothead (293) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours an opaque brown with a nice tan head. Caramel in the nose, some toffee. Taste of sweet malt with faint hops. Head left a nice lace down the side of the glass. I like my brown ales a bit hoppier, but I still liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Draft at Fox & Hound, Wilmington, NC... NTB Ernesto Festo í06... Clear brown ale with a large, frothy, beige head. Caramel and toasted nut nose. Malty, nutty, caramel flavor. Leans toward the sweet side of balance and offers up a good bit of buttery diacetyl. Light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Moderately malty, crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Bottle. Somewhat uninspiring. Nice dark brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is a little thin - some maltiness, but not much else. Flavor is much the same, with an oddly sour presence. Not a bad drink, but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
biznizness (1138) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Very mild aroma, but a dark, dark color. Smooth going down, but didnít offer all that much in the flavor dept. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2006
Bottle thanks to Ross! Thank you. Pours a lighter shade of brown, leaving room for light to shine through. Head is one finger of beige froth, minute lace. Nutty malt aroma. (Roasted chestnut, boozy pecans) some mlk chocolate, and mildly hopped. Flavours are brown sugar with sweet burnt nuts, roasted malts, caramel apples. Finish is watery, but slightly creamy, and enjoyable. A good nut brown, if there ever was one. Thanks Ross.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Poured amber with a tan head. Aroma is nutty, some carmel, slight chocolate, and malty. Flavor is nutty with some soil and carmel notes. Body leans towards watery and flavors are muted.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2006
this is not a bad beer. slight roasted nut in the aroma. slight nut tasted overrun by malts. not really that bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 25-Mar-06 in trade with Jonathan3584, thanks Jonathan!) Second try with this beer, and though not as obviously infected as the previous bottle, thereís still some odd, lightly sour funk going on here. Mild nuttiness and light roast are in danger of being overrun. Funky and lightly sour nose matches the flavor except that malty characteristics canít be picked out. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Medium-brown in color and fairly clear in appearance. The off-white head is quite lively on the pour, but once it settles to a quarter-inch in height, it shows phenomenal retention. There is no bottling date for this beer, but I give it another month or two and the growing infection would be a runaway train. Even now, itís not the least bit enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MarkBarnes (390) - Waterville, New York, USA - APR 13, 2006
Apr. 13, 2006; 12 oz. bottle

This has a weird, overripe fruit aroma I canít really warm up to. Sour taste with little to no hop presence. The bite is all sourness and no bitterness. A strange concoction indeed -- quite unlike other brown ales Iíve tried.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2006
Rudy chestnut color with a taller dark canvas colored head. Something must be off in this one. This one has a mild scent of a mild kriek. Wood and mild cherries mix with a light dark caramel malt aroma. Not a bad aroma, but certainly not the aromas I am expecting from a nut brown ale. Mild roasted malt flavor intermingle with cask wood. Again not bad just nothing I would expect from a nut brown. Mild infection seems to be here, but none of the other signs appear (gusher, etc.). A mild black malt component kicks in the finish. Canít say I understand this one.

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