Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 Growler from frankenkitty: This poured fairly dark like more of the American browns seem to be doing lately. Held to the light, it displays reddish highlights. Itís very lightly carbonated and briefly held a wispy white head. The aroma is lightly roasted malt with a trace of hop bitterness. The flavor is both roasted and sweet with some dark fruitiness. The finish is almost chocolate in its sweetness. This drank almost like a porter.
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Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in a very well-priced sampler. Mild malty nose. Dark copper-opaque brown color. Thick in mouth with some cold cocoa and smokey flavor.
gws57 (1271) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this one at the brewpub in Schaumburg, Illinois, marketted as "Brewnette Bombshell." Cloudy brown pour with a filmy head, sweet malts and fruit, plum and raisin with a lot of interesting smokiness. Very good.
Zeswaft (1316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I definitely have to question the designation of this beer as a "brown ale". IMO, this has nothing to do with a brown ale, nor is it brown in color. It is black with no head. Its smell is muted with a little roasted malt. Itís flavor is a bit watered down but with some obvious notes of chocolate, smoke, and a little licorice. Altogether I deem this a week stout. Also, Brunette was how it was spelled at the Schaumburg RAM. All in all, itís a mediocre beer. Reminded me of a Guinness, an awkward Guinness. It made me really mad that when I asked the waitress to describe it she only did so by color and ballparking it between two other beers.
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A seasonal in the Chicagoland area, this beer is close to porter in style. Medium brown with honey-red highlights and a fully dissipating head. Lightly hopped, bocky aroma. Malted flavor is cloying at first, but the sugars stabilize and reveal a fruity, grape persona. Not bad if youíre looking to bridge the gap between RAMís ale and porter.
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