AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Despite the name, this is actually a pretty decent beer. A small bit of northwestern hops in the nose and a nice sweet malty flavor. Tasted like a Fat Tire with amped up flavor/aroma. Very nice.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with no freshness date.
Made a decent appearance, poured a hazy red hued brown with a foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing, minimal amount of sticking, moderate carbonation.
Had a sweet malty nose, caramelized and toasty.
A lightly crisp and smooth light medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Chocolate and cocoa powdery with toasted grainy taste followed by a leafy hoppiness, then a little fruitiness and a dryish malty finish.
A nice English Brown Ale from Big Sky, tasty and quaffable.
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 Poured as dark brown as many a porter. Head was a nice tan covering that lasted the entire drink with full lacing around the glass after each tilt and sip. The aroma was nutty, chocolate, with some hops. The flavor was decent, nuts emerging from low at fridge temps, but increasing with temperature. The drink was somewhat porter-like: chocolate and some coffee, roasted malts, with a hop finish. Upon warming, this beer improved. First tasting the mouthfeel seemed more creamy (Aug ’05), but more recently (June ’06) seemed too watery. The chocolates and coffee in the finish were a nice touch with the hops playing a nicely balancing background role. Re-rate, 1/07, draft in Flagstaff: Mouthfeel remained thin and watery, and the hops were still not at the level I remember from my first tasting. A nice balance of malt and hops, though, this time the smoke, char, and ash flavors were stronger and balanced out a coffee-choco malt base. The ash/smoke flavors reminded me of the way DFH plays on the dual style Indian Brown, and I like this non-peaty approach much better. A unique brown ale, not rich enough in flavor to warrant a higher rating, a little overcarbonated at this thin of a body, but the flavors meld together quite well, and it doesn’t run away malty sweet or thick. Re-rate, 11/07, draft: This one definitely approaches more of a porter than a brown ale, enjoyable either way, a solid brew from a style that doesn’t normally excite me, nice stuff, although not outstanding.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 16 oz aluminum. Deep maroon on the pour with a tan head. Fruit and roasted java on the nose. Iced espresso with some sweetness. Thought this was pretty good and I’m not a brown aficionado. The roasted malts, sweet caramel and sprinkle of sweetness made this beer quite enjoyable. A brown ale for those who typically may not love that style. Thanks to wolfs for the bottle.
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Walnut brown with a tiny tan head. Toasty malt and caramel aroma; flavor is malty iwth a mocha note. Body is a little watery.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Have passed this buy many a time, but finally decided to try it. Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, and some butterscotch. Body is a nice ruby brown hue, with a thin dissapating head. Taste is very caramel oriented, slightly watery, mildly bland.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown even for a brown ale and a thin short lived head. Aroma is a bit bland, but has some light nuttiness and light roast. Caramel sweetness, toffee, and nuts in the flavor but again- it is slightly weak overall. Light herbal and bitter finish. Pretty clean and easy to drink overall.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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Very sweet malty aroma is breadier than many Browns and almost touches on the Malt aroma of a Malta pop. Brown with amber hues and a quickly diminishing tan head. Big chocolate/caramel/malt powder punch in the fore. Some fruity apple notes in the middle and a mildly dry nutty finish. I just had the Deschutes Brown Ale and along with this one it gives me hope that there are still very good Brown Ales being made today.
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I drink a metric ass ton of this beer. Pours a dark brown with garnet hues and an average sized creamy head. A nice clean boquet with aromas of ripe apple, pear, roasty malt, and English toffee. A nice smokey, nutty sweet flavor with very little bitterness at all. More toffee. Good body and mouthfeel, solid carbonation. I really love this beer.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dull brown appearance – nice frothy head – nose brown sugar, clove with a hint sour milk – robust malty and chocolate taste , a little cinnamon and hops present – medium/thick body- heavy lasting aftertaste traces of coffee