Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown pour with red highlights... not a whole lotta off-white head on there. Aroma is of roasty chocolate and some half-stale coffee, and semi-potent. Cola-like and malty on the palate, with an almost smoky roasted chocolate finish. Decent brown... and most excellent aluminum bottle!
jzzbassman (1581) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the better browns. Had a slightly smoky aroma as well as the aroma of a good pipe from across the room, and poured dark brown with a short lived tan puffy head. Flavor was not as bland as most in this style, and had a slight pleasant cigar flavor. Overall, pretty nice.
ahole (38) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet roasted malt aroma with slight hop hints. Great taste, nice and dry finish. Slight bite from the carbonation. Seems to be like a porter-stout mix. I am missing the spice.
Beaver (1637) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with ruby highlights. It has a good sized fluffy light brown head that lasts and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet chocolate malt with some coffee and butterscotch notes.
The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate and caramel, nuts and a little roastiness with a little acidic bitterness that gives it a dry finish. It is medium bodied and a little chalky with a decent amount of carbonation.
Overall, decent but nothing to write home about. A solid backyard brew.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BLBF. Not much aroma. Foamy brown pour. Decent blast of coffee, toffe and caramel. Maybe a hint of chocolate. Finishes sugary and clinging.
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Indiana_Red via trade. Aroma is lightly roasty with lots of caramel and chocolate malt. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a small tan head. Lots of caramel and chocolate (almost toostie roll) malt up front. Light roastiness in the background. Finish is lightly hopped (pine). Somewhat porter-ish. Heavier mouthfeel than most brown ales.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Brown color, clear when held up to the light. It shows a small, off-white, marshmallowy head and leaves a path of sticky lacing. The aromas are those of roasted chocolate covered nuts mixed with a coffee shop aroma -- simply irresistable (This is better than anything Robert Palmer ever sang). The taste continues on matching up with the nose -- rich dark chocolaty malts with a slight bitter aftertaste. The feel is nice, fairly thin (but not too thin like some Brown’s) with an appropriate amount of carbonation giving a pleasant mouthfull to the consumer. I agree with jigglyjock - it does open up as it warms up. This is a great brown ale, ranking right up there with Dogfish Head Indian Brown and Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Moose Drool completes the trifecta of my favorite brown ales.
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of brown sugar, cinninom malt. Has a thick creamy tan head. The body is dark brown barley allowing you to look through it in the light. Nice sweet malts with a hint of spiciness. The brown sugar cinnimon nose transfers to the flavor. Has a nice bitter bite aftertaste with alcohol hints that linger in mouth. Mouthfeel is slightly watery. Overall a well balanced borwn: not too sweet with a hint of spiceiness. Do not serve right out of the fridge. When it warms up it really opens up!
marcus (9012) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a very brown brown ale. Nice malty flavor with a slightly carbonate mouth feel.
Ernest (7284) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (grain, toasted bread, caramel).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Gotta admit I’m surprised...this was another grainy, light-bodied beer that didn’t fulfill the near-3.5 average I knew it had. All three bottles I sampled from Big Sky had some of the same problems, so maybe they’re only good from keg? Definitely below average in this sample’s case though...and I’m usually so forgiving with brown ales...