MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
My Bottom Line:
This frail Brown Ale’s earthy and caramel sweetness is quickly spun into citrusy, lactic tartness, veering away from any semblance of a sessionable malty brew. This bottled batch is highly problematic.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the coppery brown.
-That earthiness in the nose is redolent of forest mushrooms.
-The finish is vacuous; neither the malts or the infection stay very long.
-The body is on the anemic side of things, but that might be caused by whatever’s awry with this batch.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Pours clear reddish brown with a lacy off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, brown sugar and dust. Lightly sweet chocolate and roasted nut flavor with a sour finish. Looks like BitterRoot might have an infection problem on it’s hands with this one.
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark brown color with a moderate white head. The aroma contains some nutmeg, toffee, and chocolate. The flavor is slightly sour with some caramel and a nutty chocolate flavor. Overall browns can be boring, this is definitley in that category.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear brown, wispy beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma with a light lactic tartness keeping it dry,
Flavor: dry chocolate flavor, a touch of caramel sweetness tries to emerge but the lactic tartness holds it back, light balancing bitterness,
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 5/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, stringy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty malts and a touch of infected tartness. Starts fizzy and effervescent with some vinegar notes and lightly milk chocolatey notes before a drier finish. This seems to be in the early stages of infection, but is still tolerable now.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, nutty, toasty, and caramel. Flavor is thin some malts, nutty, toast, and a light earthy finish.
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from kyzr. Pours dark brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma is of sweet roasted malt and nuts. A tad bit of sweetness as well. Flavor is more or less the same. Sweet lightly roasted malts followed by some nuts. A light dry finish. Rather thin, but it did taste good.
alexsdad06 (5234) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a 22 oz. bottle shared by decaturstevo at the Cincy gathering. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a small diminishing beige head. The aroma is sweet malts, nuts and brown sugar. The flavor has the same sweet malt, light nuts, and a hint of fruit. Definetly thin and watery. Thanks Steve for sharing.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Dan Journal #131. Tasted 11/8/07. 22oz bomber. Murky brown hue. Buttery cocoa aromas. Dark fruits. Too fruity, not enough nutty. Gets slightly better as it watms. Syrupy and ample notes. Cinnamon and cocoa. Not too bad!
decaturstevo (4851) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An aroma of nuts with a hint of caramel. A dark brown pour with a light tan head. Nice semi sweet malt flavor a bitter that is a bit less than pleasant-nutty. A bit thin and a bit fizzy. Not a bad beer but needs some work for sure.