omhper (22759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled, from Bozeman, MT. Clear nut brown, brief head. Syrupy nose with a bit of roastiness. Light-medium bodied with sloppy mouthfeel. Syrupy with notes of cranberies. Low bitterness. An unconvincing brown ale.
bhensonb (13616) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from the Canyon Village grocery in Yellowstone National Park. Pours ruddy dark brown with a transient beige head. Aroma is very chocolate with a hint of nuts. Med body. Flavor is chocolate with a little lightly greasy nuttiness. A very tasty brown ale that finishes nicely bitter.
Tmoney99 (13077) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at Cincy Ratebeer Gathering. Poureed hazy dark brown hue with average rocky off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted nutty malt aroma. Flavor was moderate toasted balanced sweet with an average bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Medium smooth body. Good brew.
argo0 (12858) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pillowy off-white head atop a crystal clear dark red-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, nut, light chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, nut, some caramel, light salt. Watery light-medium body, easy drinking.
Ratman197 (12686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cola, carmel and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and light cola with a smooth lingering carmel finish.
jcwattsrugger (11902) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap-pours an off white ring for a head and mahogany color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel/chocolate/nutty, some earthy hops. Taste is earthy/dry hops, sweet medium malt-caramel/chocolate/nutty/peat.
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber, almost brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, nuts, coffee grounds and earth. Tastes of roast, coffee, earthy, nuts, and caramel.
kp (10884) - 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
Ferris (10779) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Rich coffee aroma with the slightest bit of alcohol. Rich opaque brown with a nice thin but persistent brown head. Roasted coffee, malts, tinge of bitterness and alcohol on the finish. The ’nut’ is lost on me but it is a nice dark beer, a little strong and more like a porter
MartinT (8987) - 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.