Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very average quality craft ale, I would guess inspired by Sprecher Black or Schell’s Alt. Of the three the Schell’s strikes me as having the best character with a bit more roasty bite than this brew. This beer poured from the bottle well, with a bit too much carbonation for the style, but settled out for a nice cream/tan puffy head. Lighter body and milder flavor than you would think by looking at the mahogany color. Low aroma with a thin caramel/malty note.
douglas88 (7421) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joes. Pours a dark brown color, a bit red, with a small white head. A sweet nose of cola and caramel. The flavor is toast, sweet sugars, brown toasted malt. OK. Lots of cola.
gripweed57 (1040) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Mahogany color topped by a large rocky beige head. Roasted malt nose has hints of cocoa and nuts. Tangy roasted malt flavor has more cocoa and toasted nuts upfront. Some dark dried fruit and floral hops in finish. Decent brown ale at a bargain price of $1.00 per bottle.
Butters (3982) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I"m really shocked by the low ratings. Perhaps it’s because it’s labeled as a brown ale? Really nice and chocolately. Lots of molasses and tobacco and malt and caramel. Some tar as well. Really earthy and sweet but not cloying. Semi bittersweet chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Nice.
trapped (1508) - New York, TURKEY - JUL 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Opaque inky black with small beige foamy head, faint roasted makt aroma, medium carbonation, slightly bitter roasted malt taste, long burnt finish.
Bif (1738) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown color with a small tan head and bit of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, some chocolate and caramel. Taste of toasted malt, dark chocolate with nuts and dark fruit. Malty bitterness that lingers into the finish. Medium body, nice grainy feel that gives this beer some character. Enjoyable beer, much better than expected.
sailracer (447) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Lot’s of un-fermented malt flavors with some toasted flavors and not much in the way of hops. Not very good overall.
geologyguy (1029) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
malty dark fruit smell, sweet and good...vanilla?? almost black appearance, taste is very smooth and sweet, just a touch bitter that distracts, finishes coffee...some butteriness on the first taste
bigericsports (35) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Trader Joe’s, Pours reddish black with a thin tan head and slight lacing. Nose is malty with hints of cocoa and caramel, plums, raisins and toffee. Sweet to the taste, fuller medium body with medium carbonation. Nice brew at a reasonable price.
blankboy (6651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle (12oz) from Trader Joe’s] Pours a dark, deep amber-brown with an average size lasting frothy beige head and minimal lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, chocolate and nuts along with light hops and some vanilla -- smells a bit too sweet but not bad. Flavour: Not bad, maltier and hoppier then expected (not very hoppy, just more then expected), a bit nutty and chocolaty and with a short dry finish. Average bodied. I’ve had worse beers from these guys, this isn’t bad, it’s decent.
jerseyjohn71 (273) - corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
caramel, hay, chocolate, coffee, toast, dough, red, clear, light sweetness, light body, creamy,