Tmoney99 (8773) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap sample. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. Good sweet malt and floral hop aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate balanced smooth flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.
ContemplateBeer (1140) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma of some caramel, light fruity esters, slight almond. Appearance is somewhat murky brown with bone head. Flavor of sharp almond, but thin malts flavors otherwise. Palate is light, creamy, and soft. Could be a really nice beer if beefed up a bit.
Patrickctenchi (1673) - columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Scotty’s Burger Joint:
Cloudy, tea brown with reddish tint....minimal light tan head.
Scent is slightly spiced, malt and sharp caramel.
Taste is tangy caramel.
Very smooth and easy drinking.
A pretty good one.
Block (1039) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s a decent beer but I was expected a little more. Amber pour. Sweet and malty body. Not too much hops.
shrubber85 (5972) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Columbus Bar. Toffee malt and light pepper aroma. Dark amber with small head. Sweet caramel malt and peppery hops flavor. Different - definitely more spice than the typical brown ale.
Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewpub
Moving on I next tried a decent amber ale that captivated my interest much more. With a good balance between flavor and not going too overpowering it is an ideal session beer. Skip the cream ale and go straight to this if ordering a flight.
Aroma / Appearance - Dense and woody the body is even more reddish brown than pictured above. Caramel, red vines, and oak are heady after a few minutes.
Flavor / Palate - Caramel, copper, and red vines mask a latent wave of lazy carbonation. The chewy mouthfeel is like sucking on a half melted toffee. It also clings to the back of the throat like a piece of candy. Setting the bar just above average this is a respectable release that gives me optimism going forward.
JCB (3792) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Interestingly enough, this relatively blah style is where BBC has turned out one of their most satisfying brews. Granted, it’s nothing to write home about even still. Nice toasted malts and sweet notes of caramel, certainly understand why it’s designated a brown in the database. Mild bittering hops to liven things up, and a fairly brisk and satisfying presence overall.
chriso (7254) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Lennies / Bloomington Brewing Co on 14 March 2010. No ABV stated. Clear amber. Not much aroma. Clean but thin mouthfeel. Easy drinking. Light tangy hop. Rather more like an English bitter than a Brown Ale I thought.
patrick767 (3169) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at Mad Anthony Oktobeerfest - Pours amber with a small off-white head. The malt laden aroma has a mild fruity characteristic. The flavor is sweet and caramel rich with a touch of dark fruit. There’s minimal hops presence. This amber is pretty solid.
pauls_parade (339) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium amber in color, slight haze. A short creamy head which dissipated after a few sips. Caramel malt, some nuttiness, and minor amount of piney hops in the nose. Very creamy mouthfeel, medium in body, short finish. The flavor is malty and sweet balanced by a piney and leafy bitterness at the end. A solid amber ale. A good choice for a session.