bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 24, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown in color with a thin white head that stays. An almost astringent nutty aroma? Like burnt wood. An average nutty, roasty flavor. They did a great job on getting that "english ale" flavor in there. It’s also watery, like many english ales. A good beer. Definitely not insulting to the palate.
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Draft at BW3 downtown Indianapolis, IN. Ivory fizzy medium sized head that mostly diminished with sparse lacing, transparent, no visible carbonation, and a ruby hue. Sweet, malty and caramel aroma. Flavor was sweet, malty, caramel and nutty. Mouthfeel was smooth and thin.
Re-rated on 2-5-09 at Trion Tavern, New Haven, IN. Poured a medium sized tan head that was very bubbly and mostly diminished, fair amount of lacing, transparent, minimal visible carbonation, and an reddish-brown hue. The aroma was brown malt, caramel, semi-sweet, and nuts. Ditto for the flavor along with some chocolate and a bitter finish. Tingly mouthfeel and medium bodied. Nice balance, easy to drink and would be a so-so session beer.
BeerandBlues2 (9681) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at brewpub. Pours mahagony, dark brown with an edgy foamy tan head. Sweet caramel and brown sugar malt and nutty aroma with light hop notes. Bitter acidic hop and caramel malt flavor, yeasty finish. Medium bodied and thin, spicy palate.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 8, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the brewpub. Brown reddish amber with a good-sized head. Sweet tasting. More roasted than toasted. Nutty and meaty (?) scent. Not real interesting.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport: Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with a thin coating of light tan head. Dry subtle malty and nutty aroma has some toasty grainy notes. Body starts with a mild dry caramel malty sweetness, thinning some before a bittersweet, lightly tart, lingering nutty finish. A decent brown ale.
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Cincy airport under the name of Nut Brown Ale. Poured a brown color with an average off-white head that diminished slowly. Heavy sweet roasted malt. Medium body with a creamy texture. Moderate sweet and light bitter with an average finish.
novedyarg (56) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with amber hues. Aroma of roasted malts and barley with a sweet caramel hint. Taste of nuts with a creamy caramel finish that’s bitter sweet. Had on tap at American Turner’s on 7/9.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Draft: at the BBC Shelbyville. Was billed as the Nut Brown Ale, I’m not sure about the Anniversary part. Near black with reddish hues. Roasted malt and barley aroma. Caramel and nutty flavours. Both taste and aroma were quite subdued. These could use some work. Too dark for the style, and too mild for my tastes.
Ar 4 Ap 3 Fl 6 Pa 3 Ov 12
Cask: Dark brown with ruby hues with a creamy off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel and dark breads. Starts moderately sweet. Rather mild, some toasted malt and nuts. Soft carbonation but of a moderate level for a cask offering. Restrained bitterness. No distinguishable characteristics from the cask, although I rated it higher.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft - little to no aroma. Dark brown body with a medium-sized head of large beige bubbles that quickly turned into just a ring around the glass. Malty with a touch of finishing nuttiness. Not terrible, but not great.
TAR (2490) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cask conditioned: Mahogany in color. Fat, light hazel foam. Prevalent leathery house character in the aroma with notes of toffee, plummy malt, rye, and bushy hops. Hints of roast. Fluffy carbonation. Tea-like softness. Complexly flavored with tangy leather and stewed plum notes. Continually soft and fruity with coconut and mango suggestions. Scratchy yeast and grainy malt textures buoy the earthy hop astringency with hints of fruitcake and acidity. Juicy malt structure hints at toasted, lightly husky malt. Pulverized malt notes are enlivened by gentle tropical fruit acidity and rich caramel. Understatedly nutty malt finish underlined with a delicate sweep of coarse hops. Needs more malt emphasis in both aroma and flavor. Excellent session brew, though.