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 (7133) - 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 (11822) - 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 thatís bitter sweet. Had on tap at American Turnerís 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, Iím 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 (2518) - 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.
asheft (2700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[The bartender called this "nut brown", so Iím not sure if this rating is in the right place.] Red-brown with a thick, long lasting head. Nutty, worty caramel aroma. A bit sour with a thin body and a thin flavour. I would not have this beer again.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(at CVG) Medium brown. Nice tan head with great lace. Relatively little aroma-malt. Flavor was malt, a bit nutty, not too sweet.
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like everyone else, on draft at the Cincy airport. A brown appearance with a light head. Some hazelnut and toffee characteristics. A very carbonated mouthfeel. Overall impression of Bluegrass so far is an average brewery.