BeerBunker (943) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours amber with a frothy tan head. Aroma is of malt, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, and hops. Has a very inviting aroma. Taste starts off with a decent amount of chocolate and some dark fruit. Has a big presence of grassy hops. Backbone is of toasted caramel malt. Lingering taste of hops and slight citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Very well-balanced and tasty.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottles from Jubilation. This is a fine, fine beer. Nose is darkish coffee; color is an anemic amber which is the clear weak spot. Flavor is by turns caramel, Cascade hops, apple, fruit skin, toasted malt, coffee. A great brown with a great bite and a very smooth, sweet (almost red) finish.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Clear copper under a sturdy, light tan head that leaves some nice lace. Caramel and toast up front on the nose, followed by some nice pine and spice. Lightly carbonated medium body, and a clean dry palate. Not as sweet as most brown ales, with some roasty and nutty flavors, but a healthy hop bitterness at the finish. This is a nice brown ale, lots of flavor and a zesty finish.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kind of a dirty copper color. Smells nice, hops and nutty malt. tastes similar, the hops are very forward and a nice flavor. Finishes a little odd - the sweet malty taste takes over, and almost a stout-esque coffee flavor in there, too. Decent beer - but not very well balanced, IMO. Like someone whisked together an IPA and a Brown.
emacgee (4404) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a translucent copper with a one finger cream light tan head. The nose manages to deliver some of the forebears of the hop presence, citrusy notes, some grapefruit rind, Simcoe influence, nice sweet caramel malt balance. The flavor is very well balanced. Nice upfront hop character, citrusy and resinous, tastes like Simcoe, some peanut shell flavor (centennial?), good malt balance, sweet caramel. Palate shows a nice bitter presence. Tasty.
Tmoney99 (12046) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Keg Liquor.
Poured a clear brown color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth slick texture and soft carbonation. Solid balanced toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
Good complex brew.
DerWeg (1563) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
CASK at ginger Man in NYC. Subtle almost perfumey fruit - peachy. A bit of caramel chocolate and good hop aroma and bitterness. Oddly a bit undefined yet still pretty good!
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brownish-amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, nuts), moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of toffee and orange peel.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Other than the overdone raw hop aroma, the remainder of the nose is pleasant enough. Fairly bitter, maybe a bit overly so. Nice appearance. Overall a decent beer that hopheads will enjoy.
BREWMUSKCLES (2398) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a nicely hoppy brown ale. fragrant of hops and grapefruit with the accompanying lightly sweet taste infusion. a brown ale that is not too thick of body it is refreshing a bit tart and tangy but still presents itself with some classic mellow tones of flavor and body, in a word... earthy.quite a nice bitter tang in the finish and matched in a good abv. nice. tap at the market ale house Pittsburgh pa.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear tawny color with a puffy off-white head. Aroma is a very complex balance of bitter and citrus hops mixed with some caramel malts and nuts. Flavor is chocolate at the start that gives way to the bitter and flowery hops, then moves to a smooth and lightly roasted finish with hints of caramel. Aftertaste has some dry and bitter hops. Very interesting.