Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Bob for the bottle! Poured clear coppery-orange with a short-lived cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up nutty notes, caramel, and wet hay with accents of cereal.. not much hoppage to note. The flavor found nutty and biscuit character at the core with hints of dark fruit and earthy bitterness around.. brighter and prickly as it warmed up, and it seemed like some combination of degraded hops and boozage.. toasty and sharp on the finish. Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation on the palate.. just a poor transition to the sharper stuff on the edges (the really didn’t do a lot of good).. not bad.
islay (2155) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. Nutty, dry, slightly sharp aroma features Nutella, toast, carob, and caramel scents. Interesting smell. Pours a clear, dull copper to light auburn. Sparkling liquid. Large amount of fluffy, cream-colored head. Produces a smattering of lacing. Simple, sweet taste features caramel and brown sugar flavors. Dull aftertaste. Light body and watery; insubstantial. A bit lively on the palate. This is not my style of beer.
bhensonb (13977) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to guerde for this rarity - might be the only bottle in Cali. Pours a hazy darkish brown/amber with a creamy beige head. Rich aroma notes of darkish malt, chocolate and arguably treacle. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is very mixed - toffee, treacle, something in that vein. Nutty. Tasty. Finishes neither sweet nor dry, and there’s a slight tootsie roll rebound.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Rich, somewhat dark brown with an orange-red hue. Small off-white head forms with spotty lacing.
Milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Very nice malty smell overall.
Semi-sweet malt backbone of caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruit and molasses. A nice nut flavor helps cut the sweetness which turns slightly drying at the end.
Relatively low carbonation, medium smooth body, slight dry finish. Just a nice pub ale feel overall.
Both full flavored and easy drinking at the same time. One of the better English Brown Ales I have had.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours amber/brown with a thin tan head.
Aroma is biscuity and bready malt.
Flavour is caramel maltiness with a nutty finish.
solid nut brown ale.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells earthy with some sweet malty hints. Tastes nutty and caramelly with an earthy finish.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice brown color with amber highlights. It has a nice white head that has decent retention and lacing. The aroma is wonderful! There are real nutty tones back with a soothing scent of maple. Yummy! The flavor is very smooth and warming. There are big nutty flavors in the forefront and almost a caramel backbone to it. Very delicious! This beer makes a great winter warmer! The mouthfeel is just a bit bigger than a normal brown and that fits in nicely here. I really like this beer.
tedovertu (291) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A strange tasting brew. Clear brown medium color. Very small off white head that quickly diminishes. Extremely small notes of nuts and caramel. Watery in texture and light in carbonation. It has a very strange flavor, I taste some sauerkraut in the back end. Might be because of drinking some Surly Darkness before rating this one that it tastes so bad.
wench (30) - st. paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear dark brown in color. aroma very pleasant chocolate, carmel, and malts. think I liked the aroma better then the taste. I found it a little bitter. was good but not my favorite brown ale.
Sammy (11056) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty brown, pours brown with initial white foamy head. Some bitterness apparent, but well washed over with malt, making it easy drinkable but essentially another malt. A bit of choco malt too.