ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A mediocre brown but spectacular compared to the pale ale. Nutty and mildy roasted with a residual sweetness.
superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours with instant head that takes forever to settle. Hazy reddish brown color with a very dense 2 finger off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice thick soapy lacing on the glass, with a ton of carbonation streaming up. This is probably infected. Aromas of huge apple skins, caramel, molasses, toasted malt, bread, light chocolate, and light herbal hops. Way over the top apple notes makes finding anything else difficult. Taste of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, brown sugar, light herbal hops, and light fruitiness. No bitterness on the finish with lingering notes of chocolate, biscuit, caramel, toast, nuttiness, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of malty flavors with no cloying sweetness. Low noticeable infection traits in the flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Overall, despite the obvious infection, this was still a pretty tasty brown ale. Good balance of some pretty robust flavors, and quite easy to drink. I am sure this is a great beer without bugs in it.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids, MI. Pours a clear, deeper brown colored body with a thin, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel and nuts with a touch of molasses. A bit of a wet cereal, a hint of fruit, and a light chocolate. Flavor is similar. Nutty caramel and some chocolate up front with a touch of biscuity cereal malts. Some toffee comes in as this finishes with a light, but balanced earthy bitterness that accompanies the malt sweetness nicely. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth, medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid, well balanced, easy drinking brown ale. Nutty caramels, a light chocolate, a hint of fruit, and a balanced earthy bitterness making this pretty enjoyable. This was not exceptional, but it was very well done.
Blairgus (3163) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 Aug 2011, bottle. med amber, clear, some bubbles. sweet malt, honey, maybe some maple syrup. thin/med body and slightly fizzy. sweet malty, faintly nutty, a little maple syrup. nice enough.
drjay44 (2933) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained light beige head, with a bit of lacing, over a clear brown (SRM 24) body.....nose is light cocoa, coffee, chocolate....taste is cereal, light nutty tones, light toffee/caramel, cocoa, chocolate, finishing with a moderate, coffee, hop bitterness.....mouth feel medium, carbonation low. The hops were done with a relatively light hand (Fuggles), so that the malts come more forward than in many American Brown Ales. The result is a nicely balanced, slightly spicy, enjoyable Brown Ale. BJCP 8/3/13/4/7
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with tytoanderso - Pours a clear brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is a toasted caramel malt with some light nuttiness to it. Flavor is a lightly sweetened toasted bready malt. Very light bitterness. Medium body. No unpleasant aftertaste. A very good Brown ale. Thanks Tyler.
DrnkMcDermott (2894) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Single bottle from HyVee. For a "single batch" beer, it sure gets around. I chose a Nonick pint to pour it into; comes out a rather yellowish brown. Smell is lots of brown roast malts, some nuttiness, and even a hint of coffee. Head dwindles quickly to a scrum. Taste is loaded with nut brown malts with a bit of peat. Some earthy and herbal English hops take the usual ale esters out of consideration. A big mouthful of flavor makes it easy to simply enjoy one and put the rest away for later. Not too much later, I get the feeling this would not age well.
jake65 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Tytoanderso - Thanks! Beautiful chestnut brown pour with a finger of creamy tan head. Nose is sweet, malty and nutty. Flavor is earthy and nutty. Plenty of malts, hints of chocolate and light bitters. True to the description, a little twinge of raspberry is detectable right before the bitters in the trailer. Nice suprise from a small MN brewery!
edgallow (2680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, chocolate and some dried fruit. Taste is Malts and chocolate .
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A brown appearance of course. Some nutmeg, chocolate, and toffee in the aroma. The flavor is somewhat sweet and contains chocolate, nutmeg, and toffee. Overall I thought this was a nice brown ale.