JPDIPSO (5587) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a tall tight tan head. A very dark, but good looking brown. Caramel and simple malt aromas, with hints of cooked greens as a mild disturbance in the background. Lots of sweetness greets the mouth. A mild dark candi flavor, with lightly roasted malts. Starts to get cloying in feel toward the end of the quaff. Some licorice and vanilla flavors mingle with the sweetness, but add little to the "enjoyability" qualities. Unlike Ernie, I am not getting bored with this, rather sick of this and I have a bomber bottle, so the experience is extended. A mild dry roasted malt finish help slightly. The deeper I get into this bottle, the more I appreciate it (perhaps still not like it). A strong brown ale. Perhaps a brown strong is to be simple and strong. It just doe nothing for me.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nutty malts in the aroma with a strong boozy character. Clear, dark, ruby-brown body with a low, off white head that rec to ring. Strong alcohol flavour over nutty malt character with some herbal hops apparent in the lightly bitter finish. Light body with gentle carbonation that is perhaps a bit on the low side. Sampled on tap at the brewpub.
Ratman197 (13080) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a dark brown with a lasting amber head. Aroma was malty and fruity. Palate was medium bodied and dry. Flavor was malty, grainy and vegtal with a dry finish.
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught, Breckenridge by Coors Field, Denver.
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nuts).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
I was kinda hoping this would be a more substantial brown ale, but it’s not got a lot going on...simple malt aroma and an almost syrupy sweet flavor profile that needs more bittering hops to be drinkable. I got fatigued (and bored) less than halfway through a 10oz pour. That shouldn’t be. Other than that, not bad, pretty substantial mouthfeel for the style.
BeerandBlues2 (12045) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Breckenridge at the Ballpark. Pours dark nut brown - molasses with a frothy off-white head and lined lacing. Nutty caramel malt (meal) aroma. Caramel, light chocolate malt flavor with toffee notes and slightly bitter. Medium bodied and creamy palate.