ben4321 (4649) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark, 2/25/10
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, a good amount of cherry, some nuttiness, and earth
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy beige head, some lace
Flavor: The taste is somewhat sweet and fruity, with a fruity sourness to it as well
Palate: The carbonation is fairly lively, with a somewhat sticky feel, and an astringent finish
Wow, this one is not at all what I was expecting at all. It looks like a brown ale, it smells like a brown ale, but it tastes like sour fruits. Man, a total surprise. I’m not even sure how I feel. Did I like this? Did it work? I can’t decide. I think it is interesting, but ultimately I wouldn’t say it is making me pumped to rush out and try it again. Weird stuff...
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz - Subtle aroma of molasses, toasted nutty malts, caramel, toffee, chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is mostly alcohol and sticky malts. Very sticky palate. Not terrible but not that good either.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours reddish brown with a fully receding tan head. Notes of sweet toffee, caramelized fruit, toasted and brown malt. Full bodied and lightly sweet with medium carbonation.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of herbs, malt, slight brown sugar, light nuts, slight cola, iron, and metal. Poured dark brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan/light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling to very sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malts, light chocolate, slight nuts, cola, iron, metal, slight caramel, slight brown sugar, and some oxidation. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, malt, light nut, light brown sugar, finish. 7.5%ABV is hidden throughout.
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at Buckeye Beer Engine. Brown pour with a medium beige head. Caramel malt in the aroma, but smells very weak and lager-ish. Flavor is caramel, a hint of butter and more of that lagery character. They say it’s an ale, but it’s pretty weak if so. And a towering behemoth? I’ll go with baby smurf.
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Small beige head atop cloudy dark red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, chocolate, some nut. Taste is sweet, cherry, caramel, some chocolate, light alcohol warming. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
( 22oz bottle ) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of cola, roasted nuts, caramel, and cocoa. Flavor of roasted malt, cocoa, strong alcohol (for a brown ale), and caramel.
TheBeerGod (5536) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cola colored brown with a beige head. Aroma is very nutty and earthy with light spicy hops, big caramel, sweet malt, and chocolate covered nuts. Taste has more earthy and spicy notes, sweet malt, big caramel, chocolate and a lactic tartness. Maybe some tart berry as well. Body is light-medium with a bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more big caramel, sweet malt, chocolate covered nuts, earthy flavors, spicy and floral hops and berries. Perhaps cherries.
radagast83 (5606) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I don’t know if there was something wrong with the bottle, but it just wasn’t that good. Pour was promising, with a nice ceamy brown color and a slightly tan head. It was all downhill from there, notes of sour and sweetness powered the aroma, with flavors that followed in that same line. Could have been a bad bottle.
hayduke (3692) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is as as dark "brown" beer as will find with the color nearly black with a medium tan head and good lacing rings. Nose of roasted malts with nuts, chocolate and coffee. Medium heavy body and a good mouthfeel. The flavors are malts, chocolate, coffee and some bitter hops. Dry and bitter finish. Thanks Strykzone for this good beer.