daknole (7205) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown pour. Light head. Very malty aroma. Caramel, roasted nuts, light hops and light chocolate. Flavor is loaded with malt, nuts and chocolate. Good brew.
Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle -> English Pint glass (fresh out of the dimpled mugs). Looked promising. Poured an appropriate dark mahogany, with a very light and thin head, and showed minimal lacing. Smelled immediately of cinnamon and sourness. Tasted mostly sour, with a bit of malt in the background. Overall, sour. Judging from the other posts, I had a bad bottle. Will re-rate if given the opportunity.
Pawola22 (3108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep brown body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that whisps away quickly and leaves a good amount of streaky lacing. Aroma is rich and sweet caramels, milk chocolate, nuts, raspberry and blackberry, and a very light roast. Flavor is interesting. There is an abundant amount of overlying blackberry taste unlike most brown ales. At the same time the other half of this flavor is rich caramels, milk chocolate, and a light roast. No real bitterness or hop taste to this. Finishes rich with a light roast and more of that blackberry taste. Slightly dry after a medium, smooth body. The aftertaste is mostly rich caramels and chocolate as well as a light roast without the blackberry taste. Overall, I really like the rich and roasty brown ale flavor of this beer, but the blackberry taste is a little off puting. It gets a little better as it warms, but it still gives off a weird berry taste that Iím not digging. Some hops would be nice as well.
beerbastard (502) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Compared to other Browns I have had, this is very good. I am not looking for it to stand up to a Porter. Light chocolate malt nose. Very clean flavors, nutty coco. Not too sweet. Clean dry finish. Good Brown.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted malty sweetness with hints of cinnamon. Blackish brown with a red hue, thick medium head. Sweet roasted cacao nibs with some hazelnut, bitterness is mild, but present and appropriate. Medium carbonation, heavier bodied, but the warm alcohol finish cuts through quite nicely. This almost seems like a great holiday style ale at its worst, and a complex Imperial Brown Ale at its best. Great beer
msante79 (2127) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Spankyís in Pueblo. Pours clear dark brown with very light tan head. Aroma is malty with nuts and caramel. Flavor is again malty with some chocolate, nuts, molasses, and some booze. On the heavy side compared to most browns. Thicker mouthfeel. Donít really like the boozy finish. Pulman Brown is similar in mouthfeel but blows this away in terms of flavor and balance.
BOLTZ7555 (2378) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear chestnut pour produces a small eggshell head that left minimal lacing. Aroma is dark malt, toasted almonds, and molasses. Flavor includes rich caramel, dark fruit, and chocolate. Not thick or viscous...medium mouthfeel. Pretty tasty.
dionysus (1443) - Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think some people should seriously revisit this beer with all of their tastebuds fully functioning. One of the more interesting browns that I have had in a while. Bottle pours deep brown with a dense tan head and decent amount of lacing. The nose has sooo much going on that I canít really understand some of the mediocre reviews. Aroma is heavy in roasted nuts, chicory, molasses, cookie dough, chocolate and dark vinous fruit. Flavor is primarily the same with the sweet malt giving way to what seems like tobacco on the finish from the relatively muted, earthy hops.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
surprisingly dark pour... clear orange tinted brown with a small tan head.
immediately i can notice vaporous alcohol in the sniffer... aromas of nuts, chocolate, faint coffee, malt/roasty grains, flowers, molasses and cookie dough.
the flavor shares the same characteristics along with a dry finish and lots of boozy notes. it is actually quite hot in the belly though that doesnít stop me from drinking more.
it has a nice full body but a strange (not unpleasant) chalky texture. abv% keeps it dry and away from being too sweet... 6/4/6/4/12/3.2
pinion (12) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A: Dark and then some more dark. Poured with a bit of head but it goes down to almost none. Perhaps it was too cold.
S: Smells like a brown but there are some definite coffee hints in there. It almost smells like a porter. Very good.
T: Wow! Some malt hits you as well as the chocolate tones. Dark chocolate really that mixes nicely with the maltiness. Mmmm. There is a bit of bitterness in there too. But wow, the chocolate flavors out of this are awesome! This is probably the best brown Iíve ever had. Iíll be sad when I canít buy this one anymore.
M: Creamy, silky, with a bit of bitter almost cola like feel all at the same time. Awesome!
D: this one is a sipper obviously from the high ABV but I could sip on this all night long. I might have to buy a few of these to get me through winter!
Overall: If you can find this buy it. Well worth a try! This is one of the better beers Iíve had lately.