illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Bottle from Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL. Pours a dark brown with some ruby hues and a dissipating off white head. Aroma of brown sugar, hazlenut, and cocoa powder. Initial flavor of caramel, brown sugar, and wet grains- all with moderate sweetness. Mid palate has just enough hops to balance it out but is quickly overpowered by astringency. Some vanilla on the finish that is then is dominated unpleasant fusel alcohol Messy and unbalanced. Improves at room temperature.
waolsen (1334) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. dark brown/black pour with tan milkshake head. lacing. aroma of roasted malts, fresh hops, coffee and brown sugar. medium body. sweet and sugary. sugars mellow as it warms altough I feel they are too dominant. sour malts, roasted nuts, fresh hops, molasses. Nice effort. The 417 is about all I look forward to from Breck.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle served at cellar temperature. Poured a clear ruby brown color. Head was two fingers high and light tan in color. Aroma was of toffee, molasses, and husky grain. Delicately sweet on the tongue with lots of biscuity malt and caramel flavor. There were also a strong vanilla accent and a hint of milk chocolate.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very Dark Brown with White Sandy Ring. Sugar Sweet Aroma. Nice Thick Dark Malts...Faint Notes of Roasts..Light Syrupy Molasses....Sweet Overall..Bitter and Lightly Stale Aftertaste...Nice Solid Brown.
tennisjoel (1151) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Average looking brown ale. Thin cocoa colored head. Aroma is buttery, roasted nuts. A little thin bodied, even for a brown ale. Not too impressed with this...Iíd choose Bells Best Brown or Rogue Hazelnut over this one. Fairly simple and one dimensional. Middle of the road given the style. The one positive here is there is a nice warming feeling without the alcohol bite.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown-mahogany no head. Buttery nuttiness in aroma, faint chocolate. Flavor is all chocolate and toasted nuts, through and through. Residuel sweetness. Only a brown, but enjoyable, if your in the mood for huge malt.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, but not quite solid, brown. Medium light brown head. Lots of roasted malt and a bit of brown sugar in the aroma. Very sweet malt taste with some chocolate, roasted malts and some hops on the finish. An overall very nice sweetness...I really enjoy this beer. For a brown, done very well and packs a good amount of taste in while still leaving it extremely drinkable for 7.5%.
Pailhead (4368) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma is loaded with roasted nuttiness alond with some light chocolate. The beer pours a transparent reddish-brown with a minimal off-white ring for a head. The flavor starts with moderate nuttiness with some faint burnt flavors. There are hints of sweet chocolate throughout. Thereís minimal bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is a tad flat and thin. A decent Brown Ale. 6-3-7-3-14 (3.3)
Re-Rate: I figured Iíd re-rate this since I bought it thinking I hadnít tried it before. After the first sip, Iím figuring the beer has improved in three years or I have a fresher bottle. The aroma is a nice combination of roasted nuts and chocolate. Thereís a slight hint of caramel in there too. It pours a transparent mahogany, with a one inch head that fades to a thin film after a minute or so. The flavor starts with some roasted nuttiness and some light caramel. The chocolate is much more pronounced than my previous rating and the sweetness of the chocolate really becomes more pronounced in the finish. It leaves a pleasant chocolate and roasted nut aftertaste. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and soft mouthfeel. A 3.3 beer usually means the beer is okay, but I wouldnít purchase again unless itís on tap and Iím strapped for choices. However, having purchased this thinking Iíd never had it before, I canít say I regret it. Certainly no world beater, but pretty tasty and a "session" beer that I wouldnít mind seeing in 6-packs. Iím using "session beer" rather loosely as it is 7.5% ABV, but it feels/tastes like a session beer.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The 22 ounce bottle poured a clear dark garnet colored beverage with an off-white, modest sized, rocky head that was mostly diminishing but left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was complex but mostly malty with a moderate presence of molasses straw and mild coffee. There were also notes of dark dried fruits - raisin and date - with a hint of brown sugar. The body was medium full with a nice soft carbonation and a smooth, creamy texture. The flavor started off moderately sweet with the taste of molasses and coffee. That sweetness lasted throughout the medium-long finish and was joined by a hint of smoke and dried fruits.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with reddish hues; clear. Tan colored head that leaves a lasting crown. Aroma is caramel, light roast, and some alcohol notes. Flavor is caramel, slightly nutty, and just a hint of milk chocolate. Alcohol is quite detectable but not offensive in any way. Body is medium to light, but smooth. Overall I think this is a nice beer for a really good price.
22 oz bottle, $2.99 from the Pour House Bottle Shop.