JohnGalt1 (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
New to me brewery shared tonight by reinheitsgematt... Thanks Matt!! Bottle number 355/370. Pours a dark brown with a little bit of yeast haze with later pours.... Dark tan head rises and drops pretty quickly with decent lacing.
Smells "brown"... Nutty with some dark toast and darker caramel notes. Hops are present but tough to identify.
Flavor mirrors the nose pretty much perfectly... a bit of carry over maltiness really helps meld all the brown ale flavors.. This is pretty damn tasty.
Body is lighter than the flavor profile would lead me to believe... nice carbonation throughout.
Thanks again Matt, I hope we get these bottles up here regularly.
adnielsen (10374) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ BRU. Pours a hazy reddish brown appearance with a tan head. Nutty, caramel, fig, dark fruity aroma. Tangy berry, sweet malty, chocolate, caramel, nutty flavor. Eh
brokensail (15270) - San Leandro, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ BRU. Brown in color (shocking) with an off-white head. Earthy hops, roasted malt, and cocoa. Toasted malt sweetness, nuts, and a slight acidity. Big roasted nut flavor. Cocoa, earthy hops, and some toasted malt sweetness. Bitter finish, light fruit notes.
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A - pours clear cola brown with no head. S - fake smoke, caramel malts, molasses, cereal grains, dates. M - light drinkable bright body. Slightly thinker end. T - grains, dates, molasses, caramel malts, vanilla, fake chocolate, mineral water, soda water. . O - brown. Too sweet. 3
JStax (4578) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Pours a fairly dark brown with a velvety khaki head of foam. Aroma has a sweet, nutty malt profile coming through. Yep, itís a big Brown Ale. Tastes very sweet and caramel like with a soft dryness rounding it out. Overall, itís good.
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2013 Bottle. Pours a murky brown with light tan head, settles quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is dark malt, moderate roast, chocolate, plum/fig. Flavor is roasted, malty, with a sweet, sugary, quite chocolatey, nutty malt finish. Soft carbonation, medium to full body, and very smooth texture. Very enjoyable beer, nicely roasted, chocolatey brown ale.
Ratman197 (12660) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toasted malt, carmel and cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, carmel and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.
3fourths (8982) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle-conditioned 22oz. lightly hazed chestnut brown body with a medium-sized light brown head. caramelized sugar malt nose with banana esters and citrus acid. moderately sweet, medium-low bitterness, medium to medium-high acid. thereís definitely a small bite, some tartness and a mild harshness, that comes across as alcohol (why is this even over 6%?) and some solvent and some sweaty isovaleric acid, but itís mild enough and actually seems to integrate with the banana-like esters, similar to the experience found in your average weizenbock. but this is a brown ale, a rather large one, and the acids seem out of place but thankfully they cut some of the sweetness. while I appreciate that itís bottle-conditioned, it is a bit too pasty, yeasty, and a bit dirty and raw, which almost creeps over into enjoyably-earthy (tilled soil), but not quite. the nut oil and toffee sugar and evergreen hop notes are nice, but I think it needs some polishing. doesnít seem to have any real focus. as excited as I was to see all noble hops, itís a miss for me. clean it up, dry it out a bit, bring down the alcohol, then we will be there.
TAR (2595) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Eclipsed chestnut. Lathery beige-white foam holds beautifully. Nose is comprised of tobacco, marzipan, hazelnut, plum skin, with distant notes of bakerís chocolate, husky malt (burnt popcorn), cookie, wax, plastic, and peppery hops. Fleeting glimpses of medicine/grape cola. Lush carbonation. Airy and plasticlike phenols initially overlap with a splash of fruity esters and burnt popcorn. Fairly sugary, with not a whole lot of malt poking through to enhance the sugary weight and esters. Sugars do salvage some of the empty gaps induced by the body-hampering huskiness and perceptible roast-derived astringency, but the lack of vivid malt definition is somewhat detrimental to the structure. Alcohol packs moderate sharpness and warmth, and creates a medicinal effect as it blends with the sugars and fruity esters. Quite sweet, consequently, with an unyielding overripe fruitiness which continually encumbers the malt development. Aside from some sugar-derived grittiness, there is virtually no malt grip to temper the fruity slickness. Only the faintest glimpse of vanilla cookie exudes, which is lovely albeit quickly fleeting. Finishes vaguely malty though predominantly plasticlike and on the slippery side with a cola-sugar dullness to close things out. I was so hoping to find an elegant, dryly malty, and well-attenuated brown ale, as there are so few of those around these days (e.g. Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale, Agullons Runa, etc.). But this is almost the antithesis of what I love in the styleÖalong with having the off-putting kind of plastic (trash bags instead of the interesting type like medical tape, band-aid, etc.), it has the loathsome grape/cherry note as well as the huskiness. Beezel was a downright lovely rendering of a challenging-to-brew style, so I donít at all doubt that a few adjustments might very well transform this into something quite nice.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is muddy dark brown, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/nuts, chocolate, coffee, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers, apricot), with notes of raisin and vanilla.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Well, I must say Iím quite intrigued by this brewer...both this and the Beezel are quite enjoyable and *almost* repeat-purchase-worthy. If they have any flaw across the board, itís that you pretty much have to have a sweet tooth to love them (which I lack, I donít eat desserts, soda, etc.). However, at least for Beezel and Obitus, you need not have one to *like* them...these arenít like the syrupy sugar bombs of Bruery, for example. In fact, with only small tweaks this beer (and Beezel) could easily be 4+ quality. The nose is rich and very attractive for the style and itís quite clean as well (no huskiness or other off notes). Unfortunately, the appearance is kinda sad (very muddy...I prefer bottle conditioning, but not to the point where it makes the beers look like sludge and mutes the aroma) the aforementioned sweetness needs balance, and less alcohol would be preferable in a beer like this too. Still, this is an exciting brewer to watch...lots of potential here, probably more so than any other Colorado brewer Iíve tried in a LONG time.