Ontape (434) - Valley Village, California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a murky dark brown, little tan head. Aroma is chocolate tootsie pop first and foremost. As you sip, some oak and pine characteristics join in. Somewhere in between an IPA and a porter with vinuous character from the oak. Lots of semi-sweet chocolate on the finish. I like it.
gnoff (8112) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 fl oz bottle thanks to deft! Sampled on December 31, 2014.
Clear dark reddish brown color, small teal head. Sweet, fruity, oats scent. Sweet, fruity, toasted taste. Grainy aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
Strykzone (5261) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. Dark brown but with more amber than would be seen in a stout. A nice tan head that lasts. A really nice aroma is both pleasant and interesting. Cocoa and vanilla are in front. Those are also tasted. Citrus hops, too. This is kind of a robust porter / brown ale combination. Earth, dark and more bitter chocolate, and even a little bit of spice. A nutty finish was a pleasant surprise. This beer has a great way of moving flavors in and out. From oak to cocoa to citrus, etc. There is just so much going on in this beer and so many of those flavors are really nice. Feel is smooth and rich. This is like brown meets porter meets black IPA.
hayduke (3545) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bomber was shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat, Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head and moderate lacing. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Medium body. VEry smooth mouthfeel. Some citrus appears in aroma, Flavor is very complex with oak, earth, and citrus showing up over the chocolate/coffee base. The finish is coffee bitter and dry with vanilla. Spice and nuts appear late. A very complex flavored beer overall with a lot to like here.
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"Not your traditional brown ale" - I daresay, this is more like a coffee porter. Pours dark brown with massive head. Burnt coffee aroma. Coffee, malts, caramel sugar gives way to a burnt flavour in the back of my mouth. Very forward. Interesting, but somewhat unbalanced.
tightslice (260) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Flavor in Half Moon Bay, CA. Pours a brown cola. Aroma is caramel, roasted malts. Taste is dry malts. @badhack wrote "Non descript, but inoffensive hazy brown ale." I agree.
badhack (368) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Non descript, but inoffensive hazy brown ale. Moderate mouthfeel. Some malts, no bread, some bitterness.
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Pour is hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor are both pretty faint with notes of nuts, caramel, charcoal, and coffee. Light to medium bodied.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled in a bomber. Chilled. A nice brown ale that was rich and malty taste an aroma. Well put together brew.
Weidemann (6) - USA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance is quite dark, root beer when leaned in the light, otherwise solid espresso color. Nice tan head with cool-shaped lacing like a hippo head amidst foreign countries.
Aroma has caramel and light nuts and chocolate, almost like a chocolate root beer float.
Medium mouthfeel with a nice light creaminess floating around after swallowing.
Taste is moderately bitter at first, there's a toasty bitterness that lingers for minutes. The following tastes, though, add caramel and nut and light cocoa powder with increasing vanilla aftertaste until the chocolate root beer float is closer to reality than fantasy.
Overall: A solid brown that starts like a bitter dark chocolate and develops into a semi-sweet chocolate infused with vanilla beans.