decaturstevo (5741) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber brown pour with off white head and lace. Aroma of toasted malt and light chocolate. Roasted malt, light chocolate, and earthy hops. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation.says retired but that was the name on the chalkboard.
KUEric (934) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was the best beer CAlly’s had. I was shocked when my girlfriend agreed. A nice nutty flavor with some chocolate flavors as well. Not amazingly complex but a great balance of nuts and chocolate, whats not to love with that combination?
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Deep black pour with a thin layer of tan head. Nose was nutty with roasted notes. Flavor was full of chocolate and rye. Hops add some zing and bitterness. A nice brown ale aided by that brewpub freshness.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub on 11/21/2008. Dark brown body with ruby highlights. Sweet caramel and molassas aroma with some sweet nuttiness. Nutty flavor, light molassas and chocolate and hints of caramel. Medium body with moderately light carbonation.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a sampler at the brewpub. Pours a dark ruby red color with a medium head and nice lacing. Big aroma of caramel, toffee and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, caramel and dark fruits. Medium bodied.
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub. Decent effort from Erik and the brewers. Dark brown pour with a fleeting head. Slow and soft carbonation is a slight dissapointment, the malt here is strikingly sweet and kind of boring. A bit thin and lacking in flavor, but nothing offensive.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub. Pours deep reddish mahogany with small tight beige head. The aroma is chocolate, raisin, pistacchio, some green bark. Flavor is creamy with chocolate at first, then some more nut husk tones. The finish is quick and smooth. No depth, but ok.
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a creamy light brown head with dark brown-red color. Aroma is malt, sweet. Taste is malt, sweet, good secondary hops, nutty. Good carbonation.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewpub. Very dark brown, almost black, with a brown head. Well balanced nose of roasted aromas and medium malt sweetness. Flavor is very malt focused with a rounded and balanced roastiness and just a touch of bitterness. Some coffee and bitter chocolate in the finish. Medium body, very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This is one I’ve had a lot from Calhoun’s, and this batch is impressively good.
Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
As usual, big thanks to Rob for hauling down a growler of this for me. I would normally complain about half of the growler having already been consumed, but since I’m not paying for it, and he brought two other growlers, I really should just shut up. This is a very nice brown ale. Dark brown with a ruby tint, decent head (despite the half full growler, ahem), from a distance it could be mistaken for a stout. Nice roasty nose, but not over the top or astringent. The flavor is clearly malt oriented, with a pleasant roasted note and a bit of chocolate. This is a brown ale with actual flavor. Some brewers go for flavor in a brown ale and overdo the roast, resulting in an astringent, almost sour note as a result. Others put in additional hops, but forget the malt body that needs to back it. Calhouns has the malty version down nicely, medium bodied and easy drinking, yet full flavored without astringency. A delicate balancing act that has been well executed.