Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Dark brown colour. Aromatic dark malts complement light sugar & nuts. Sweet and smokey body shows surprising complexity for the style. A bit thin at the finish but pretty good.
jcwattsrugger (10903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap-pours a light tan head that laces and black color with red tint. Aroma is dark malt-molasses. Taste is dark malt-sweet molasses, roasty, faint hops. Mild carbonation.
JoeMcPhee (8167) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark brown with a slight ruby tint, thick tan-coloured head. Chocolately malt aroma, some espresso and cola as well. Rich coffee flavour, with some faint chocolate and an assertively bitter finish. This strikes me as more of a porter than a brown ale. Very good.
3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich dark brown with some orange light at the edges. Some chocolate and coffee scents, almost an oatmeal flavor as well, but the taste is very porter-like: rich, toasty dry malts with some light fruit or maple notes. Overall it ends up being a little plain and simple.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any first impressions?
-A veil of creamy head leaves decorative lacing around an obscure brown with burgundy hues.
-Sweet chestnuts atop roastiness form a meek perfume.
-Roastiness takes the lead in the flavor, but plenty of caramel and hazelnuts sweeten the deal.
-A silky mouthfeel is created by these malts; well-fed yet perfectly drinkable.
What if you dig deeper?
-Subtle citrusy, herbal hops link the roasted and chocolate malts well.
-Dark chocolate soundly makes its way to the malt’s reach, a sign of its complexity.
-It finishes smoothly with just enough of a roasted malt bitterness and sweet cherry fruitiness to please.
-This is definitely reminiscent of Bedondaine’s own Noix de Marmotte brown ale.
-An expertly carved monument to brown ales which remains accessible to most beholders.
Bottle; no date.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008-02-01. Bottle. Dark brown body with a small beige head. Roasty malt aroma, toasty notes and a very slight note of oxidation. Similar flavours but a touch more muted, roasty malt is dominant character. Averate to thin palate. Decent, touch thin at times. Roast does not do it for me personally but it is an interesting brown ale.
DuffMan (6076) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GCBF 2010. Hazy dark brown. Toasty dark malts, nutty, light char. Really nice.
HogTownHarry (5976) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog - May 13, 2010. 660ml bottle shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. Deep clear ruby pour, average creamy/bubbly white head. Dry leafy aroma, with cocoa powder roast and dry bitterness added - no alcohol detected, which is nice. The taste is nutty and dry, with just a background bitterness, again it has no alcohol character to it. Think, slick and slightly astringent on the palate, weakly carbonated, with a quick, wispy dry finish. Clean, not syrupy - and that’s really all I look for in a brown ale now - no syrup!!
blankboy (5735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (650ml) shared with jerc, mabel, GregClow & mds -- courtesy of GregClow. Pours a deep ruby-brown with an average size diminishing tan head. Aroma’s pretty roasty with some coffee and a hint of smoke. Slightly watery flavour of lightly roasted malt along with notes of coffee and nuts. Average bodied. A decent Brown Ale.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toasty and roasty almost leaning toward charred and earthy with a hint of chocolaye in there as well. Pours brown darker than normal with some haze and a tarnish head. Dry flavors of toast and roast charred malts, nifty notes earthy bitterness almost astringent but still smooth and drinlable. Nice brown.