KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle. The pour was a clear dark brown with an average (1-2 finger) tan frothy head that lasted throughout, reducing slightly down to a medium cap and possessed excellent sheets of lacing.
The aroma was mildly sweet with a toasted dark malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and a pronounced hazelnut presence.
The taste was moderately sweet and extremely malty with notes of toffee and chocolate from the start, and then became just a tad bitter with a decent note of coffee and a nice smooth nutty alcohol finish. The flavor hung on for a good long time following the swallow, with a really tasty mocha coffee flavor left to linger on.
Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a mild carbonation.
Overall this is one of the better Brown Ale’s I have tasted to date (and I’ve tasted quite a few). It has tons of flavor and a smooth drinkability, which did a great job of subduing the high ABV. If you ever get a chance to try this one PLEASE do so, you will not be disappointed...
youdictategood (323) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at New World Brewery. Reddish brown pour with thick head. Good bit of caramel in the aroma. Same with the taste - caramel, almonds, some cocoa. Creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff.
Gamin (146) - Brockport, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown. Tastes very rich and has a bit of sweetness against a strong roast character. It's delicious but isn't how I imagine brown ales.
ColovianTrader (417) - - APR 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel and toffee forward, with notes of mixed nuts, toasted malts and grains. Hints of tartness in the finish.
Derek881 (1047) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a dark brown color with a deep ruby red hue and a medium-sized creamy dark tan head with average retention, and good cling and lacing. Its aroma featured a malty blend of chocolate, caramel, and toffee, along with some nuts, earthy hops, and barley. The taste was full of sweet malty flavors, including caramel, chocolate, toffee, and a bit of nutty character and modest bitterness. It had a full, wet, creamy mouthfeel with lower carbonation and a good overall smooth character.
Fritz123 (1285) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine shared at Adam’s house. Pours a deep, opaque brown with a small tan head. Powerful roasted caramel malt aroma with almonds, milk chocolate, vanilla, booze, and leather. Taste is a huge malt bomb with milk chocolates, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, and shoe leather. Thick mouth, moderate carbonation. Roasted finish.
Homer321 (2633) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber to snifter. Nose is a ton of toast with a bread crust and light chocolate aroma. Dark brown. Medium sized off white head. Taste is initially butter from dark grain and hops. Lightly sweet but also balanced. Some noticeable alcohol warming. Nice.
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Thick Brown ale. Malty, caramelly, nutty, some chocolate. Huge sweetness and booze for a brown. CC going big as usual.
GreatDane1632 (947) - USA - JAN 14, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rated based on notes taken 28 Dec 2014 -- On tap. This beer is nothing but malty layers of caramel-y goodness. Very impressive brown, possibly the best brown I’ve ever had.
boozedude (2180) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy moly...This stuffs a pal.... bomber shared with hakes at club w dek bar. .brownish pour with super sugar and malts.. delicious...never been a big fan of brown. .but this is legit
ineedbeer (1164) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle from 2011 I believe.
Aroma is fairly oxidized with honey and cardboard. Medium light notes of toasted bread, caramel and nuts. Hints of chocolate and dark fruit.
Pours a dark brown with lighter brown hues on the edges with hints of burnt amber. Small, moderately thin, light mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers for a bit.
Flavor is slightly sweet with a moderate bitterness. Some cardboard notes but, the oxidation is not as noticeable as in the aroma. Moderately strong nuttiness with medium toasted bread and hints of caramel, roast and chocolate. Hints of dark fruit, cherry and raisin.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low,but present astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, age does not help this beer. I can imagine the aroma used to be more like the flavor and full of nuttiness and melanoidins, but now the oxidation dominates. The light fruit notes work well and add a bit of complexity.