KajII (800) - 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 Aleís I have tasted to date (and Iíve 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...
RLiddell (100) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up from the brewery. Pours a deep, chocolate brown with a very slight tan head. Aroma is toffee, dark fruit, roasted malt. Taste follows with an exquisite mouth feel for a brown ale. Recommended.
koleminer20 (2113) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. 22 oz bottle shared with Doug at his humble abode on March 07. The pour is a medium brown with a big frothy light khaki colored head and a ton of lace as it slowly fizzes (oh yeah, it sounded like a soda) down to a film. There is a light bubbly collar left. The aroma is interesting. There is a ton of sweet malts and a light cocoa. There is a bit of oxidation present, and itís got a strange earthy spiciness that I donít particularly care for. The flavor is pretty on par with this. There is a very dominating sweet malt and a little bit of brown sugar and cocoa. Itís a little more bitter than the nose would let on. There is again the spiciness that I canít figure out. The mouth feel is surprisingly thicker for a brown, but that fizzy carbonation really takes some of the enjoyment away. There is a lingeringly bitter cocoa and roasty finish. All in all, this wasnít awful, but that earthy spiciness really threw me for a loop.
77ships (7251) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml. bottle sampled @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. GUSHER. Bottle was quite a few years old probably. Brown, uneven mocha head. Nose is distinctly sour, sour coffee grounds, red fruits, powdery dark malts, vinegar, glue, puckering. Taste is sour coffee grounds, grainy malts, sour red fruit, vinegar, glue, rotting red grapes, sour mocha, varnish, grape jelly, spoiled lactic. Very heavy carbonation. Powdery. Age very likely aggravated these characteristics but age alone couldnít have caused them. It was very likely stored chilled for most of its lifetime. Oddly it isnít that bad really, one can almost think of it as a badly made Oud Bruin, some will probably rather like this one. I didnít expect this from Cigar City to be honest.
berntholer (1553) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
creamy beige head. dark brown colour. aroma is toffee, caramel, nuts, bit oxidized, sweet. taste like aroma, some burnt sugar bitterness aftertaste is quite sweet. rather dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. nice one! bottle
Savage_Night (403) - California, USA - SEP 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a red hue and a medium light brown head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: roasted malt, toffee, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, light coffee, light herbs, earthy, brown sugar, nuts, spices, peppercorn, molasses, faint citrus and light herbal hops. TASTE: roasted malt, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, alcohol, herbs, peppercorn, spices, nuts, hop spice and faint citrus. AFTER TASTE: toffee, malty, nuts and molasses with an oily smooth finish.
AndyW68 (1370) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Dark brown pour with light tan head. Aroma is sweet roast malt, wood and caramel. Taste is creamy version of the nose. Very very nice.
EyeAmBaldman (461) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours mahogany with a thick dark khaki head. Aroma is dark fruity. Taste is very Belgian and very similar to Rochefort. This is decent from Cigar City.
Paigeturner (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Could be one of my favorite brews, even though browns are not my favorite style. Brown pour tan head. Flavor of rich caramel and light cocoa. Smooth mouthfeel without any bad sweetness. So rich and smooth.
youdictategood (467) - 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.