RJ815 (11) - Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into glass as instructed by can (though Iíve also tried tap version).
Perhaps the most notable thing about this beer is that itís very smooth on the palate, followed by a distinct mix of chocolate and coffee flavors. Pairs reasonably well with food, as the can boasts.
I personally find the tap / draft version superior to the can version, mostly because the aroma and taste are noticeably stronger there. Both the aroma and taste are pleasant from the can version, but not outstanding.
raradel (274) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid brown. Standard for the style, very balanced. Light body, lacks aroma though.
conway (901) - - OCT 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours dark brown with a large off white head. Aroma is fruit and caramel to start but adds some chocolate and roasted malt as it warms. Taste more or less follows suit but the finish really plays up the roasted malt. Palate is rich and smooth. This is really enjoyable.
thedm (4850) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This canned brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated transparent red brown colored body. The strong aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering dark malt aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of roasted malt brown malt caramel and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
jmgreenuk (2614) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at GABF 2013. Poured a clear dark chesnut brown with a frothy light off white head. The aroma is nutty malt. The flavour is medium to weak bitter with a smooth malty nut palate.
merc7186 (1472) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours outstanding with a deep brown color to it, a rich, foamy brown head, and great lacing on the glass throughout. The smell is decent as I got rich malts, caramel, a light earthy floral scent, and sweet fruit (like a papaya). The beer tastes outstanding as it is very smooth and well balanced, hints of nuttiness and oatmeal blended nicely together and a mild smokey finish. The mouthfeel is great as the beer is well carbonated and smooth on the mouth. Overall, an excellent brown ale that they should be proud of...I can see why they have made many variations of it as it gives it a solid base to start with.
Cantabrian (674) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2013
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Looks, smells and tastes like one of those Japanese cold coffee drinks one gets from roadside vending machines. Not good enough a coffee, not good enough a beer.
DocJitsu (597) - Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dull, very cloudy dark caramel apple color with nearly no head at Al. Maybe the most unattractive beer Iíve ever seen. Aromas of souring apple on the ground under the tree and sorghum coated horse feed. Smooth mouthfeel that becomes slightly astringent at the finish. Adequate carbonation scrub. Flavors are mellow and reflect the nose.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany color with a small off-white head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.The aroma is really big with tons of caramel malts and nuts along with a faint hop aroma and some tobacco and chocolate. The taste follows the aroma with the dominant caramel malt sweetness with lots earthy notes, nuts and tobacco. Smooth and creamy medium body with moderate carbonation.
Duke_Samson (3) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2013 does not count
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
My second from a six-pack of cans: It smells "Iím going to like this" good and the first taste hits well. The bubbles are large and the head might be great if I poured it from half-a-meter; itís gone now after a few minutes. Now it tastes charred and syrupy, but there is a nice bitter spot in the middle. The after taste trails off nicely to a nice brown ale flavor, after a shock of shoe-polish mid-gulp. Overall itís not to my liking. I suspect it was perfect on canning day and developed some bad petroleum nuances sitting on the shelf.