gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub, on January 21, 2011
Hazy dark brown color, tan head. Sweet, hoppy, spicy taste, roasted aftertaste. A bit moussy mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Some alcohol, root beer (Jenka), sweet, hoppy scent.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chestnut brown with a thinnish head. Metallic choco hinted aromas mingle with a touch of bittering earthy root vibes for smelling. The body itself is easily quaffable with a delicate velvety texture that reveals a potently complex flavor without being overly cerebral. It has content with smoothed drinkability and yeilds a great session brew and one that can be good in cold or warm weather. Slight deviations from the norm are noticed in a slight plantain, cinnamon smoked out finish. nice
cheap (4160) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Let me tell you, I thought I was not going to like this beer because its so highly rated and was expecting something really bitter & over the top; but I was pleasantly surprised. Nice black pour. Staying head with big and small bubbles. Smells good and friendly. Initial roasty mild taste. Good flavor thru the session. Has a medium to mild somewhat pleasing bitter backbone. Ashy good flavors permiate. Easy going and one of the better brown ales I’ve had, refeshingly gentlemanly. Civilized brown ale fer sure. Good overall beer experience.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
edium to dark brown with tan head. nose of chocolate malt. solid bitterness before some low and medium crystal sweetness with chocolate notes before some citrus/herbal hop notes before a clean fermentation profile and very low residual sweetnes leaving this a very drinkable and enjoyable brown ale. the moutfeel from the oatmeal could likely be duplicated by a low carbonation level
Pailhead (5025) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Styles
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, and roasted nuts. It pours a transparent orangish-brown with a small beige bead that quickly fades to a thing ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with caramel. The finish has moderate roasted nuts, chocolate, and some faint piney hops. Light bodied with mild carbonation.
boFNjackson (4156) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (thanks to Beerlando)... Poured brownish with red tones. Lots of plump fruit, oats, molasses, ginger root. Maple and and sweet malt tones. Hops seemed absent, with a nice yeast tone in the finish.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Possibly the best brown I’ve had. Really creamy full body with a ton of flavor, hops, dark malt, chocolate, oats. Doesn’t feel thick, but tastes thick, if that makes any sense. Strongly recommended.
And it would pair GREAT with a cigar.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a mug.
3.5 A: Looks like a clear dark brown in the mug. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head with average retention and a bit of lacing.
4.5 S: This one smells great! Musky nuttiness (if that makes sense) is powerful with coffee undertones, oatmeal, a bit woody, and at times chalky cocoa. Apparently this pairs well with cigars and I can see why based on the nose. It has the musky, earthy smell of a cigar shop. Not overly complex, but really nice.
4.0 T: Taste is good, but not quite as good as the nose. Again, there’s a musky nuttiness, pithy earthiness, raw cocoa, oatmeal, and some coffee. Hops don’t do much here aside from a touch of earth. Low bitterness and for the most part dry.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit chalky, could be a bit creamier, but otherwise smooth.
4.0 D: I do like me some brown ales and this was a good one. I’d have this again anytime...maybe next time with a nice cigar!
bhensonb (11364) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from ericandersnavy. A principal source of CC for me. Pours pretty dark brown with a fizzy, transient beige/tan head. Aroma is very smooth and malty. Hints of brown sugar and darkish fruit. Suddenly a touch of chocolate. Med body. Starts malty and quickly generates chocolate. It makes no sense, but it seems to suggest tobacco. Finishes smooth earthy chocolate.
HonusWagner (1511) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2012 Has the very rich sweet caramel nose and taste of the Bolita Double Brown without the syrupy thickness and cloying finish. A good brown ale, though I don’t love it as I used to.
E: has become a bit roastier and more chocolatey in the front. Weird. Still very good.