JohnnyJ (4089) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks too 50belair. Clear brown pour, small light tan head. Mostly roasted malt, nuts and chocolate in the aroma. Flavor is similar, but has this interesting spiciness to it, also caramel and light coffee. Nice, well made brown ale.
Leafs93 (1611) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown. Aroma is roasted caramel with some chocolate undertones. Taste is caramel sweetness. Very smooth and easy to drink.
ReggieDunlap (2927) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a brown color much like root beer with a medium tan head...nice lacing! aroma is delicate...roasty and has notes of coffee. flavor has some spicy and earthy hops, notes of tobacco, chocolate, and coffee. mouthfeel is a tad bit watery immediately then becomes creamy and silky with a lingering roasty and spicy finish...slightly dry. awesome brown ale!!
nick76 (4145) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is consistent with burnt malt, oatmeal, chocolate, and coffee. The appearance is medium red brown with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with a bit of astringency. The palate is smooth but a bit thin. Overall a pretty average brown ale, but I like brown ales.
jeff789 (1404) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown in color, tiny white head, fades quickly... malty aroma, not much hop... smooth clean body, thin mouthfeel... slightly nutty flavor, creamy, some finishing hops, decent...
chickenflea (314) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich mahogany brown with a medium tan head with good lacing an retention.
Aroma is OK with dark fruits predominating. There is a pungent roastiness as well.
Taste is where this beer excels. Not as sweet as some browns, with a subtle sourness in the midtaste that morphs into a hoppy, smoky bitterness. The smoke flavor hangs in there in the finish. If you like smoky brews, and I do, this is a very fine brown. But it seems to me more in the style of a very smooth dry stout.
Mouthfeel is medium and a little sticky.
Very drinkable. The bitter smoky finish adds an intriguing quality to this brown. I was surprised to find this brew in a attractively priced six-pack. I will be keep in these in the fridge for as long as they are available.
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Kiefdog, thanks much. This is my second CCB rating, and again, I’m pleasantly surprised. Taste-wise, this is a malty beer, with notes of tobacco. This is definitely one of the better brown’s I’ve had in quite sometime. DFH Indian Brown was top in my book, but lost it’s place. By looking at other brown ale ratings, it appears as though CCB definitely owns that corner of the market.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Alan. Thanks! Pours murky brown color with light tan head. Aroma is dominated by chocolate notes. Silky light mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has a chocolate center, followed by a nutty flavor, and finishes semi-dry. A tasty brew. Thanks!
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very decent brown ale. Second brown ale in a month, and am glad I’ve hit two good brews. Pours a heavy brown with a cola sized, medium-light head. Nose is nutty with oatmeal, grains, and porter qualities of roasted malts, chocolate and earth tones. Tastes is heavy malts, a fair amount of chocolate and cherry like qualities. Slight vanilla and slight burnt feel.
cbfobes (2155) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle thanks to drowland! Pours a muddy brown color with a thin head, the aroma is sweet with malt and hints of chocolate, the taste is very rich with malt mixed in with nuts, chocolate and a hint of coffee in the finish, this is a special beer.