FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on tap at the Ravenous Pig; January 2011
The beer is a nice red brown color that shows a clear, deep red hue when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a frothy, pale browned, tan colored head. The nose has a hint of roast character that contributes a definite nuttiness to the nose. It is sweet and malty with a caramel, almost butterscotch like note to it. There is also a hint of herbal hop character to the beer. The fruity aromatics are boosted as the beer warms; it is more berry like (but almost reminds me of brandy at times), but still the brown, toasted whole grain malt character is the central focus of the aroma. The nose of this beer is really nice, I could smell this beer for quite some time.
The flavor has a nutty character to it as well as a touch of roast character in the finish; this last even lingers a bit on the palate after a sip. This has a prickly carbonation as well as a carbonic bite to it in the finish. This has a big, malty, caramel sweetness to it that never gets to be too much. This has a medium’ish body to it that is chewy, but it is still quite quaffable and I can see this pairing quite well with food. The hop character supports the dominant malt character with a firm bitterness and a hint of an herbal edge that gets a bit earthy at times. The spicy caramel corn that is served at The Pig dries out this beer significantly and accentuates the roast malt character a bit. I actually liked the flavor a bit better before the caramel corn. This is actually fairly hoppy for traditional brown ale, but it works really well here as the malt character is quite big. The dark, not quite roasted, caramel malt notes form up the base character in the middle of this beer, which supports all the other flavors that are here.
This beer is really nice; I like the malty brown ale that this is. It is definitely hoppy, but it plays only a supporting role and I could drink a whole lot of this beer; I think I might like this beer as much as I do the Jai Alai. Knowing Joey’s preferences in beer, I can definitely see his hand in this beer; I know he likes a good brown ale. So do I, and this one definitely hits the spot; it is one of the best brown ales I have had in quite some time.
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown body with hints of ruby. The head is off white and tall, frothy and creamy. Nose is dusty and toasted malts and really affected by the creamy head. Flavors include caramel malts, toasted nuts, strong wet leafy tobacco and some fresh cherry or nectarine fruit quality. Really dominant tobacco flavor when cold, with the malts really only gaining some footing once the beer warms. Interesting profile, loved the body texture, but couldn’t drink it regularly.
pushkinwow (2183) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle - thanks Julie and Mike for bringing it back from Tampa. Pours a strong brown with a large tan head that dissipates to a nice lacing. Aroma of oats and caramel, a little nutty. Taste is a little thin but a nice roasted nutiness with good carbonation, very nice bitterness on the finish that slowly fades. Definitely has to be served warmer to bring out the nice bitter finish though (at first it was metallic). Overall its a good brown ale but just not my favourite style.
craftycarl21 (2287) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Churchkey. Brown pour with a small head. Aroma is very nice, with oatmeal, brown sugar, caramel malt, and a touch of hop balance. Flavor holds more caramel and molasses and some roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite drinkable with a nice dryness to the finish. Not my favorite style, but this is a very well done brown.
TheJester (2047) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL bottle. Translucent, almost opaque chestnut brown. Just a film of beige head left after settling. Malty, nutty, earthy nose. Proper brown. The flavour is brown sugar, nuts, sweetish up front. Kinda juicy, but not in a fruity way. Some hops. Big body for the style, and has a silky mouthfeel from the oatmeal. Some bittering hops in the finish. A little dry, but not metallic. Nice beer.
jesperhammer (3314) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16-MAR-2011, bottle @home, from "Whole Foods Orlande. It is Esthers birthday.
Served to please Morten - the brown alian:-)
Very agressive brown ale. Not just the usual charamel taste but also a lot of cigar (!), hoppy bitterness, peppars and spices.
One of the best brown ales I have had, though I am not a big fan of the style
mcberko (8268) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, sent by FuckSociety (thanks Sebastian), pours dark brown with a reddish hue and a small beige head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, nuts, berries (raspberries especially) and oats. Flavour of oatmeal, nuts, caramel malts and sweet berries. Quite nice.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a deep shade of brown. Nose is mostly of coffee, potentially espresso, with a little chocolate note. Taste is mostly of the espresso character.
chris21274 (11) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown/black. Nice coffee/roasty aroma followed by the same taste. I taste a hint of chocolate, no cigar :), but a definite espresso character. No hop aroma. It’s thin on the palate, but I like my brown’s thin - it’s a surprise even though there’s oatmeal in it.
It’s worth seeking out if you can find it. It tasted better on draft than from bottle (go figure).
FROTHINGSLOSH (5215) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured dark brown with a large foamy tan head that lingered and produced good lacing. The flavor was sweet with notes of cigar, cherry, tobacco, and an odd tangy presence that was hard to identify. The flavor was tangy, woody, malty and nutty with notes of cigar, light chocolate and a light earthy cedary undertone. The finish was very long. Medium body. Very interesting. Tastes like a cigar shop smells.