jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Cheeseman. Pours a clear reddish brown with a smallish head. Great aroma of rich pipe tobacco, toasted nuts, and caramel. Sweet and bready, with a bitter chocolate ending.
zizzybalubba (1608) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle (unknown source other than my sister brought it back from Tampa). Dark brown, cola-like pour. Aroma of nutty roasted malt and light floral hops. The flavor is a nice chocolatey roasted malt with a nearly equal amount of hazelnut and finishes with light floral hops. Sessionable and just about as good as a brown ale gets.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, no date from Whole Foods Bowery--at least this time age isnít quite as crucial--thanks for the old Jai Alai! Date your damn bottles. Deep ruby mahogany when held up to light with a creamy one finger beige head, good retention. Nutty malts up front (mainly thinking hazelnuts) followed by some lightly sweet dark caramel notes, light earthy hops and a little tobacco. Flavor follows suit, nutty malts dominating. Not much sweetness throughout the flavor, the finish is dry and roasty (lightly burnt) with some dirty bitterness peaking at a 3. Slight metallic notes also in there. Low carbonation with a smooth light to medium body. Pretty solid and tasty, though I prefer Bender despite the = rating--perhaps Iíll have to rerate Bender.
DiarmaidBHK (3724) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has faint hints of coffee on the nose. Pours a dark brown that could be confused for black in low light. Silky mouthfeel almost akin to pudding. Lots of roasted maltiness on the tongue. Very nice.
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from PA. Pours a hazy brown/reddish mahogany color with a creamy tan head. Great spicy aroma. Nice medium body with a silky smooth mouth feel, not quite like a super slick/oily stout but very smooth; really enjoyable! Malty notes upfront are balanced by spices in the mid palate which give way to a slightly bitter dry finish. Slight hints of chocolate are balanced with the spicy notes and slightly bitter finish. Not your typical brown ale, but really well done and quite enjoyable. Overall: (A)
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz from Alís beer store in Dupont Circle area DC. Pours a warm reddish-brown hue with little to no foam head. Aroma is malt, sugar, nuts and oats. Taste is smooth, mild, and oaty. Tastes a lot like a traditional oatmeal stout. Nice beer.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep brown with a creamy head. Nuts, brown sugar, alcohol, and spices are in the nose. Loads of nuts on the palate, sweet sugars, spices, and a pleasant amount of chocolate make this fairly tasty.
maneliquor (3469) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Most dissapointing beer of the night at the rattle n hum. Pours a dark red brown with a small head. Dry nuts on the nose. Sweet in a not so pleasant way. Nuts and spices with an almost coriander like finish. Not my favourite
AndyReynolds (1055) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma is sweet malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Notes of cedar, aged tobacco leaf and some american hops stand out. The body is much lighter than expected. Flavor is a little sweet. Impressive, but not mot imkpressive.
DialSquare (3396) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just assumed Iíd rated this one. Iíve tried many times now - base and variations. Brown ales in theory arenít my thing -- the sweet brown sugars the culprit. This is one of a few that are starting to break the personal stereotype. The sweetness in this one comes more from the malts -- brown sugars are balanced out well with bitter spice and tea vibe. Makes this one of the few drinkable browns for me.