mansquito (3444) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Key Food, Brooklyn 6-pack ($12.50): Pours a darkish, mud brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of oatmeal, malts, and coffee. Taste has got some hop bitterness, but that is in the background. In the foreground there are a ton of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee. Medium bodied. A very complex brown ale that deviates from the norm of the style by many degrees. A unique brown ale, that is amongst the best I’ve had in the style.
bleeng (1533) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Very dark brown with a tan head. Nose is coffee, burnt malts, some oatmeal. Taste is a small amount of chocolate, nice burnt malts on the end. Alcohol is evident but only slightly. Body is medium but the flavors and body fade a bit on the end. One of the better brown ales I’ve had.
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - NOV 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy, smooth bodied, with minimal head. Roasted malts, light molasses, some wood, coffee, light chocolate, too. Finish has a smooth, lightly bitter/sour tone to it. Generally not a fan of brown ales but this one has a lot of character not normally found in the style.
tastybeer (1738) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black/brown with a tan head. Flavor is dark cocoa, iced coffee, light smokiness and nuts. Definitely the best brown ale I’ve tried.
Brigadier (3010) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
Thank go to a generous Florida trader for throwing this in a well packaged box. A very solid and well rounded brown ale I could drink a few of these without eroding the palate. Striking a nice balance between delicacy and flavor it definitely proves at least one thing - the people behind the beers at Cigar City know how to make a quality product.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep brown (almost black) the chestnut base brings color to a dark beer. Fluid with a rich creamy head it looks like somebody blended Twix bars into liquid form. Acorns stored in an old cedar basket fil the air with the smells of a crisp fall afternoon. Light and effective it does not have much depth but then again it is a basic brown ale not a malt bomb. Sometimes less is more.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate dipped chips, tea dregs, and bitter candle wax form a memorable but clean impression on the palate. Light with a mildly bitter finish this strikes most of the right notes. Without overwhelming the palate it is more than just alcohol and malt. Ultimately I don’t think I would place it above many other examples of the style but for those in the southeast this may be one of the best.
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very creamy body, light wood and chocolate with booze and licorice accents through the creamy, lightly smoky. Nose is smoky, a bit oxidized with plum and raisin accents.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, this was deep brown that faded to grapefruit on the edges, with virtually no head and minimal lacing. I tend to think of brown ales are fairly blue collar beers, suitable for the industrial north of England or for when I don’t have enough spare shekels to buy something expensive. This one busts the stereotype, though, with a rich, roasty, and complex malt profile that makes it a worthy sipper despite the low abv. The oatmeal really smooths out the syrupy edges in the beer’s malt backbone, making this a pleasure to drink. It’s almost more like a nice stout, only without the heaviness in your belly. Brown ales aren’t my thing, which is the only reason it doesn’t rank higher. It’s an exemplar of the style.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. brown bottle from 50belair. A dark brown beer with almost no head. The aroma has a lot of alcohol for 5.5%. The taste is decent with a little roast, and some nuttiness but I have to admit I’m not really digging this brown as it does not go down easy.
Sledutah (4920) - Utah, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Cigar City
Appearance: Pours a clear brown with a red tint with a small beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, nutty and some smokiness
Taste: Toasted malts, dried cocoa, nutty toffee
A nice brown ale, easy to drink.
unclemike (2269) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear ruby-brown with a small soapy tan head. Aroma is smoky and rich, chocolate, oatmeal, pot in there as well. Flavor is thinner than the aroma would suggest. Nice and smoky, chocolate, dry cocoa, and a nice nuttiness.