Brigadier (2985) - 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 donít 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 (3288) - 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 donít 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 beerís malt backbone, making this a pleasure to drink. Itís almost more like a nice stout, only without the heaviness in your belly. Brown ales arenít my thing, which is the only reason it doesnít rank higher. Itís 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 Iím not really digging this brown as it does not go down easy.
Sledutah (4689) - 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 (2224) - 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.
deyholla (6644) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Shane, thanks! Poured a slightly hazy red with a brown hue and a light brown that had a yellow hue that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of espresso with roasted malts and a note much else. Flavor was similar with espresso, but also a definite smokey/salty ham note that grew towards the finish. The ham note definitely took me for a loop.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle thanks to Markwise!). Pours clear brown with red hue liquid. tan head is slight and some nice, active carbonation when held up to the light. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and wood. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Thin bodied with creamy texture. Carbonation is fizzy on the tongue and finish is somewhat bitter. Easy-to-drink beer and very sessionable.
Aurelius (4178) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good label, except that itís slick plasticky. Rich, chocolate and raisin aroma. Grassy, porter-ish, toasted-roasted, not much fruit flavor. Tangy coffee in the finish. Lingering hops. Very good. New Leaf Market.
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown. Chocolate, cinnamon, caramel and bannana on the nose. Rich and chewy texture. Light hazelnut, oat and chocolate notes. It finishes smooth and well balanced. A very enjoyable brown ale.