strongpieman (1598) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 Bottle. Light brown, cloudy, moderate tan foamy head. Rich malty and caramel aroma, much more complex than most browns. Smooth mouthfeel, mild carbonation, fuller than expected. The taste brings out spices. The finish is moderate and doesn’t linger.
jkwood04 (4787) - Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle in shaker. Pours brown with a lacy, light tan head. Aroma of oatmeal, brown sugar, floral hops, and some dough. Flavor very nicely balanced between the oatmeal and brown ale. A silky texture as the description says. This is a pretty good beer.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On-tap at Datz poured into a giant snifter... Pours a dark brown, has a muddy character to it is bit off putting. The head is light tan, a very solid ring stays forever, thick lacing. If the body was a bit darker and not murky, this would be very highly rated... The aroma is too weak, a hint of caramel, tons of prunes, and burnt sugar. I’m missing the coffee or nuts I love in my browns... While I just wish there was more aroma, I’m not a big fan of what I do get form the taste. The front is very boring, and the finish is old stale coffee that has turned bitter. The mouthfeel is very watery, hurting this more. I had this next to the Soggy and I didn’t even want to drink this, in fact I didn’t and I kept stealing Olga’s.
This is an average brown that I wouldn’t have again.
Trev (2011) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: brown pour with a medium head.
Strong chocolate aroma, coffee, light nuttiness.
Bitter chocolate and coffee . Some nice roasted malt.
sthlm (1252) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle, thanks for the trade!] Pours deep reddish-brown, with a nice light tan head that rapidly diminishes to a thin film that lingers well. Aroma is a little nutty, some chocolate, a faint, different sweetness upon swirling the glass that is almost candyish (not caramel, but I can’t peg what it is). Taste has a lot of deeply roasted malt, but it isn’t overpowering, as is often the case with a lot of beers I try these days. Just the right amount of bitterness to balance it out, some nuttiness, and oatmeal. Medium-thin mouthfeel, smooth, and has a very long finish. This is a fairly simple beer, but sometimes it is nice to have something that isn’t trying to have too much going on, and just showcases what it has. A very sessionable, and solid beer that grew on me the longer I drank it. Thanks!
Radek Kliber (6682) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma coco beans, chocolate, light hop clean with good depth.7+
Appearance dark murky chocolate brown. Medium beige fine creamy top.3+
Flavor and Palate : Medium bodied. plenty of chocolate hinted by smoke and tobacco leaf. Slight hints of dry ash like coffee feel. Woody smoky finish. Nice.
FlacoAlto (3850) - 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 (184) - 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 (2245) - 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 (2295) - 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.