DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 ounce sample at Midtown Sundries in St. Pete, FL. The aroma has lots of roastiness and huskiness present (oats, in hindsight). Light choco aromas and caramel hints, too. Pretty nice. A little hazy brown cola-colored body with a light brown head that is strong and leaves great lacing behind. Starts with scant metallic notes before this becomes quite nutty, chewy, and roasted. Nice sweetness present. Not too thin. Does have a bit of saltiness and a miniscule amount of diacetyl. A nice brown ale.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: † Interesting Brown Ale, a bit malty, mild sweetness, a little earthy. † Darker brown in color, some ruby hues, large frothy beige head. † Finish is really roasty, with some lingering hints of cocoa and figs/dates. † A little chalky too. † Low hop, has a very slight hint of tartness to it. † Seems okay, but doesnít have the malt backbone that I would want in a nice Brown. † Seems a little too simple and thin. † Older bottle? † Would like to revisit as this one was less than stellar.
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Aroma is plum, raisin, red fruit, smoke, wood, cigar, cedar, cigars hops. Flavour is smoky woody fruity, hoppy, loads of caramel, roasted malt. Some oats. Light and drinkable, yet full of flavour. Nice one.
Vaiz (3867) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from secret santa, thanks! Clear dark brown pour, almost no head. Aroma of dark roasty malts, some sweet brown sugars, a hint of tobacco, some wood and a hint of dark fruits. Flavor is slightly sweet, somewhat bitter and in a very nice balance. Slightly watery texture. Very nice brew though.
strongpieman (1601) - 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 doesnít linger.
jkwood04 (4808) - 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. Iím missing the coffee or nuts I love in my browns... While I just wish there was more aroma, Iím 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 didnít even want to drink this, in fact I didnít and I kept stealing Olgaís.
This is an average brown that I wouldnít have again.
Trev (2014) - 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 (1254) - 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 canít peg what it is). Taste has a lot of deeply roasted malt, but it isnít 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 isnít 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 (6691) - 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.